Mediators in London
Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) - CEDR ChambersCEDR Chambers' principal mediator and co-founder Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) is widely recognised as one of the pioneers of mediation techniques in the UK. With over 25 years’ experience as a practising mediator, she has mediated disputes involving banks, insurance companies, media companies, multinationals, sovereign states and private individuals, both in the UK and internationally.
Stuart Chapman - Independent MediatorsStuart Chapman joined Independent Mediators in mid-2020 from IPOS Mediation. Chapman is 'always on the list of proposed mediators. He is always fully prepared and calm, but very tenacious so nearly always gets a result'. Chapman conducted 59 mediations in 2019, including repeat instructions from 50 firms. His commercial and civil mediation practice straddles a variety of subject areas including the corporate, environmental, technology, property, construction and engineering, and professional negligence spaces. Other areas of expertise include boundary, agriculture, banking and finance, employment, insolvency, insurance and trust disputes.
Colin Russ (Independent)
Colin Russ (Independent) 'The highly recommended' Colin Russ (Independent) is 'efficient, sensible, highly personable and very reasonably priced, but most importantly very effective'. Others praise Russ for being 'a very competent and experienced mediator, who is always well-prepared, calm, and professional in his approach'. As the former head of litigation at DLA Piper's Birmingham Office, Russ has developed his practice into a highly successful independent commercial mediation business, both in the UK and overseas. He has mediated disputes across a broad range of subjects, and has developed particular expertise in relation to disputes that involve construction, insolvency, commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership issues, as well as professional negligence, real estate, IP and financial services matters.
Charles Dodson - Independent Mediators As 'one of the very best', Independent Mediators‘ Charles Dodson is 'purposeful, amiable, trustworthy, straight talking, and capable of getting results even in difficult cases. He is able to get to the parts of a problem that some other mediators cannot reach'. Dodson has been involved in the development of ADR in both the UK and the US since the mid 1980s (and CEDR-accredited since 1996), and his cases are frequently multi-party and international. Approximately 50% of the mediations conducted by Dodson in 2019 related to commercial and international commercial claims, which encompassed professional negligence, insurance and partnership matters. The balance of his mediation instructions spanned pensions, probate, property, banking and finance, and manufacturing mandates, along with IT, insolvency, franchising, engineering and business sale disputes.
Phillip Howell-Richardson - Independent Mediators Since joining Independent Mediators in 2010, Phillip Howell-Richardson (a full-time, independent mediator since 2005) has conducted over 560 mediations and over 1350 during his mediation career. Howell-Richardson is 'a vastly experienced mediator, with the gravitas to guide parties through the most challenging, high-value and complex mediation processes. He can be firm and direct when required, but always brings a fresh perspective, which gives mediation the best possible prospects of success'. He has an established national and international practice; and the majority of his mediations relate to commercial claims that are evenly spread between disputes involving insurance, international commercial, banking and finance, professional negligence, and company and commercial contracts claims. Howell-Richardson also has investor state mediation expertise, as well as experience handling disputes concerning fraud, IP, IT, healthcare, transport, construction and energy issues.
Rosemary Jackson QC - Keating Chambers Rosemary Jackson QC at Keating Chambers 'invests the time to listen to all parties and really understands what is important to them in moving forward the settlement discussions. Her style is unobtrusive, relaxed and confident but she is prepared to deliver difficult and hard messages when the situation requires. It is testament to her years of experience as a mediator that she makes a very difficult job look relatively easy'. Jackson is widely regarded as a leading mediator for complex commercial, construction and engineering disputes, drawing on her previous experience as a barrister, part-time judge, arbitrator and adjudicator. A silk since 2006, she has practised full-time as a mediator for approximately five years, and has mediated complex commercial multi-party disputes.
Kate Jackson - Independent MediatorsIndependent Mediators recruited Kate Jackson in 2015, having already been operating full time as a mediator since 2009. Jackson, who is 'phenomenally knowledgeable and thinks of everything', is appointed in approximately 50-55 high-value, complex commercial mediations a year. Others note that she is 'very well prepared and able to push both sides on their cases; she proposes considered alternatives and keeps pushing for a resolution. In short, she is exactly what parties look for in a mediator'. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales and New York, the ex-magic circle litigator's clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances (where clients benefit from Jackson's many years of community mediation and advisory work). In addition to her commercial mediation practice, Jackson has been appointed to the Court of Appeal Mediator Panel.
