Jane Andrewartha – Clyde & Co LLP Specialising in high-value cross border disputes, Clyde & Co LLP‘s Jane Andrewartha is 'a highly experienced and well-regarded mediator, who is vigorous in challenging each party's position, but in a way which does not erode confidence in her and the process'. She stands out in the world of mediation as a leading UK mediator who also maintains a full private law practice; and is particularly experienced in insurance and reinsurance, as well as a wide range of the industries protected by (re)insurers, including financial services, marine, energy, aviation and construction. Andrewartha's substantial caseload of mediated disputes further includes agency, contractual, transport and technology matters.
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Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) – CEDR Chambers One of the most senior and sought-after mediators in practice today, CEDR Chambers‘ principal mediator and co-founder Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) adapted her practice to conduct mediations 100% virtually when the pandemic began in 2020. Recent representative experience includes the mediation of high-value and complex disputes concerning financial services, IT and telecoms, property, employment and infrastructure, as well as pensions, partnerships, joint ventures, shareholders, IP and the public sector. Notable examples include a 19-hour, multi-party, virtual mediation involving claims for professional negligence and breach of contract, in relation to a staff pension fund.
Stuart Chapman – Independent Mediators Stuart Chapman joined Independent Mediators from IPOS Mediation in mid-2020, and has since undertaken over 70 mediations. Overall, he has conducted over 500 mediations since he began mediating in 2008; and is ‘very capable, quickly grasps the issues and the detail of the dispute, and is effective in helping the parties narrow the issues and reach agreement‘. Chapman’s practice covers a broad cross-section of practice areas, including general commercial, construction, insolvency, insurance, partnership, professional negligence and shareholder disputes.
Colin Russ – Colin David Russ Colin Russ at Colin David Russ is ‘quick to digest the facts, and understand the scope of the dispute and the drivers/barriers to settlement. He is also calm, positive and pragmatic – qualities which get the clients to buy in to his views/advice‘. Russ is experienced in disputes involving construction, insolvency, contracts, and shareholder and partnership issues, along with professional negligence, real estate, IP and financial services; and in March 2020, he launched his CDR Remote service. In a recent 12 month-period, Russ completed 91 remote mediations and four in-person mediations.
Chris Fitton – IPOS Mediation Chris Fitton at IPOS Mediation is 'a good communicator for opening up the discussions, probing at the issues, and finding alternative paths for unblocking areas of dispute'. He mediated approximately £70m-worth of disputes in 2020, predominantly focusing on commercial and insurance matters; and his Scottish practice has also continued to grow. The practice areas where Fitton has recently been most active are professional indemnity claims against solicitors, accountants and construction professionals; public sector infrastructure projects; and disputes between shareholders, and claims against shareholders/directors by liquidators and banks.
Phillip Howell-Richardson – Independent Mediators A full-time, independent mediator since 2005, Independent Mediators' Phillip Howell-Richardson is 'calm, persuasive and patient; he gains a good grasp of the dispute and effectively ensures that the parties concentrate on the key points that are dividing them, so that the issues can be narrowed and a settlement negotiated'. Howell-Richardson has over 30 years’ experience in mediating the most complex cases in the UK and internationally; recent claims mediated have involved commercial contracts, banking and finance, fraud, insurance and professional negligence, as well as insolvency, oil and gas, property, IP, employment and environment claims.
Kate Jackson – Independent Mediators Working full time as a mediator since 2009, Kate Jackson joined Independent Mediators in 2015. She is described as 'a fantastic mediator, who is calm, pragmatic and thoughtful'. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales, and New York, ex-Magic Circle litigator Jackson is experienced in handling high-value, high-profile disputes; and her clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances. In addition to her commercial mediation practice, she is on the Court of Appeal Mediator Panel, and is a former member of the Approved Panel of mediators for the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Mark Jackson-Stops – IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation head of chambers Mark Jackson-Stops was 'one of the first professional mediators and so has a CV and a pedigree that no one else has; and he is trustworthy, diligent, empathetic, robust, commercial and intelligent'. Jackson-Stops has mediated over 1,700 cases to date; and is particularly sought out for mediations concerning professional negligence, property, construction, probate/inheritance, financial services, insurance and commercial contracts. Recent highlights have included a dispute between a hedge fund manager in New York and a company in the British Virgin Islands, which was mediated from London.
Rosemary Jackson QC – Keating Chambers A silk since 2006, Rosemary Jackson QC at Keating Chambers is 'an exceptionally good mediator. She quickly wins the confidence of clients with her knowledge of the issues, and appears to have endless reserves of patience, enthusiasm and optimism'. Jackson is consistently sought out for complex and high-value construction, engineering, energy and offshore disputes, particularly multi-party, PFI, professional negligence and insurance claims, as well as mediations requiring careful project management.
