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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  'Brilliant both for virtual and in-person mediations', IPOS Mediation's Alistair Pye 'quickly gets to the nub of the issues and pushes clients to understand the true strengths and weaknesses in their case. Direct in his approach, he swiftly builds a rapport with clients, and gives clients the sense that he is genuinely invested in achieving a fair resolution'. During 2021, Pye conducted 62 mediations, receiving regular appointments from Magic Circle and leading litigation firms; and approximately 30% of his appointments are construction/engineering-related, while many are multi-party claims. The remainder of Pye's practice includes inheritance disputes (often within the farming community), insurance coverage matters, property and land disputes, and employment, partnership and shareholder claims.Chris Fitton – IPOS Mediation  Chris Fitton at IPOS Mediation 'does an excellent job, at times in the face of obstructive and unprepared parties, and is proactive and pragmatic. He really drives mediations forward, and is not afraid to test and challenge all parties' positions'. In 2021, Fitton mediated approximately 50 high-value cases, including several cases with three or more parties (and one involving over 100 claimants). A notable feature of his practice is his ability to mediate cases remotely, with over 75 mediations concluded via video link to date; and recent highlights include a claim against accountants for a failed tax avoidance scheme, and a financial services mis-selling class action against a bank.Mark Jackson-Stops – IPOS Mediation  At the forefront of the mediation profession for over 25 years, IPOS Mediation's chambers head Mark Jackson-Stops, 'conducts mediations in a manner that garners respect from the parties'. Jackson-Stops, who to date has mediated over 1700 cases, is particularly sought out for mediations involving professional negligence, property, construction, insurance, probate, inheritance, and financial services (including mis-selling and commercial contract disputes). In recent highlights, he mediated a claim by a main contractor against a cladding sub-contractor, which concerned several tower blocks; and a property portfolio manager's claim to a contractual right to commission upon the sale of properties.Jon Lang – IPOS Mediation  A full-time mediator since 2005, IPOS Mediation‘s Jon Lang is appreciated for his 'commitment and drive to achieve settlement in the knowledge that it is invariably in the parties' best interests, together with  his ability to adapt to a changing landscape as a mediation develops and the parties' true positions become clearer'. Conducting over 50 mediations each year, Lang (a past chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association) is instructed in a wide variety of disputes both in the UK and overseas, from multi-party international trade cases comprising proceedings in various jurisdictions, to mediations involving multiple and diverse claims between partnership members.Patrick Walker – IPOS Mediation  Qualified as a mediator since 1997, IPOS Mediation's Patrick Walker is 'always well prepared and quickly hones in on the real issues - great attention to detail, patience and persistence.' He works from bases in both London and Leeds, and is now firmly established as a provider of online mediations; and since March 2020, Walker has completed over 200 online mediations nationally and abroad. With a substantial property and commercial background, he currently mediates a wide variety of disputes, in relation to professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction. Recent work includes Covid-19-related lockdown property and commercial disputes, as well as cladding and other high-rise safety issues.Andrew Hildebrand – IPOS Mediation  'A definite first-choice mediator', Andrew Hildebrand at IPOS Mediation is 'extremely emotionally intelligent and gifted at reading the room. He knows both when to be receptive to the client's concerns, and when to push and challenge the client'. Hildebrand is a highly respected entertainment, sports and licensing mediator, whose track record includes high-profile cases involving Hollywood studios, broadcasters, rights owners, agents, managers, distributors and producers (among others). He additionally mediates disputes between businesses, as well as conflicts within businesses, including between partners, shareholders and family members.Mark Linnell – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Mark Linnell is 'an excellent mediator, who brings a wealth of experience with him; and he is particularly adept at messy business disputes between former friends involved in small to medium-sized private companies/joint ventures'. A commercial mediator since 2005, Linnell's practice covers financial services-related commercial contracts, shareholder-related disputes, and commercial property-related landlord and tenant issues. He also mediates insolvency and property development matters, and is increasingly active in contested probate claims and battles between siblings.Lawrence Kershen KC – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation‘s Lawrence Kershen KC is 'calm and calming and very personable, but firm when necessary. He has real gravitas'. Kershen's recent highlights include mediating in relation to a film finance scheme disallowed by HMRC; pharmaceuticals-related contract terms; a breach of confidence and data protection claim regarding unauthorised disclosure of information; an aviation joint venture; and accountants’ professional negligence. He also recently trained mediators from both across the UK and internationally in mediation and advanced techniques.Rebecca Clark – IPOS Mediation  A full-time mediator with IPOS Mediation since 2016, Rebecca Clark is ‘one of the best mediators I have come across in over 20 years practice at the Bar. She is on top of her brief, and understanding yet firm with the parties‘. Clark mediates a wide range of commercial disputes, but is particularly well known for her financial services expertise and disputes involving SMEs. In addition to being appointed as a member of the Court of Appeal specialist mediator