Mark Jackson-Stops - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation‘s head of chambers Mark Jackson-Stops is 'one of the most experienced and highly-thought of mediators. He is a superstar who demonstrates intellect, determination, sensitivity, patience and humour, and his efforts are appreciated by all involved'. Having mediated over 1600 cases, Jackson-Stops is consistently sought out as a mediator, particularly in relation to professional negligence, property and construction, insurance, probate and inheritance, financial services (including mis-selling) and commercial contract disputes. Examples of recently mediated cases include a group action by over 30 occupiers of a block of flats against the manufacturers of machinery, which was alleged to have caused a fire; and a professional negligence claim by steel fabricators against a firm that was retained to test weld quality.
Michel Kallipetis QC - Independent Mediators Independent Mediators‘ Michel Kallipetis QC 'possesses excellent mediation skills. He is simply an outstanding mediator'. Working on some of the largest mediations in terms of profile and claim value, the former head of Littleton Chambers is one of the busiest commercial mediators in the country. His recent work involved professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors, and other construction professionals, as well as claims concerning insurance, property, commercial law, employment, IP, insolvency, and trusts issues. He recently received instructions from the UK, Europe, Australia, the US, Gibraltar, Dubai, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore.
Jon Lang - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Jon Lang became a full-time mediator in 2005, after almost 20 years as a solicitor in private practice. Lang mediates approximately two or three cases each week. Recently he has been particularly active in mediations involving professional negligence, trusts and probate, property, public sector procurement, insolvency, banking, and partnership and shareholder disputes (especially minority shareholder actions). Lang is also increasingly instructed in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional cases, many of which necessitate process design, such as pre-mediation meetings with parties alone or jointly, and site meetings. In addition, Lang has acted as an expert in mediation and is a member of CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, as well as being a past chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association.
Jonathan Lloyd-Jones - Independent MediatorsJonathan Lloyd-Jones is 'excellent; he is intelligent, quick to get the issues, can deal with clients and gets results'. Lloyd-Jones has practised exclusively as a commercial mediator with Independent Mediators since 2012 and is 'a go to mediator, who is top of the list. He is always well prepared, understands the commercial (as well as the legal) issues at play, and takes the time to develop a relationship with - and gain the trust of - the people involved'. His practice covers a wide range of commercial topics, including claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees, and professional negligence claims against professionals including solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors and insurance brokers.
Mark Lomas QC - Independent Mediators Mark Lomas QC joined Independent Mediators in 2009, having ceased practicing at the Bar to become a full-time mediator. Lomas 'is by far and away the best mediator' for some and 'he is always well prepared, has thought about the dispute, has the necessary gravitas to deal with difficult parties, and is forceful yet charming and effective'. As one of the UK’s busiest commercial mediators, Lomas acts regularly as sole or lead mediator in mediations, which cover a wide variety of disputes. These include high-value matters in the commercial contracts, insurance, banking and financial services, construction, probate and trusts arenas. He also has a particularly strong reputation in relation to professional negligence mandates.
Karl Mackie CBE - CEDR ChambersCEDR Chambers' Karl Mackie CBE is its chief executive and, since 2017, Founder President. As one of the market's best-known names in commercial mediation practice, Mackie has worked on some of the most complex civil and commercial cases to go through the English legal system. He has assisted with a huge range of disputes concerning business, public sector and private client matters, commercial contracts, and shareholder and board disputes, along with energy, infrastructure, finance and employment-related mediations.
Bill Marsh - Independent Mediators Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators 'has all of the qualities required of an effective mediator and is worthy of his top rating in this field'. Marsh is 'calm, in control of events, and extremely patient and adept at getting both sides to focus on the issues'. He has been involved in full-time in mediation since 1991 and has a broad commercial mediation practice that continues to grow, particularly internationally, with recent instructions from the Balkans, Russia, Netherlands, Greece, US, India, France, Singapore, and the Gulf. Representative mediations have concerned disputes involving banking, sport and major environmental issues, and oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and gold mining matters. Marsh is also an international mediator for the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the Centre for Mediation and Law in Moscow, and the Bombay Centre for Mediation and Conciliation.
Charles Middleton-Smith - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation‘s Charles Middleton-Smith is one of the UK’s leading independent commercial mediators, with a track-record of success in a wide variety of business contexts. Middleton-Smith was a commercial litigation partner for over 25 years before becoming a full-time mediator in 2007. Recently, his mediation roster involved disputes in specialist areas including web-based marketing, fundraising for the Alternative Investment Market, a valuable collection of antique silver, and automotive-related disputes involving supercars.
Andrew Paton - Independent Mediators As 'a master of his craft, who helps parties get deals done', Andrew Paton joined Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2016; previously he worked as a mediator through Pinsent Masons LLP while practising as a solicitor. He is 'one of the longest serving and most experienced mediators on the circuit, and his experience shows in the way he is able to cope with challenging situations and chart a way through them. He is very thorough but never loses sight of the wood for the trees – he keeps the parties focused on the bottom line'. Paton has mediated over 1145 matters to date, with over half of his mediations in 2019 involving professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, architects and other construction professionals.