Michel Kallipetis QC – Independent Mediators Michel Kallipetis QC at Independent Mediators has 'a non-judgemental and warm approach - for Michael, it is all about getting the result. He does not stamp his own personality on the mediation'. Kallipetis, the former head of Littleton Chambers, regularly mediates disputes involving partnerships, banking, insurance and reinsurance, employment, personal injury, and solicitor, valuer and medical negligence claims. He also mediates high-value construction, engineering and commercial disputes, including referrals from the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court.
Jon Lang – IPOS MediationFollowing approximately 20 years as a solicitor in private practice, IPOS Mediation‘s Jon Lang became a full-time mediator in 2005. One of the UK’s busiest mediators, Lang is ‘a go-to mediator, who is well prepared, in control, and most importantly effective‘. He regularly mediates two or three cases each week; and as a result of the pandemic, Lang’s international practice has expanded to include greater numbers of mediations involving parties from the US, Middle East, Russia, Australia and across Europe. Lang has recently been particularly active in relation to professional negligence, property, insolvency, public sector procurement, banking, partnership and shareholder disputes.
Jonathan Lloyd-Jones – Independent Mediators Practising exclusively as a commercial mediator with Independent Mediators since 2012, Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is 'impressive when dealing with clients - he makes them feel confident in the mediation process, and works extremely hard to get the parties to understand the risks they face and the benefits of settlement'. Lloyd-Jones's practice is particularly focused on professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, insurance brokers, and independent financial advisers. He also mediates insurance industry disputes, insolvency matters, claims for restitution based on fraud, and restrictive covenant breaches by departing employees.
Mark Lomas QC – Independent Mediators Mark Lomas QC at Independent Mediators is 'patient, persuasive, yet unassuming and has a very keen eye for knowing what will break a deadlock situation'. Lomas ceased practice as an advocate in 2009 to devote himself full time to mediation and arbitration; and for approximately 12 years, he has acted regularly as mediator in a wide variety of disputes, in relation to commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, banking and financial services, construction, and probate and trusts.
Karl Mackie CBE – CEDR Chambers One of the most influential commercial mediators in the UK and Europe, CEDR Chambers' founder president Karl Mackie CBE has mediated over 1,000 high-value disputes during his career. His caseload ranges from complex class actions and multi-party disputes to commercial and regulatory disputes with national and international implications. Mackie's recent experience includes mediations involving international commercial matters, engineering and energy, public sector contracts, and business and human rights, along with employee and shareholder disputes, finance, insurance and insolvency. Case examples include a sensitive mediation involving disability discrimination allegations following the dismissal of a senior executive.
Bill Marsh – Independent Mediators Involved in full-time in mediation since 1991, Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators 'builds trust right from the start of the process, and is calm, professional, thorough, friendly and commercial - he is also extremely measured in his approach, while being direct with clients when required'. Marsh's highly active mediation practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes (both UK and internationally), including commercial contracts, product liability, professional negligence, and insurance and reinsurance, along with shareholder, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping issues.
Andrew Paton – Independent Mediators Andrew Paton at Independent Mediators is 'just perfect for getting deals done where the parties need a push. He is solutions-focused, and always finds a way to get the parties talking - and early in the process'. Paton - a former partner at Pinsent Masons LLP - has mediated in excess of 1,200 cases to date, and is particularly experienced in professional negligence claims involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects, engineers, surveyors, financial advisers and insurance brokers. He is also active in relation to construction matters, as well as property and commercial claims.
Jane Player – Independent Mediators Joining Independent Mediators in April 2021 from IPOS Mediation, Jane Player ‘gets to the heart of the issues quickly and effectively, cutting through irrelevant considerations, and focusing on what is important; and she is able to handle difficult personalities and sensitive issues. Jane is also commercial, and works hard to focus minds and ensure that the parties see the true alternatives to a negotiated settlement‘. Player focuses on general corporate and contractual claims, fraud and project disputes, including pharmaceutical, energy, technology, IP and media matters; and has particular experience in managing the cross-cultural aspects of joint venture and international shareholder disputes.
Alistair Pye – IPOS Mediation 'One of the most dynamic mediators on the market', Alistair Pye at IPOS Mediation has the 'ability to grasp the key issues and keep the parties focused on a same-day resolution; and he is direct but pleasant, focused, effective and encouraging'. In a recent 12-month period, Pye conducted a total of 66 mediations, the vast majority of which were via Zoom; instructions covered construction/engineering issues, a range of professional negligence matters, inheritance disputes (often farming community-related proprietary estoppel claims), and insurance coverage.
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Quentin Smith - Mediator The 'incredibly affable and calm' Quentin Smith - Mediator 'has a way of making everyone feel very relaxed and ready to compromise - he is also effective and swift to respond'. Notwithstanding the pandemic, Smith's mediation practice remained highly active during 2020, with appointments in over 40 mediations and a high success rate. Recent work highlights have included a group action against a firm of solicitors, alleging under-settlement of several historic abuse claims; the termination of a high-value sports sponsorship agreement, following Covid-19 rules preventing crowd attendances; and a technically complex claim concerning offshore fund management.
