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IPOS Mediation
THE INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTRE
1 Paternoster Lane
LONDON
EC4M 7BQ
England

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 1

Alistair Pye – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Alistair Pye 'has a terrific grasp of complex documents, and quickly communicates these concepts in straightforward terms to clients and lawyers alike. He can adapt his approach and personality to a range of clients, across a range of legal issues, and has a terrifically disarming nature that unlocks even the most vehement of disputes.' Regularly appointed by both Magic Circle firms, litigation practices, major contractors and local authorities, Pye conducted 59 mediations during 2022, with approximately 30% of his frequently multi-party caseload concerning construction or engineering-related matters. Pye is also increasingly active in relation to mediations held in Scotland, including large civil engineering claims, as well as the mediation of sports disputes.Charles Powell – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation‘s Charles Powell is a former Freeths LLP partner, who ‘seems to have the magic touch. He convinces parties that they really do want to settle. Even parties who are going through the motions or are poles apart find themselves shaking hands at the end of a day with Charles‘. A founder member of both Hexagon Mediation Limited and The Association of Midlands Mediators, Powell has approximately 30 years’ experience as a mediator, and conducted over 600 mediations to date. He specialises in commercial and partnership disputes, professional negligence, and property claims. Other key areas are banking, asset finance and insolvency-related mediations.Chris Fitton – IPOS Mediation Mediating over 50 high-value claims during 2022, IPOS Mediation's Chris Fitton's practice predominantly covers commercial, insurance and banking disputes; and he is 'open and friendly and puts clients at ease, whilst also having a firm grasp of the facts and legal aspects of the dispute'. Although he mostly mediates UK-based claims, Fitton handled, in a recent 12-month period, over a dozen matters involving overseas attendees. Recent workloads include a dispute between competing factions of a deceased’s family concerning the distribution of a London property business; and a claim by the owners of a Scottish shopping centre against the construction company that built and maintained it.Patrick Walker – IPOS Mediation  'The most effective and easiest mediator to work with on the circuit', IPOS Mediation's Patrick Walker's 'ability to deal with clients is truly first rate'. Walker maintains bases in both London and Leeds, but is also an active provider of online mediations. With an enviable property and commercial background, Walker's current mediation practice encompasses professional negligence, contentious probate, and share purchase and construction disputes. As a full time mediator, Walker mediates frequently high-value matters twice or three times a week; and recent mediations include a bankruptcy-related claim and the unlawful roof space development at a London high-rise.Jon Lang – IPOS Mediation Jon Lang at IPOS Mediation 'clearly works incredibly hard from the beginning, and is prepared to continue that approach until settlement, whether during or after the mediation day. This sets the standard for the approach for the parties to follow'. A full-time mediator since 2005, notable growth areas for Lang, a former chair of the IBA's Mediation Committee, range from professional negligence, property, and insolvency, trusts and probate, to procurement (particularly Covid-related disputes), banking, partnership, construction and shareholder claims. Lang is also increasingly instructed in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as matters involving hundreds of claimants and several defendants.Mark Jackson-Stops – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's chambers leader Mark Jackson-Stops is 'very calm, collected and personable. He makes the client feel like their views are being heard, but also seeks to explain the other side’s point of view. He works hard during a mediation to bring about a commercial settlement'. Mediating over 1800 cases to date, Jackson-Stops is a go-to mediator for professional negligence, property and construction disputes. He also handles claims concerning insurance, financial services, commercial contracts, and probate and inheritance. Recent matters include a construction claim by the owner of a high-value residential property against a developer, in relation to the leaking basement of a newly-built house; and a professional negligence claim against a solicitor firm for losing the opportunity to bring a personal injury claim.Andrew Hildebrand – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Andrew Hildebrand 'does not give up on cases. He always wants to see them through and keep the process going for a long as possible.  This is a valuable quality when enthusiasm starts to flag on the day'. A widely-respected entertainment, sports and licensing mediator, Hildebrand's experience covers the mediation of high-stakes conflicts involving Hollywood studios, broadcasters, agents, managers, distributors and producers. He also mediates disputes involving financiers, event organisers, sports, franchises, brands and rock bands. Hildebrand additionally specialises in conflicts between businesses (and disputes within businesses), including between shareholders, partners and family members.Rebecca Attree – IPOS Mediation  'A star mediator, who can navigate the choppiest of waters to get the parties to settlement', Rebecca Attree at IPOS Mediation 'demonstrates a deep understanding of the parties' cases'. Attree regularly mediates a broad range of disputes in relation to commercial contracts, corporate, partnerships, family businesses, aviation, and property. With over 35 years’ experience in assisting global businesses and individuals to resolve conflicts, she also handles mediations involving professional negligence, insurance, art, probate, trusts, and workplace issues. Attree was also recently engaged to assist senior members of the judiciary in the Cayman Islands with refreshing their mediation skills.Lawrence Kershen KC – IPOS Mediation  With 'gravitas and wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary experience', IPOS Mediation‘s Lawrence Kershen KC is appreciated for his 'combination of calmness and rigour'. Mediating for over a quarter of a century, Kershen's recent experience includes mediating an aviation-related joint venture involving private jet sales; a construction case concerning housing development defects, and insurance and indemnity issues; a breach of confidence and data protection claim concerning the unauthorised disclosure of information; and a matter regarding accountants’ professional negligence, in relation to advice on offshore investments. Kershen also regularly trains mediators from across the UK, as well as internationally.Mark Linnell – IPOS Mediation  A commercial mediator since 2005, IPOS Mediation's Mark Linnell 'understands the importance of adapting his style of mediation to best suit the parties and the nature of the dispute'. Linnell's focus remains fixed on the mediation of disputes involving commercial contracts, financial services, property and insurance. Recent highlights include a commercial property claim, a shareholder dispute between the owners and loan holders of an aviation engineering company, and a breach of contract matter. Linnell also mediated a surrogated claim that was made by an insurer, as well as a landslide-related damages claim.Charles Gordon – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Charles Gordon is 'a top-class mediator.  He is able to unravel thorny issues with patience and rigour'. Gordon's practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance, with many recent cases concerning coverage for Pandemic claims. Gordon's experience also includes mediating a major aviation dispute, a global lottery case, and several property and construction claims. The scope of his appointments are also becoming increasingly international.Michael Cover – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Michael Cover 'adds terrific value to a case through his experienced and balanced approach. His wealth of experience means that his commercial, yet empathetic, handling of difficult high-net-worth matrimonial disputes gives him the edge on other mediators'. Handling both commercial and family business disputes, Cover is actively building up his practice to incorporate Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, in addition to London and the UK generally.Tim Hardy – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Tim Hardy, a former CMS commercial litigation group leader, is 'extremely affable and has the crucial ability to get on with all to put them at ease‘. Hardy is a go-to mediator for complex commercial, corporate, investor, partnership and financial disputes.Liz Rivers  – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Liz Rivers, the first woman in the UK to become a CEDR-accredited mediator in 1992, is 'able to build a real sense of trust from the outset. She has the ability to help business leaders see their common aims, helping to repair relationships'. A qualified psychotherapist, Rivers is typically appointed by GCs or HR departments to resolve boardroom and senior team disputes.Jane Gunn – IPOS Mediation  Jane Gunn  at IPOS Mediation 'has an inner calm that is so deep that she can handle anything. She has so many ways of addressing situations that there is never a time that she is stuck. There is nothing she can't handle'. Particularly focused on highly complex and emotional matters, Gunn's representative caseload includes mediating a workplace and disability discrimination-related matter, a personal injury case, a sexual discrimination claim, and boardroom and partnership conflicts.Harry Spurr  - IPOS Mediation  Harry Spurr at IPOS Mediation 'has all the skills of an effective mediator. He has an impressive knowledge of the law and an equally-impressive commercial awareness'. Spurr is widely respected for mediating disputes across the commercial and civil spectrum, and is increasingly known for cases concerning land, property and environmental issues.Peter Crossley - IPOS Mediation Peter Crossley at IPOS Mediation is 'calm under pressure and able to manage difficult parties'. Mediating for over 25 years, Crossley's recent caseload includes a joint venture-related dispute between two lifelong friends.