Nicholas Pryor - Independent Mediators Nicholas Pryor at Independent Mediators is 'first rate, and he has an excellent rapport with clients and a no-nonsense, effective approach to cracking the toughest of cases'. Pryor was involved with the foundation of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and has mediated disputes in Britain, the US, Europe, and the Middle East and Far East. He mediates cases across a broad spectrum of UK-based and international disputes, with general commercial claims representing approximately 20% of Pryor's practice and a further 40% relating to professional negligence claims. The balance of his practice was recently mostly evenly spread between construction, employment, IP, insolvency and partnership disputes.
Alistair Pye - IPOS Mediation Alistair Pye at IPOS Mediation 'combines the skills of his legal background with a calm but authoritative manner. He understands the legal and commercial implications of a case, as well as the importance of carrying the lay client and is able to handle a full range of mediations, including complex ones with multiple parties'. In 2019, Pye conducted 71 mediations, and has experienced an increase in appointments involving challenged wills, succession issues and claims for proprietary interests in land, as well as agricultural disputes. Additional areas of expertise include construction and engineering, IT, general commercial, property, and professional negligence-related mediations. Work examples include a claim by a holiday park owner against an architect for defects and delays in the development of an indoor swimming pool and leisure facility; and a claim by a restaurant against its insurer’s decision to decline indemnity for a flood damage-related claim.
Quentin Smith - Mediator
Quentin Smith (Independent) Quentin Smith (Independent) is 'a really strong and sharp mediator who gets the confidence of all the parties, which is what you really want. He seems to have the knack of cracking difficult matters. Certainly a go-to mediator and one of the best out there at present'. Recently, Smith undertook 45 mediations, which added to his total of over 1000 mediations and success rate of approximately 90%. He is particularly active in relation to multi-party and high-value mediations. One example concerned a fatal air crash, with nine parties at the mediation that lasted seven days. Smith also acted in a number of professional negligence claims.
Beverly-Ann Rogers - Serle CourtBeverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court is also a member of IPOS Mediation. Rogers 'has a deservedly high reputation, particularly in private client, trust and family provision cases. She is very adept at making clients trust her and is highly sensitive to what the parties' real concerns are'. She has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum of issues, and her mediations, although commercial in nature, frequently touch on emotive family matters. Rogers' experience also includes multi-party and cross-cultural disputes.
Stephen Ruttle QC - Brick Court ChambersBrick Court Chambers' Stephen Ruttle QC, who is also at IPOS Mediation, is 'an exceptional mediator, who is easily at the top of the list for any difficult dispute. This is because he is passionate about resolving disputes and creative in the way he does so, always tailoring his approach to the precise circumstances of the case'. He ceased practising as a barrister and silk in 2002 and has since worked full time as a commercial mediator. By early 2020, he had mediated over 1500 cases; he is increasingly active as a mediator of community and faith-based disputes. He practises predominantly in London, but also mediates regularly in other parts of the UK and Ireland, and in several overseas jurisdictions. In late 2019, he successfully co-mediated the group litigation between over 550 sub-postmasters and the Post Office.
Patrick Walker - IPOS Mediation As a panel mediator for service provider IPOS Mediation, Patrick Walker is ‘a particular favourite and go-to mediator for property disputes. He goes above and beyond, and directs the parties skilfully to the heart of the dispute‘. Working from bases in London and Leeds, and as a full-time mediator since 2016, Walker typically mediates two or three times a week, with his workload increasingly including two-day mediations and high-value disputes. He has a significant property and commercial background, and mediates in a wide variety of matters that frequently concern professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction issues. Examples of Walker’s mediations include a contested long lease for a chapel and the wing of a stately home, marina and boating rights work, partnership issues for dentists and doctors, and multimedia and advertising hoarding lease disputes.
William Wood QC - Brick Court Chambers William Wood QC at Brick Court Chambers is a leading commercial mediator in the UK and internationally. Wood handles approximately 70 disputes a year, with a global practice that covers business disputes of all kinds and centres on insurance, banking, oil and gas, construction and engineering, product liability, pharmaceuticals, and professional negligence mandates. He is also increasingly involved in human rights cases. In 2019, he mediated in Hong Kong, Singapore, Edinburgh and Belfast, as well as in London and other major cities. Representative experience includes a dispute between the British Waterways Board and the British Marine Federation over the structure of the marina industry.