Beverly-Ann Rogers – Serle Court Full-time and highly sought-after mediator Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court is 'really excellent in her grasp of detail and quick assessment of a case - she works out the essential and weeds out the irrelevant'. Her main areas of practice reflect her expertise as a chancery barrister, notably trust and estates, property, partnership, company and professional negligence, but her work further extends to general commercial and employment disputes. Recent cases include breach of trust claims involving offshore trusts and the eligibility of persons (as beneficiaries) in a high-value trust.
Stephen Ruttle QC – Brick Court Chambers 'Easily the best mediator on the circuit', Brick Court Chambers' Stephen Ruttle QC 'brings to bear a unique combination of skills - formidable technical expertise, a deep understanding of people and business motivations, and a genuine passion for finding creative ways of resolving disputes'. He ceased practising as a barrister and silk in 2002, and has since worked full time as a commercial mediator. By January 2021, Ruttle had mediated approximately 1,700 cases of nearly every legal type, from both the public and private sectors; and even during the pandemic, he completed over 70 virtual mediations.
Patrick Walker – IPOS Mediation A full-time mediator since 2016, IPOS Mediation's Patrick Walker 'gives every confidence that he is in control of the mediation process - he is calm and firm in dealing with the various parties, and in trying to identify areas that could be catalysts for discussions'. Previously working throughout the UK from bases in London and Leeds, Walker now operates exclusively online as a result of the pandemic, serving clients both in the UK and abroad. Typically mediating two or three times a week, his areas of specialism include professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction.
William Wood QC – Brick Court Chambers A leading commercial mediator in the UK and internationally, William Wood QC at Brick Court Chambers is 'in a league of his own. He's super-smart, funny, and can quite simply work magic'. Wood handles approximately 70 disputes a year, with a global practice covering sectors including insurance, banking, oil and gas, product liability, pharmaceuticals, professional negligence, and construction and engineering. He is also increasingly involved in human rights cases.
Heather Allen – CEDR Chambers A commercial mediator since 1995, CEDR Chambers' Heather Allen covers a broad range of disputes involving commercial contracts, employment, inheritance, shareholder, property and, more recently, clinical negligence. Recent matters have included a complex employment claim that concerned length of service, discrimination and victimisation issues, as well as disputed monies owed; and a claim by a loan facilitator against a commercial property developer for non-payment of fees.
Rebecca Clark – IPOS Mediation Establishing her mediation practice in 2015, IPOS Mediation‘s Rebecca Clark is ‘very personable and quickly builds strong relationships; she is calm and willing to go the extra mile to achieve a settlement‘. Clark experienced a 50% increase in instructions in 2020, her recent work highlights including resolving a complex international shipping reinsurance claim between a Nigerian PLC and a UK insurance broker.
Fiona Colquhoun – CEDR Chambers One of CEDR Chambers' leading mediators, Fiona Colquhoun has conducted over 600 mediations to date; her practice covers general commercial and employment matters, including pensions and NHS funding disputes. Recent highlights have included a longstanding dispute with a large organisation and an independent company that was contracted to provide a number of services; and a tenant/landlord dispute, which had developed over a number of years and involved an exceedingly vulnerable and disabled person, who had issued a large number of claims against a local authority.
Andrew Hildebrand – IPOS Mediation Andrew Hildebrand at IPOS Mediation ‘has a wonderfully empathetic manner that invites open and direct discussions and gains trust quickly – he is notable in his level of follow-up after the mediation‘. A highly rated entertainment, sports and licensing mediator, Hildebrand also conducts mediations concerning disputes between businesses, as well as disputes within businesses, including between partners, shareholders and family members.
Paul Johnson - Exchange Chambers Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers is 'bright, reliable, trustworthy and fun to work with'. He has undertaken over 900 mediations in a range of areas; and in 2020, his mediation work covered professional negligence, construction, commercial law, fraud, unfair prejudice, insolvency, property, probate and employment. Examples include a professional negligence claim against solicitors, involving the lease and forfeiture of commercial premises.
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Jacqui Joyce – The Property Mediators A mediator since 2001 and full-time since 2012, The Property Mediators' founding member Jacqui Joyce 'shows willingness to get involved and appropriately apply pressure to parties, in the sense of properly testing their positions and the commercial realities they face'. Averaging over 30 mediations per year, Joyce mediates disputes involving professional fees, professional negligence, breaches of repairing covenants, and professional partnership breakdowns (among others).
Lawrence Kershen QC – IPOS Mediation Mediating for over 25 years, IPOS Mediation‘s Lawrence Kershen QC 'has a superb manner that is entirely suited to mediation - he focuses on the human and commercial considerations, which are hallmarks of a good mediator'. Kershen is particularly sought out for high-conflict disputes, where there are strong emotions or entrenched positions; and recent mediations include disputes involving a film finance scheme disallowed by HMRC, pharmaceutical-related contract terms, an aviation joint venture, housing development construction defects, and accountants’ professional negligence.