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IPOS Mediation (formerly known as In Place of Strife) is a leading provider of mediation services across the UK and internationally.  IPOS is home to many of the most experienced and reputable mediators in the UK, all of whom have a wide range of specialist skills underlying their wider mediation experience.

IPOS prides itself on being more than just an administrative service, assisting its clients with selecting the best mediator for their particular dispute, finding and booking the mediation venue and, where required, mediating the mediation.  IPOS’s mediators have experience in a wide range of practice areas and are accustomed to handling disputes concerning two parties to huge multi-party mediations and with values from the hundreds to the billions.

IPOS has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as their Mediation Firm of the Year 2018, by Acquisition International as Best Civil & Commercial Remote Mediation Specialists 2020 and Best Mediation Services Provider 2018 and Highly Commended as a Mediation Provider in the National Mediation Awards 2018.

Types of disputes covered:

Civil & Commercial: IPOS’s mediators are experts in resolving all manner of civil disputes whether in the course of litigation or outside it.  Increasingly their skills are called upon to unlock deadlocked negotiations or to help resolve disputes at the pre-action stage.  Areas covered include: Insurance and Reinsurance, Partnership and Shareholder, Property, Land and Real Estate, Pensions and Life Assurance, Regulatory and Public Sector, Entertainment and Media, Family Business and Trusts, Sport, Costs Mediation, Construction and Engineering, Financial Services and Banking, Inheritance, Wills and Probate, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence and Intellectual Property.