Heather Allen - CEDR ChambersCEDR Chambers' Heather Allen has mediated contractual claims across a range of sectors; Allen also handles sensitive cases between professionals and their regulatory bodies, as well as between employers and employees. Representative work includes shareholder disputes and internal disputes between board members, as well as professional indemnity claims and inheritance disputes.
Elizabeth Birch - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Elizabeth Birch is also a member of 3 Verulam Buildings. Birch has been mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, with a particular emphasis on maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance matters. She has also successfully conducted a substantial number of mediations that involve cross-border disputes.
Fiona Colquhoun - CEDR Chambers At CEDR Chambers, Fiona Colquhoun's mediation practice covers general commercial and employment matters, including pensions and NHS funding disputes, with the majority of her cases being high value matters. Colquhoun's employment cases involve grievances, bullying and harassment claims, discrimination and redundancy issues, compromise agreements and contractual matters.
Chris Fitton - IPOS Mediation Chris Fitton at IPOS Mediation is 'always very well prepared and has a very good manner, as he facilitates the discussion'. Fitton mediated over £50m of disputes in 2019, focusing on commercial and insurance disputes. Highlights include a dispute between two food processing companies as to the relative responsibility for alleged contamination of foodstuffs destined for livestock use; and a claim by a government agency against a contractor and design consultants, who were instructed to build a marine research centre in Scotland.
Paul Johnson - Exchange Chambers Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers in Manchester is 'excellent at gaining the trust of all parties and very pragmatic and empathetic, which helps see where the settlement is likely to lie and encourage all parties towards it'. Johnson is exclusively focused on mediation work, and has mediated over 800 disputes. Representative work includes disputes involving commercial matters and employment, professional negligence, probate and landlord and tenant issues, along with financial services, banking, construction and sport-related disputes.
The Property Mediators
Jacqui Joyce - The Property Mediators The Property Mediators is 'the pre-eminent group providing specialist mediators for property disputes'. Founding member Jacqui Joyce is 'an outstanding mediator in the field of property disputes, and has an excellent manner with clients and professionals who are involved in mediation. She has the skill set to be determined and focused in driving forward the process'. A mediator since 2001 and full time since 2012, Joyce has completed over 300 mediations. Representative work includes handling breaches of repairing covenants, disputes over professional fees, professional negligence claims, and professional partnership breakdowns.
Lawrence Kershen QC - IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Lawrence Kershen QC has mediated for over 25 years and is regularly appointed in high-conflict disputes. Recent mediations include disputes relating to a film finance scheme that was disallowed by HMRC; the facilitation of workplace communication between a clinical director and a psychiatrist; the terms of a pharmaceuticals supply contract; housing development defects, insurance and indemnity issues, and an aviation joint venture involving private jet sales.
Colin Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareColin Manning co-heads 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's mediation group. An accredited mediator since 1997, mediation clients also benefit from Manning's 49 years' experience as a commercial litigator. Manning conducts a broad range of commercial mediations, which are frequently complex and of high value; and he has conducted several hundred mediations including multi-party disputes. His practice also covers significant contractual, professional negligence, partnership, company law and shareholders disputes, along with construction, property, trusts and probate, and international trade matters.
Jane Player - IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Jane Player is 'a particularly strong and impressive mediator. She gets to the heart of a matter quickly and effectively, and her style is authoritative and tenacious, yet calm and balanced. She also handles difficult personalities very well'. Player accepts over 60 mediations a year, with her practice focused on corporate and commercial matters, predominantly corporate fall outs, joint venture breaches and shareholder complaints. She also has notable expertise in IP, IT and media-related mediations.
Charles Powell - Freeths LLP Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Charles Powell, who is also at IPOS Mediation, is 'an excellent mediator; he is hardworking, pragmatic and determined to find the right resolution. He is also creative at unlocking offers'. Others praise Powell's 'really good mediation style, for engaging well with the parties, and approaching the mediation in a pragmatic and sensible way'. Powell has over 20 years' mediation experience and has conducted over 500 commercial mediations. He specialises in disputes involving commercial law, partnerships, professional negligence and property claims, and banking and asset finance disputes.
Core Solutions Group Limited
John Sturrock QC - Core Solutions Group LimitedJohn Sturrock QC is Core Solutions Group Limited's founder and senior mediator. Sturrock, who is also a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, has been involved in hundreds of mediations, which cover a broad range of disputes in the public and private sectors in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa.
S Walker Mediation
Stephen Walker - S Walker Mediation S Walker Mediation's Stephen Walker is a highly rated full-time mediator who, in recent years, has developed particular expertise in mediating disputes concerning professional negligence and shareholder claims, insolvency and probate issues, construction and property matters, and art law.