Mark Linnell – IPOS Mediation A commercial mediator since 2005, IPOS Mediation's Mark Linnell's 'commercial background can be a distinct advantage in getting deals done with commercial parties'. Linnell's recent mediations include a complex shareholder dispute; a claim for the recovery of a business loan and interest; a contested probate case (involving six families) concerning an estate in Africa; and a possession claim on the basis of a charge secured against property. In 2020, Linnell also mediated pandemic-related breach of contract disputes.
Colin Manning – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square An accredited mediator since 1997, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Colin Manning is 'good at getting the client's confidence and brokering a settlement'. Manning brings approximately 50 years' experience as a commercial litigator to the mediation of commercial disputes involving contracts, professional negligence, partnership, company, shareholders, construction, property, international trade, and trusts and probate.
Charles Middleton-Smith – IPOS Mediation A commercial litigation partner for over 25 years before becoming a full-time mediator in 2007, IPOS Mediation's Charles Middleton-Smith has a successful track record in a broad range of commercial cases, where the sums involved range up to £10m. Typical mediation areas include banking and finance, commercial contracts, employment, IP, and media and entertainment, along with disputes involving M&A, partnerships, shareholders, sale of goods, sport, and trusts and probate.
Eve Pienaar – CEDR Chambers Eve Pienaar at CEDR Chambers has acted as lead mediator in approximately 250 commercial cases to date, and consistently mediates high-value, multi-party and complex cases. Pienaar specialises in property, construction, professional negligence, partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as general commercial or contract claims; and also works on workplace and employment mediations. She recently mediated a partnership dispute over rental income accrued, in relation to multi-occupation residential property.
Charles Powell – Freeths LLP Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Charles Powell, who is also at IPOS Mediation, is 'a mediator for miracles - he just has a knack for settling cases'. With over 20 years' mediation experience, Powell has conducted over 500 commercial mediations; and specialises in disputes concerning commercial issues, partnerships, professional negligence, property, banking, asset finance, and insolvency.
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Stephen Walker – S Walker Mediation Stephen Walker at S Walker Mediation is lauded by clients for his 'ability to bring parties closer together without them actually realising that is what he is doing. He recognises the commerciality of settlement, and works tirelessly to bring it about'. Walker left full-time practice as a solicitor in 2011 to focus on being a full-time independent mediator; and has developed niche specialisms in mediating disputes involving insolvency, professional negligence, shareholders, art law, contentious probate, IT, and construction and property issues.
Tony Allen – CEDR Chambers Tony Allen at CEDR Chambers specialises in mediating clinical negligence claims, although he also mediates high-value personal injury, data protection, human rights and public law claims. In recent work, Allen mediated a claim for the alleged negligent performance of spinal surgery that resulted in serious physical deficit.
Rebecca Attree – IPOS Mediation ‘Particularly user-friendly and experienced‘, Rebecca Attree joined IPOS Mediation‘s panel in September 2020. ‘Calm, persuasive and fair‘, she is fully accredited to mediate in the UK, US and online, and consistently conducts a wide range of commercial and workplace domestic and international disputes. She has notable expertise in complex, multi-party matters, in relation to property, family businesses and trusts, contracts for goods and services, directors’ duties, IP issues, and professional fee work.
Stephen Barker – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's 'calm and authoritative' Stephen Barker, who practises jointly through CEDR Chambers), is 'an appropriate mix of sensitive and commercial, and reads the dynamics of the room extremely well'. Barker's experience includes over 100 successful mediations, with recent experience including multi-party shareholder disputes, insolvency cases and professional negligence mediations.
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Sara Benbow – The Property Mediators A mediator since 2003, The Property Mediators founding member Sara Benbow (also a member of Gatehouse Chambers) is 'a very skilled mediator, who is adept at dealing with the most complex property disputes'. Mediation work forms the majority of her practice, which covers all forms of property and property-related issues, including development, party wall, inheritance and professional negligence matters, as well as landlord and tenant, boundary, easement, covenant and title disputes. Notwithstanding the pandemic, Benbow undertook over 30 mediations in a recent 12-month period.
Elizabeth Birch – IPOS Mediation Mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, IPOS Mediation‘s Elizabeth Birch, who is also a member of 3 Verulam Buildings, is particularly focused on the mediation of maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance disputes, including cross-border matters that are of high value.
Michael Cover – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Michael Cover is 'more willing than most mediators to make parties evaluate the weaknesses of their claims - he goes out of his way to engage with clients, so as to bring them together to find resolutions to disputes'. His track record includes the conduct of over 250 mediations, comprising disputes from his core areas of IP, IT and technology, as well as large family business cases.