Workplace & Employment: With a particular focus on executive level and senior management disputes, IPOS’s mediators are experts in helping employers and employees resolve workplace disputes and in rebuilding relationships so that all parties can move forwards.  IPOS can also offer training and guidance in managing organisational conflict.

Family, Family Businesses, Trusts and Relationships: IPOS’s mediators have a depth of experience in helping to resolve family disputes, whether that’s family breakdown, an inheritance issue or issues between family members in business together.  IPOS’s mediators are experienced in handling the high emotion, highly charged situations that such disputes can generate and in assisting in rebuilding relationships damaged by such disputes.

Public Sector & Regulatory

IPOS’s team of specialist public sector mediators boasts extensive experience in dealing with disputes involving public sector bodies and organisations, derived not only from mediation, but also from having represented and advised public organisations, and their opponents, in disputes.  This background allows our team to claim a true understanding of the unique range of factors that affects conflict involving public bodies, and explains, in no small part, why our team is at the vanguard of the development of mediation in this arena.

A number of IPOS’s mediators are also highly experienced trainers in mediation and in coaching parties pre-mediation to ensure that they get the best from the process.

Department Name Email Telephone
Practice Manager Joanne Claypole info@mediate.co.uk 0333 014 4575
Partner Henrietta Jackson-Stops info@mediate.co.uk 0333 014 4575
Partner Mark Jackson-Stops info@mediate.co.uk 0333 014 4575
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Rebecca Attree photo Rebecca Attree Rebecca is one of the top 50 UK commercial mediators. Described as…
Elizabeth Birch photo Elizabeth Birch Elizabeth has been mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, with a…
Tim Bouchier-Hayes photo Tim Bouchier-Hayes After over 40 years’ experience in private practice, Tim developed a reputation…
Amanda Bucklow photo Amanda Bucklow Amanda has maintained a full-time independent dispute resolution practice since 1991 and…
Michael Cover photo Michael Cover Michael Cover has been a full time mediator since 2008. He was…
Peter Crossley photo Peter Crossley Peter is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and London Head of…
David A Evans JP photo David A Evans JP David specialises in mediation where the parties need to re-establish and maintain…
Chris Fitton photo Chris Fitton Chris was a busy commercial disputes partner for 20 years, with national/international…
Charles Gordon photo Charles Gordon Charles Gordon is a mediator and arbitrator, recognised by the Legal 500 for his mediation expertise.…
Jane Gunn photo Jane Gunn Listed as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Mediation and featured in…
Tim Hardy photo Tim Hardy Exceptionally experienced former City litigator now practising as a full time Independent…
Andrew Hildebrand photo Andrew Hildebrand With a unique background as mediator, lawyer and business adviser, Andrew brings…
Henrietta  Jackson-Stops photo Henrietta Jackson-Stops Henrietta mediates a wide range of civil and commercial disputes alongside her…
Mark Jackson-Stops photo Mark Jackson-Stops Mark Jackson-Stops has been a full-time mediator since the mid 1990s and…
Lawrence Kershen photo Lawrence Kershen Lawrence is recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced mediators and…
Jon Lang photo Jon Lang Jon Lang is one of the most sought-after commercial mediators in the…
Mark Linnell photo Mark Linnell Mark Linnell is an experienced commercial mediator. He was accredited by the…
Charles Middleton-Smith photo Charles Middleton-Smith Commercial full-time mediator with 20 years’ experience in all business sectors. During…
Barbara Mills photo Barbara Mills Barbara is a specialist family practitioner acting as both Counsel and as…
Jane Mulcahy KC photo Jane Mulcahy KC As a former journalist and editorial director, Jane brings a range of…
Arabella  Murphy photo Arabella Murphy With nearly 25 years’ experience as a highly-rated Private Client solicitor, Arabella…
Charles Powell photo Charles Powell I have over 25 years’ experience as a mediator and have now…
Alistair Pye photo Alistair Pye Alistair is one of the UK’s most popular mediators. With well over…
Liz Rivers photo Liz Rivers Liz is one of the few senior mediators in the UK who…
Beverly-Ann Rogers photo Beverly-Ann Rogers Beverly is consistently recognised by the leading legal guides as being in…
Stephen Ruttle photo Stephen Ruttle Stephen Ruttle KC is one of the UK’s leading mediators.  Having, by…
Mark Shaw  photo Mark Shaw Practising KC. (Blackstone Chambers, Temple, London) and mediator. As a litigator, Mark…
Harry Spurr photo Harry Spurr Harry is an experienced commercial mediator, described by peers and clients as “a highly…
Beverley Vara photo Beverley Vara Beverley is an experienced mediator (full time since 2013) having previously been…
Patrick Walker photo Patrick Walker Consistently ranked in tier 1 in both Chambers and Partners and Legal…
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