Tony Willis - Brick Court ChambersTony Willis at Brick Court Chambers is a mediator in commercial, business and regulatory matters. Willis is a former Clifford Chance LLP litigation practice head, who has conducted over 1000 mediations in relation to professional negligence, shareholders, M&A and partnership disputes, along with pensions, IT, employment and trusts matters.
Tony Allen - CEDR Chambers Tony Allen at CEDR Chambers became a CEDR-accredited mediator in 1996. Allen has mediated a wide range of disputes, involving personal injury and clinical negligence, public law, banking, construction, housing, partnership and professional indemnity, and general commercial claims.
Attree & Co
Rebecca Attree - Attree & CoRebecca Attree at Attree & Co is 'a professional, efficient and very approachable mediator. She has an effective and adaptable approach, and is always prepared to keep up efforts to get the deal done'. Fully accredited to mediate in the UK, US and online, Attree regularly mediates a wide range of commercial and workplace domestic and international disputes. She has particular expertise in complex and multi-party matters, which involve cross-cultural, international and relationship issues. These frequently relate to contracts for goods or services, directors’ duties, property, family business and trusts issues, IP matters and professional fee work.
Stephen Barker - 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Stephen Barker (also at CEDR Chambers) is highly regarded for commercial mediation appointments, particularly for disputes involving multiple parties and complex issues of law. In a recent 12-month period, professional negligence mediation dominated Barker’s practice; he was also frequently instructed in insolvency mediations.
Rebecca Clark - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Rebecca Clark 'is the perfect fit for a mediation requiring sensitivity; her calm and methodical approach sets the correct tone'. Clark established her mediation practice in 2015; she recently successfully mediated a significant claim for losses (by a company and its directors) against a major UK lender, which allegedly withdrew banking facilities without authorisation.
Michael Cover - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Michael Cover's key areas cover IP, IT and technology matters, as well as insurance and reinsurance, public procurement and maritime disputes. Recent mediations concerned shareholders, pharmaceuticals devices, telecoms services, partnerships, and the misuse of confidential information. Cover also conducted a two-day mediation in the UAE, which related to a complex joint venture shareholder and valuation-related dispute.
Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers Blackstone Chambers' Charles Flint QC is also at IPOS Mediation. Flint has established a strong reputation as a commercial and human rights mediator. He is also particularly noted for his expertise in financial services matters, and has experience mediating employment, fine art, insurance, professional negligence, public procurement, and sports law disputes. He has mediated in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa.
John Fordham - Stephenson HarwoodJohn Fordham at Stephenson Harwood is 'a terrific mediator who has gravitas and is very approachable and diligent'. Accredited as a mediator in 1995, he has conducted hundreds of mediations across the full spectrum of high-value and complex, commercial, financial and personal disputes; and has particular strength in financial services matters, including fraud and asset tracing-related disputes. As well as his mediations in the UK's key commercial centres, Fordham has acted a mediator in Hong Kong, Dubai, France, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Fraley Bourne Ltd
Andrew Fraley - Fraley Bourne Ltd At Fraley Bourne Ltd, Clevedon-based Andrew Fraley's recent highlights include professional indemnity claims against solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants and individuals in the medical profession; he also handled personal injury, maritime, construction, agriculture, employment and shareholder disputes. Fraley conducts up to four mediations per week and has mediated in over 2000 cases.
Edwin Glasgow CBE QC - 39 Essex Chambers Edwin Glasgow CBE QC at 39 Essex Chambers has extensive experience as a mediator, and has successfully settled over 90% of his mediation matters (both domestically and internationally). As a former founding chair of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, his experience includes matters involving Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Jane Gunn - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Jane Gunn is a full-time mediator with 24 years’ experience in mediating commercial cases. She has mediated hundreds of disputes, and is frequently chosen for complex cases. In 2019, Gunn mediated cases involving phishing fraud, partnership, workplace and boardroom issues. Her mediation clients include a global financial market organisation, a mid-sized law firm and a Leeds-based legal practice.
Kerry Gwyther - TLT TLT's commercial regulatory practice head Kerry Gwyther also leads the firm's mediation practice. A category A* (elite) mediator on the ADR group panel of mediators, Gwyther's mediation experience includes shareholder and partnership claims, franchising, professional negligence, inheritance, and warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation, among others.
Tim Hardy - IPOS MediationIPOS Mediation's Tim Hardy (also at CEDR Chambers) qualified as a mediator in 1997 and is CMS' former commercial litigation head. Hardy is 'an excellent mediator, who brings to bear his many years of experience as a senior litigator. He has a good manner with clients and is a good listener. He can also be firm when he needs to be, but is energetic in trying to bring parties together'. Hardy has conducted over 150 mediations with a notable focus on commercial disputes.