Charles Flint QC – Blackstone Chambers Blackstone Chambers‘ Charles Flint QC, who is also at IPOS Mediation, has established a strong reputation as a commercial and human rights mediator, and has particular expertise in financial services. Flint is 'calm and measured throughout, and able to identify the key issues and facilitate meetings between the parties'.
Charles Gordon – IPOS Mediation The practice of 'highly skilled and extremely bright' Charles Gordon at IPOS Mediation was almost 100% virtual during the pandemic, and comprised both domestic and international work. He handles a broad range of disputes including insurance and reinsurance, energy, professional negligence, property, shareholder, and joint venture matters; his recent experience has included a mediation concerning the collapse of an international airline, and two mediations involving insolvent insurers.
Jane Gunn – IPOS Mediation A full-time mediator with approximately 25 years experience in mediating commercial cases, IPOS Mediation's Jane Gunn is 'calm, measured, and with a keen and critical eye to claims; and she has a genuine desire to help clients reach a resolution'. Accredited in 1996, Gunn has mediated hundreds of disputes to date; and she recently conducted several complex, high-profile mediations involving business, partnership, workplace and boardroom issues.
Tim Hardy – IPOS Mediation Tim Hardy at IPOS Mediation, who qualified as a mediator in 1997 and previously led the commercial litigation team at CMS, is ‘patient and prepared to listen to parties to ensure clients feel their voices have truly been heard‘. Recent work has included the mediation of disputes involving supply chain problems, international shareholders, missing trader intra-community VAT fraud, Covid-19-related business interruption insurance, and partnership issues.
Christopher Newmark – CEDR Chambers Christopher Newmark at CEDR Chambers is a former chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Mediating over two hundred cases to date, Newmark - who is also a name partner at dispute resolution law firm Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP - specialises in large commercial disputes; and is particularly well known for mediating in the IT and telecoms sectors, as well as international cases where arbitration proceedings are pending or may be issued.
Nick Pearson – CEDR Chambers Nick Pearson at CEDR Chambers has acted as a mediator, both in the UK and abroad, for over 17 years. Pearson - the former global dispute resolution head at Baker McKenzie - has handled approximately 400 commercial mediations (including multi-party matters) during his career, specialising in corporate and commercial disputes. He generally mediates three to four cases a month across a wide variety of sectors.
Liz Rivers – IPOS Mediation The first woman in the UK to become a CEDR-accredited mediator in 1992, Liz Rivers at IPOS Mediation is ‘authentic, kind and displays integrity in her approach‘. A leading mediator for boardroom and senior team disputes, Rivers is typically sought out by GCs and HR departments for the resolution of sensitive senior team conflicts, which threaten to derail the leadership of an organisation, department or team – ‘her training as a psychotherapist puts her in a unique position to support employers and employees handling complex issues.’
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John Sturrock QC – Core Solutions Group LimitedCore Solutions Group Limited's John Sturrock QC is its founder and senior mediator, as well as being a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers. Sturrock's track record includes the mediation of hundreds of cases, covering a wide range of claims in commercial, professional, public sector and political settings in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Beverley Vara – Maitland Chambers Beverley Vara at Maitland Chambers is 'great at absorbing all the key information, listens to all parties' concerns, and is very adept at helping negotiations to successful conclusions'. Vara has developed a successful mediation practice since transferring to the Bar in 2013 from Allen & Overy LLP, where she was real estate litigation head. A significant part of Vara’s mediation practice concerns property disputes, although she increasingly mediates a broader range of commercial matters.
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Gary Webber – The Property Mediators A full-time property mediator since 2010, The Property Mediators founder member Gary Webber 'has the ability to make parties feel at ease, while also encouraging them to take a realistic approach'. Webber has mediated approximately 500 disputes to date; his track record includes the resolution of a wide variety of commercial, property and family disputes, including highly complex and high-value cases worth up to £40m.
Tony Willis – Brick Court Chambers Tony Willis at Brick Court Chambers is an independent mediator in commercial, business and regulatory matters. Willis - the former head of litigation at Clifford Chance LLP - has to date conducted over a thousand mediations, involving a range of parties such as multinationals, individuals, governments and government departments.
Stephen Bate – CEDR Chambers A barrister by background, Stephen Bate is a full-time mediator and member of CEDR Chambers. Since 2003, he has mediated a wide range of commercial and other civil disputes, with claim values of up to £250m. Recent mediation highlights have included a three-party dispute over the alleged disclosure of personal data and confidential information, which were protected by a settlement agreement in the employment space.
Gillian Caroe - CEDR Chambers CEDR Chambers' Gillian Caroe has been a practising mediator since 2004, and to date has been involved in hundreds of successful interventions. Caroe mediates disputes across a wide range of sectors, both public and private; and her recent highlights have included a high-profile Employment Tribunal claim between a senior employee and a multinational insurance holding company, involving allegations of racial discrimination and whistleblowing.
Richard Clark - Richard Clark MediationRichard Clark Mediation is led by former Slaughter and May dispute resolution head, Richard Clark, who is 'imaginative, savvy and breathtakingly effective - just the combination you need to help resolve a knotty or seemingly intractable dispute'. His mediation practice focuses on insurance, banking and commercial contract disputes, as well as contentious trusts, probate and employment mediations. Clark is also recognised as one of London’s leading art dispute mediators.
John de Waal QC – Gatehouse Chambers At Gatehouse Chambers, John de Waal QC’s 'extensive knowledge and experience of property disputes coupled with his balanced and even-handed approach make him an ideal mediator'. Qualified as a mediator with CEDR in 2002, he has acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases; in addition to complex property disputes, de Waal also handles other more general disputes.
John Fordham – Stephenson Harwood Accredited as a mediator since 1995, Stephenson Harwood commercial litigation head John Fordham has conducted hundreds of mediations across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and personal disputes. In addition to his mediation work in all the main commercial centres in the UK, Fordham has acted as mediator in Hong Kong, Dubai, France, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
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Andrew Fraley – Fraley Bourne Ltd Clevedon-based full-time mediator Andrew Fraley at Fraley Bourne Ltd conducts up to four mediations per week. To date, Fraley has mediated over 2,000 matters, ranging from professional indemnity claims to shareholder, personal injury, maritime, construction, agriculture and employment disputes.
Edwin Glasgow CBE QC – 39 Essex Chambers A founding chair of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, 39 Essex Chambers' Edwin Glasgow CBE QC's track record includes mediations spanning jurisdictions across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the US. Recent representative mediation work ranges from a high-value international airport construction dispute, to corporate fraud allegations and an oil rig construction-related claim.
Emma Gooding – ADR GroupADR Group's Emma Gooding is known for 'ensuring the client feels heard and safe, while working to move the mediation forward and get both clients to focus on a positive outcome'. Accredited since 2008, Gooding has developed an active and broad commercial mediation practice, and now mediates around 25-30 disputes a year.
Neil Goodrum – CEDR Chambers Mediating regularly for over 19 years, Neil Goodrum at CEDR Chambers consistently acts as lead mediator in contract and commercial cases; and is a former senior litigation partner at McCormicks, where he remains a consultant. Recent work highlights have included a clinical negligence dispute concerning causation and quantum in relation to extremely serious injuries.
Kerry Gwyther – TLT A category A* (elite) mediator on the ADR group panel of mediators, Bristol-based Kerry Gwyther also leads ,TLT‘s commercial regulatory practice. Gwyther’s mediation experience ranges from shareholder and partnership claims, to disputes concerning professional negligence, inheritance, franchising, and warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation.
David Hossack – Morton FraserMorton Fraser‘s Edinburgh-based David Hossack ‘has a passion for mediation and it shows in his work‘. One of only four lawyers who are accredited as specialists in commercial mediation by the Law Society of Scotland, he mediates on a regular basis in both Scotland and elsewhere across the UK. and has conducted over 100 mediations, focusing on employment and commercial matters.
Gerard Khoshnaw – Gateley Plc Acting as lead mediator in a broad range of disputes, Gateley Plc‘s Leeds-based partner Gerard Khoshnaw, who sits on the mediator panel of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), has handled over 250 mediations to date. Recent mediations involved parties from a wide range of jurisdictions including Australia, France, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and the US.
Samantha Lowe – Concentus MediationSamantha Lowe at Concentus Mediation 'stands out for her interpersonal skills, and excellent rapport with both lawyers and lay clients'. Lowe’s focus is on private wealth litigation, including high-value estates-related disputes that have significant tax and trust complexities. In a recent 12-month period, Lowe conducted over 50 remote mediations.
Mark Manley – Mediata Providing a specialist commercial mediation service through mediation company Mediata, Mark Manley has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial mediator. Manley has conducted over 650 commercial mediations; and his track record includes the mediating of media, sports and entertainment cases, which involve commercial interests and reputation and confidentiality issues.
Mia Forbes Pirie (Independent) Mia Forbes Pirie (Independent) is 'incredibly patient and reassuring; she has a wonderfully gentle and collaborative style that engenders trust and helps parties to come together'. A CEDR-accredited commercial and workplace mediator, Pirie's mediation work covers sectors including chemicals, oil and gas, energy and sustainability, as well as issues as diverse as refugee situations, gay marriage, religion, and competition and property law.
Andrew Miller QC – 2 Temple Gardens Practising as a lead mediator since 2017, Andrew Miller QC at 2 Temple Gardens (as well as IPOS Mediation) has 'an excellent and responsive blend of push-and-pull approaches to get the parties fully into settlement mode and to work towards a deal'. Involved in the mediation of disputes for over 25 years, both domestically and internationally, he is particularly noted for major commercial disputes.