Andrew Hildebrand - IPOS Mediation Andrew Hildebrand at IPOS Mediation is 'always very calm and takes all the upset of disputes in his stride - the consummate professional'. Hildebrand is widely respected for his mediation of entertainment, media and commercial disputes. He has mediated high-profile cases involving Hollywood studios, broadcasters, agents, managers, licensors and distributors, as well as producers, financiers, event organisers, franchises, brands and rock bands.
Mark Keeley - Freeths LLPFreeths LLP's Mark Keeley in Nottingham is 'a great mediator, who is insightful and experienced; he is also very good at handling difficult clients'; he is also praised as 'an excellent contentious probate mediator'. He has conducted over 250 commercial mediations and specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes, as well as professional negligence claims.
Gerard Khoshnaw - Gateley PlcGateley Plc's Leeds-based partner Gerard Khoshnaw, (also at CEDR Chambers) has been a Court of Appeal panel mediator since 2004. He has handled over 250 mediations and has also been appointed to the mediator panels of The Law Society, The Association of Pension Lawyers, Sport Resolutions UK and ADR Group. Recent activity includes handling several high-profile mediations in the South East involving the NHS and the healthcare sector, which concerned high-value contracts.
Mark Linnell - IPOS MediationMark Linnell at IPOS Mediation has been a commercial mediator since 2005. Linnell's recent mediations included handling an exit from a company, where one of the parties was the founder, CEO and a significant shareholder. He also mediated a matter involving a senior company director, who claimed he was owed significant bonuses; and a family dispute concerning a large director loan account.
Mark Manley - MediataMark Manley provides a specialist commercial mediation service through mediation company, Mediata. Manley has approximately 20 years’ experience as a commercial mediator and has conducted hundreds of commercial mediations. He has expertise in mediating general commercial disputes, shareholder and partnership claims, and media, sports and entertainment cases, which frequently involve highly sensitive issues of reputation, commercial interests and confidentiality.
Christopher Newmark - CEDR ChambersChristopher Newmark at CEDR Chambers is also a name partner at dispute resolution law firm Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP. Newmark, who is a former chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, has conducted over 200 mediations, which have covered a broad range of commercial disputes. In addition to mediating in the UK, he has been instructed to conduct mediations in the US and Canada.
Nick Pearson - CEDR ChambersNick Pearson at CEDR Chambers is Baker McKenzie's former global dispute resolution head. Pearson acts as lead mediator, both in the UK and internationally, in a wide range of mediations, with particular experience in cross-border claims, breaches of contract, and partnership and shareholder disputes. Pearson has also mediated trusts, probate, insolvency, professional negligence and fraud matters.
Eve Pienaar - CEDR ChambersEve Pienaar at CEDR Chambers is a highly experienced commercial mediator, who consistently mediates high-value, multi-party and complex cases. CEDR-accredited in 2007, Pienaar's practice includes a wide variety of property and commercial, professional negligence and international mediations. She is also an accredited workplace mediator, whose clients vary from multinational corporations to partnerships and higher education institutions.
Martin Plowman - Mediation 1st Norwich-based Martin Plowman founded Mediation 1st in 2003. Plowman, who is 'always excellent and resourceful, at a very reasonable price', mediates over 100 times a year, and is a specialist in commercial litigation, contractual claims, inheritance, property disputes, and ToLATA claims. His cases cover both small sums and disputes worth over £20m, and he is appointed to mediate throughout the UK and Europe.
Liz Rivers - IPOS MediationLiz Rivers at IPOS Mediation is a highly regarded mediator for boardroom and senior team disputes, and is typically brought in by GCs or HR departments to resolve conflicts. Rivers' mediation highlights include a dispute involving the managing partner and finance director of a professional services firm; and a dispute between team members of a renewable energy organisation over working practices.
Andrew Eastgate (Independent mediator)
Anthony Glaister (Independent)Anthony Glaister (Independent) has over 20 years' mediation experience during which he has handled a broad range of commercial cases, including multi-party disputes, often involving numerous nationalities and backgrounds. Examples of recent mediations include agricultural, contractual, construction, probate, shipping and partnership disputes, among others.
The Property Mediators
Sara Benbow - The Property MediatorsThe Property Mediators' Sara Benbow (also a consultant member of Hardwicke) is 'a magnificent mediator, who is capable of cracking the hardest of disputes, and has many years of top-level property law experience behind her'. A mediator since 2003, mediation work forms the vast majority of Benbow's practice; she undertook approximately 40 mediations in 2019.
Andrew Manning Cox - CEDR Chambers Andrew Manning Cox at CEDR Chambers is regularly instructed to mediate disputes spanning a wide cross-section of sectors in the UK and internationally. In addition, as a chartered arbitrator he is regularly appointed to act as arbitrator by CEDR and a number of other arbitral bodies. He is a former senior litigation partner at Gowling WLG.