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Sue O’Brien – The Property Mediators A mediator since 2009 and full time since 2016, The Property Mediators' Sue O’Brien (former head of dispute resolution at legacy firm Pitmans) is 'a good listener - she probes the parties to try and understand the cause of the issue, thinking out of the box to try and find a solution'. O'Brien's busy mediation practice covers property disputes, probate/inheritance and professional liability claims; and she is particularly noted for her mediation of clashes between larger entities and private individuals.
Martin Plowman – Mediation 1stMediation 1st was founded in 2003 by the Norwich-based Martin Plowman, who is regularly appointed to mediate throughout the UK and Europe. Plowman has successfully mediated over 1,000 cases to date; and is an expert in commercial and contractual claims, inheritance and property disputes, and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act claims.
Penelope Reed QC – 5 Stone Buildings Penelope Reed QC at 5 Stone Buildings 'has a constant and reassuring calmness, sensitivity and empathy, combined with a determination to explore and exhaust all possibilities to achieve a settlement'. Accredited since 2009, her experience includes over 100 mediations, predominantly involving probate claims, trust litigation, applications under the Inheritance Act 1975, and Court of Protection and proprietary estoppel claims.
Michael Shane – Atkin Chambers Michael Shane at Atkin Chambers is known for 'grasping the details of the underlying facts and the legal issues, but also getting what drives the parties commercially'. A full-time mediator and arbitrator for approximately 25 years, Shane's experience includes mediating over 1,500 major disputes, including a multitude of commercial, IP and banking-related matters.
Mark Shaw QC – Blackstone Chambers Well-regarded for his aptitude for 'ensuring that mediations are kept on track', Blackstone Chambers' Mark Shaw QC is also a panel member at IPOS Mediation. An accredited mediator since 2008, his experience includes mediations arising from contract, tort, costs, immigration, employment, public sector and public procurement disputes.
Stephen Shaw – Lamb Chambers 'A calming influence on clients and a good listener', Lamb Chambers' Stephen Shaw was accredited in 1999, and has focused exclusively on mediation since 2007. He practises as a mediator of a broad range of property and commercial disputes, as well as insurance-related personal injury and professional indemnity claims.
Caroline Sheridan – CEDR ChambersCEDR Chambers' Caroline Sheridan is a highly experienced workplace and commercial mediator. She is particularly noted for her high success rate in settling disputes, and handling of sensitive and complex cases. She recently mediated a matter involving an alleged breach and inducement to breach of solicitation covenants.
Felicity Steadman - CEDR Chambers Felicity Steadman at CEDR Chambers was accredited in South Africa in 1989, and by CEDR in the UK in 2003; and she mediates a range of claims, while being particularly focused on employment and workplaces disputes. Recent work highlights have included mediating a proprietary estoppel matter between a son and his parents, over a claim of beneficial interest in a farm and farming business.
Patrick Taylor – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'A very reliable mediator', Patrick Taylor of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'has gravitas; he is relaxed, focused, builds rapport, and gently guides parties to settlement'. Taylor's practice areas cover private law disputes, commercial agents' claims and multi-party matters, with recent mediations involving property disputes, often with agricultural dimensions.
Ian Terry – One Essex CourtCEDR-accredited mediator Ian Terry joined One Essex Court in 2016 after 30 years as a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where he enjoyed stints as managing partner and head of disputes. Terry is regularly instructed in the mediation of high-value and high-stakes commercial disputes; and recently mediated a a professional negligence case, which was brought against a law firm in relation to tax advice and estate planning.
The Property Mediators
Iain Travers – The Property Mediators A mediator since 1999, Iain Travers has been a full-time feature of The Property Mediators' line-up since 2018. 'An excellent mediator who offers a balanced and sensible approach', Travers - the former real estate disputes head at both Ashurst and Nabarro - 'has a demeanour that puts parties at ease; he acts as a safe and stabilising influence in the mediation room'. He is currently mediating at the rate of up to two appointments per month.
Miranda Allardice – 5 Stone Buildings In conjunction with her Chancery work, 5 Stone Buildings' Miranda Allardice has developed a successful practice as a specialist mediator, and is 'very good with clients, being sympathetic and realistic in equal measures'. Specialising in probate, Inheritance Act, constructive trust, estoppel and vulnerable elderly claims, Allardice's experience includes over 125 mediations.
Anthony Glaister (Independent) An independent mediator and dispute resolution specialist, Anthony Glaister (Independent) has over 25 years' mediation experience. Glaister handles a broad range of mediation-related commercial disputes cases, which involve either limited numbers of parties or multiple interests, and from an array of nationalities and backgrounds.
Jonathan Arkush – Enterprise Chambers Highly experienced mediator Jonathan Arkush at Enterprise Chambers has conducted over 350 mediations to date across a wide range of practice areas. Arkush recently mediated a dispute involving allegations that a sibling had stripped the parents of assets and hidden them.