Neil Goodrum - CEDR ChambersNeil Goodrum at CEDR Chambers is a full-time mediator, who has extensive experience of mediating complex disputes across a range of industries, and which are frequently high in value. Goodrum is a former senior litigation partner at McCormicks, where he remains a consultant.
Charles Gordon - IPOS Mediation Charles Gordon at IPOS Mediation is 'a standout practitioner with a wealth of experience; he is always sensible, proactive and commercial'. Gordon is particularly focused on mediations involving insurance, financial services and insolvency. He also has a broad commercial practice that is frequently international in nature.
David Hossack - Morton FraserMorton Fraser's David Hossack is one of only four lawyers who are accredited as specialists in commercial mediation by the Law Society of Scotland. The experienced Hossack, who is based in Edinburgh, mediates on a regular basis in both Scotland and England, and is particularly noted for the resolution of employment and commercial disputes.
Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtSerle Court's Elizabeth Jones QC has been mediating since 1999; she has mediated a wide range of cases involving as many as 10 parties, both alone and as co-mediator. The value of her's mediations range from £2,000 to over £50m, and frequently involve parties from different cultures.
Michael King - XXIV Old BuildingsMichael King at XXIV Old Buildings is 'a brilliant mediator who will not allow parties to let matters drift; he is thoroughly effective in achieving a resolution'. He is highly experienced and acts across London and the regions in complex, trust, probate, estates and inheritance disputes. He has acted in approximately 180 mediations to date.
Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers Exchange Chambers' Leeds-based Paul Kirtley is an accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, who has mediated in over 100 mediations. Notably, he has developed a busy offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man, where he has successfully mediated a number of high-value claims.
Samantha Lowe - Concentus MediationSamantha Lowe at Concentus Mediation is 'a very good mediator with marketing skills to match.' She is praised for having 'built up a well-known brand in a crowded market' as well as a 'personable approach and desire to do the best possible job for her clients'. A mediator since 2016, Lowe mediates all types of disputes in the private wealth sector, from two-party estate disputes to complex, high-value, multi-party estate matters involving significant tax issues and assets overseas.
Mark Mattison (independent mediator)
Mark Mattison (Independent)Mark Mattison (Independent) conducts mediations across the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. He has acted in over 500 mediations to date; his areas of expertise include construction, banking, shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as commercial and contract issues, professional negligence claims, rights of way, and landlord and tenant matters.
Michael Shane - Atkin Chambers Michael Shane at Atkin Chambers is a former trial lawyer and arbitration advocate, who has acted as mediator in more than 1,700 disputes. His mediations have involved a range of commercial disputes, particularly insurance, finance, energy, IP, and construction and engineering.
Mark Shaw QC - IPOS Mediation At IPOS Mediation, the mediation experience of Mark Shaw QC (also a member of Blackstone Chambers) includes disputes arising from contract, tort, costs, immigration and public procurement issues. Recent work has included mediating a high-value dispute, which concerned the decision of an NHS Trust to abandon a public procurement process for a large hospital redevelopment scheme.
Stephen Shaw - Lamb Chambers Accredited since 1999, Stephen Shaw at Lamb Chambers has focused exclusively on mediation since 2007. Shaw's mediation practice covers a broad range of property and commercial disputes; he also mediates insurance-related personal injury and professional indemnity claims.
Caroline Sheridan - CEDR ChambersCaroline Sheridan of CEDR Chambers is a full-time professional mediator and executive coach from a financial services background. Her experience includes successfully assisting parties with the resolution of a wide range of disputes, with particular expertise in employment and workplace issues.
Beverley Vara - Maitland Chambers Beverley Vara at Maitland Chambers has developed a robust mediation practice since leaving Allen & Overy LLP, where she was a litigation partner, in 2013. Vara mediates all types of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on property; she also accepts mediation appointments in relation to banking and finance, commercial contracts, professional negligence, and construction and engineering.
The Property Mediators
Gary Webber - The Property Mediators Gary Webber at The Property Mediators is 'an excellent mediator, who focuses on getting to the heart of parties' emotional issues - particularly in cases such as neighbours' boundary disputes - which often prevent settlement more than the law does. You feel confident with him as your mediator'. A full-time property mediator since 2010, Webber conducts approximately 50 mediations a year.
Roger Levitt (Independent) Roger Levitt (Independent) is an experienced commercial property solicitor, who mediates business disputes involving commercial and residential property, construction, commerce and retail matters, along with healthcare, franchising and finance-related disputes, among others.
Sir Robert Akenhead - Atkin Chambers Sir Robert Akenhead at Atkin Chambers is a former Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court and specialist construction law barrister. Since retirement he has successfully mediated a series of disputes, concerning a wide range of issues, from defects to a hotel in the UK, through to a combined-cycle power plant in Africa.
Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersKings Chambers' Lesley Anderson QC also practises from Hardwicke. She regularly acts as a mediator in commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for partnership matters. Her recent mediations have included a co-venture dispute concerning a piece of development land, and a shareholder dispute involving a film distribution rights company.
Jonathan Arkush - Enterprise ChambersJonathan Arkush at Enterprise Chambers has to date conducted over 350 mediations. Recent work has included a complex commercial matter involving financial claims, and disputes concerning breach of fiduciary duty and the beneficial ownership of shares. Arkush also recently mediated a minority shareholder's petition for unfair prejudice, as well as the disputed will of another shareholder.
Paul Balen - Freeths LLPFreeths LLP's Nottingham-based consultant solicitor Paul Balen qualified as a mediator in 2004, and is highly regarded for his conduct of clinical negligence and personal injury mediations. In 2019, Balen conducted over 50 mediations; he has also mediated probate and commercial disputes.
Katie Bradford - Linklaters LLPLinklaters LLP partner consultant Katie Bradford has 20 years' experience as a mediator. She is highly rated for her expertise in high-value property-related disputes, but she is also experienced in mediating claims involving employment issues, pensions, and trusts and probate.
Hatch Brenner LLP
Mark Fitch – Hatch Brenner LLP Mark Fitch at Hatch Brenner LLP is ‘an excellent mediator who quickly understands the obvious points of conflict and aims to find common ground to settle as soon as possible‘. Fitch qualified as a commercial mediator in 2005 and has conducted over 75 mediations. His mediations have covered contested probate, employment matters, and property and commercial claims.
Nicholas Gould - Fenwick Elliott LLP At construction and energy law firm Fenwick Elliott LLP, experienced partner Nicholas Gould is also a specialist mediator in the construction sector. Gould has acted as lead mediator in over 90 mediations since 1997, including substantial multi-party, high-value mediations.
Peter McCormick OBE - McCormicksMcCormicks senior partner Peter McCormick OBE is widely respected for his sport-related mediation work. Chairman of the Premier League's legal advisory group, he is also a member of a panel of legal specialists for Sport Resolutions (UK), an organisation that provides mediation and arbitration facilities for parties involved in sport-related disputes.
Andrew Miller QC - 2 Temple Gardens The 'energetic and engaging' Andrew Miller QC at 2 Temple Gardens is 'adept at both getting to the nub of the issues in dispute and reality-testing challenging clients'. Practising as a lead mediator since 2017, he also mediates through IPOS Mediation and CEDR Chambers, and is particularly noted for heavyweight, high-value commercial disputes.
Nick Parker - Berry SmithBerry Smith's dispute resolution head Nick Parker 'has a relaxed, easy-going style that belies a tenacity to get the job done in the best commercial and pragmatic way'. Parker has mediated several hundred civil and commercial disputes across England and Wales, and is a founder member of Hexagon Mediation, a recently launched six-person, specialist mediation group.
Penelope Reed QC - 5 Stone Buildings Since 2009, Penelope Reed QC at 5 Stone Buildings has undertaken over 100 mediations, which have predominantly involved probate claims, trust litigation, applications under the Inheritance Act, and Court of Protection and proprietary estoppel claims. She has recently mediated a number of complex trust and estate disputes.
11 South Square
Michael Silverleaf QC - 11 South Square In addition to the busy silk practice of 11 South Square's Michael Silverleaf QC, he has been an accredited specialist IP mediator since 2004. He is regularly instructed by leading IP firms for IP-related mediations; and is a member of the DRS Expert Panel, through which he decides domain name disputes.
Patrick Taylor - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquarePatrick Taylor is a prominent member of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's specialist mediation group, and has mediated over 200 cases since accreditation. Taylor's experience includes the mediating of a commercial agent’s claims; numerous multi-party claims, particularly with an insurance dimension; complex private law disputes; and agricultural matters.
The Property Mediators
Iain Travers - The Property MediatorsThe Property Mediators' Iain Travers is 'a very firm mediator who is willing to have tough conversations with all parties'. A mediator since 1999 and full-time since 2018, he was formerly head of property litigation at Ashurst. He was appointed as mediator on 15 occasions in his first year.
Simon Williams - Radcliffe Chambers Radcliffe Chambers' Simon Williams is an experienced mediator in property and commercial disputes. His expertise covers commercial, construction and insurance contracts; companies and shareholders; partnerships; landlord and tenant issues; rights of way, restrictive covenants, adverse possession and boundaries; trusts and probate; and professional negligence.