Paul Balen – Freeths LLP Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based consultant Paul Balen , who qualified as a mediator in 2004, is regularly sought out for clinical negligence and personal injury-related mediations. In 2020, Balen conducted approximately 40 mediations. He also has notable expertise in product liability matters.
Amanda Bucklow – IPOS Mediation Accredited as a commercial mediator since 1996, Amanda Bucklow at IPOS Mediation has a significant portfolio of mediated disputes across a range of industry sectors and legal contexts, including commercial law, financial services, IT, transport and employment-related matters.
Julia Burns - Dove in the Room Dove in the Room was launched in late 2019 by specialist private client mediator Julia Burns, who is 'calm and very empathetic, while being firm when needed - her approach is very well judged and effective'. Since launch, Burns has carried out 25 mediations, exclusively in contentious trusts and probate.
Lyndsey de Mestre QC - XXIV Old Buildings A silk since 2018, XXIV Old Buildings' Lyndsey de Mestre QC is 'calm, measured and very engaged - on top of all the issues'. An expert in directors’ duties and disqualification, and company and insolvency law, she is regularly appointed to mediate commercial matters, as well as probate claims.
Robert Evans - Keating ChambersRobert Evans at Keating Chambers is 'very knowledgeable, calm and unruffable - someone you can put your trust in'. Evans regularly mediates disputes in the construction, engineering and energy sectors; and recent appointments include co-mediating a six-party dispute over alleged defects in a hotel's cladding.
Hatch Brenner LLP
David Goldberg - ADR GroupADR Group's David Goldberg 'exemplifies all the qualities of an excellent mediator and conciliator, and is always able to have the parties come to an amicable and final agreement'. Goldberg acts for household names, SMEs, entrepreneurs, sole traders and individuals in disputes of significant value and complexity.
Carolyn Jones - ADR Group An accredited mediator since 2018, Carolyn Jones at the ADR Group is 'very capable, flexible and willing to go the extra mile'. Jones' specialist areas are insolvency, restructuring and debt management, banking, professional practices, and retail, franchising and supply chain issues.
ASK Mediation Limited
Amrik Kandola - ASK Mediation LimitedASK Mediation Limited was launched in 2019 by Amrik Kandola, who has since conducted over 50 commercial mediations. Accredited since 2000, Kandola - who previously led Eversheds' construction and engineering team in the Midlands - is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of the construction industry.
Michael King – XXIV Old Buildings Accredited mediator Michael King of XXIV Old Buildings 'connects well with clients facing emotionally challenging disputes'. Regularly mediating significant trust, probate, estate and inheritance claims, King was a commercial and traditional chancery barrister until 2017.
Gill Mansfield - Gill Mansfield Mediation Barrister Gill Mansfield has practised as a commercial mediator for over a decade. She is able to draw on a varied career history that has encompassed roles at the Office of Fair Trading and a number of media and publishing companies. She is 'very good at managing disparate groups of people with different agendas' and has particular expertise in disputes concerning media, entertainment, IT, technology, and the brewing and hospitality sectors.
Mark Mattison (independent mediator)
Mark Mattison (independent mediator) An accredited mediator since 1998, Mark Mattison (independent mediator) has acted in over 500 mediations to date. Mattison conducts mediations across the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; and his areas of expertise include construction, banking and partnership disputes, along with commercial and contract issues, professional negligence claims, and landlord and tenant matters.
Peter McCormick OBE – McCormicksMcCormicks senior partner Peter McCormick OBE is nationally praised for his sport-related mediation work. In addition to his role as chairman of the Premier League’s legal advisory group, McCormick is a member of a panel of legal specialists for Sport Resolutions (UK), which provides mediation and arbitration facilities for parties involved in sport-related disputes, while in late 2020 he stepped in as interim chairman of the Football Association.
Fionnuala Mccredie QC - Keating ChambersFionnuala Mccredie QC at Keating Chambers is 'thoughtful and reflective in style, and willing to commit time and effort to secure progress'. Mccredie's mediation specialisms include construction and engineering, public procurement, energy, environment, professional negligence and insurance.
Oliver Hallam (Independent)Oliver Hallam (Independent) 'comes over as one of the most likeable people on the planet, in terms of his ability to get on with all parties involved in stressful disputes - a natural mediator'. Hallam specialises in private wealth disputes, including high-value, complex, multi-party mediations.
Nick Parker – Berry Smith Also a founder member of Hexagon Mediation, Berry Smith's Nick Parker is known for 'winning peoples' trust and seeing through to the heart of things'. Commonly acting in mediations across Wales, South West, London and the Midlands, Parker's track record includes over 200 civil and commercial mediations.
Michael Silverleaf QC – 11 South Square 11 South Square‘s Michael Silverleaf QC ‘gets parties to focus on practical resolution by taking firm management of the mediation process‘. An accredited specialist IP mediator since 2004, he is regularly instructed to act as a mediator in IP-related disputes.