panel in October 2021, Clark became the Chair of the Civil Mediation Council in June 2022, the first female mediator and non-judicial holder of such office.Charles Gordon – IPOS Mediation Charles Gordon at IPOS Mediation is 'excellent at quickly picking up the issues and where concessions could be made by both sides to achieve a commercial resolution'. Gordon is well known for insurance and reinsurance disputes (including recent insurance cover-related mediations for pandemic losses), but is also increasingly active in construction, financial services, IP and insolvency cases.Charles Middleton-Smith – IPOS Mediation  A full-time mediator since 2007, IPOS Mediation's Charles Middleton-Smith has notable media and entertainment sector expertise. He is also well known for the mediation of corporate and general commercial disputes.Jane Gunn – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Jane Gunn is 'clear and precise, measured, and easy to communicate with'. An experienced commercial mediator, Gunn mediates a wide variety of disputes involving commercial matters, business and partnership issues, boardroom clashes, joint ventures, and property and construction. Other notable areas include family businesses and trusts, employment and workplace matters, medical negligence and personal injury.Rebecca Attree – IPOS Mediation  Rebecca Attree at IPOS Mediation is ‘an exceptional mediator. She is intelligent, well prepared, has excellent inter-personal skills, and works tirelessly to try to conclude mediations with a satisfactory outcome‘. Fully accredited to mediate in the UK, US and online, Attree's main mediation areas cover commercial contracts, workplace disputes, aviation, property, construction and family offices. She also has considerable experience in international disputes.Tim Hardy – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Tim Hardy (a former commercial litigation team head at CMS) ‘stands out for his ability to ride out the emotions of the parties, and then guide them to a successful resolution‘. Hardy conducted 35 appointments during 2021, his mediation practice particularly focused on high-value and complex financial and commercial disputes.Liz Rivers  – IPOS Mediation  The first woman in the UK to become a CEDR-accredited mediator in 1992, IPOS Mediation's Liz Rivers' 'capabilities in leadership coaching, team dynamics management and conflict resolution are remarkable'. Rivers is a highly rated mediator for boardroom and senior team disputes, and has particular expertise in cases involving sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Rivers is also a qualified psychotherapist.Michael Cover – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation's Michael Cover 'was great at managing the parties' time, and ensuring that the settlement was secured and signed many months after the main mediation'. Cover's core areas are IP, IT, and shareholder and partnership disputes, including many with international features. He recently mediated a major global trade mark dispute.Elizabeth Birch – IPOS Mediation  IPOS Mediation‘s Elizabeth Birch, who is also a member of 3 Verulam Buildings, has been mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995. Birch is particularly well known for the mediation of maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance disputes.Amanda Bucklow – IPOS Mediation  Many of the recent cases of IPOS Mediation's Amanda Bucklow had an underlying connection to COVID-19. An accredited commercial mediator since 1996, Bucklow is noted for her expertise in engaging parties who are suffering from stress, as well as those who require consideration of attributes such as autism, ADHD or disabilities (including mental health issues).Harry Spurr  - IPOS Mediation  Increasingly winning instructions from high-profile clients in the UK and internationally, Harry Spurr at IPOS Mediation has particular specialisms in disputes involving public sector organisations, as well as claims involving property, land or environmental issues. Spurr is 'personable, calming, and not afraid to put forward opposing points of view in the hope it will lead to progress'.

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.

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Practice Manager Joanne Claypoleinfo@mediate.co.uk0333 014 4575
Partner Henrietta Jackson-Stopsinfo@mediate.co.uk0333 014 4575
Partner Mark Jackson-Stopsinfo@mediate.co.uk0333 014 4575
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Rebecca Attree photo Rebecca AttreeRebecca is a highly effective and experienced full time Civil and Commercial…
Elizabeth Birch photo Elizabeth BirchFull time professional arbitrator and mediator since 2003 handling a wide variety…
Tim Bouchier-Hayes photo Tim Bouchier-HayesAfter over 40 years’ experience in private practice, Tim developed a reputation…
Amanda Bucklow photo Amanda BucklowFull-time commercial mediator with notable experience and track record in construction (including…
Rebecca Clark photo Rebecca Clark“Rebecca is an excellent mediator, carefully and adeptly handling the factual, legal…
Michael Cover photo Michael CoverFull time mediator and arbitratorSpecialist Areas: IP/IT and Technology, Insurance, Maritime, Investor…
Peter Crossley photo Peter CrossleyPeter is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and London Head of…
David A Evans JP photo David A Evans JPMediator
Chris Fitton photo Chris FittonChris was a busy commercial disputes partner for 20 years, with national/international…
Charles Flint photo Charles FlintMediator – specialising in banking and financial services. Charles is recognised by…
Charles Gordon photo Charles GordonI was delighted to join IPOS Mediation, The Mediation Chambers this year…
Jane Gunn photo Jane GunnJane Gunn is a former city solicitor, now a full time mediator…
Tim Hardy photo Tim HardyExceptionally experienced former City litigator now practising as a full time Independent…
Andrew Hildebrand photo Andrew HildebrandAndrew is a highly sought after commercial mediator with a high success…
Mark Jackson-Stops photo Mark Jackson-StopsMark is recognised “as one of the great mediators” in the UK.…
Lawrence Kershen photo Lawrence KershenRecognised as one of the UK and, indeed, the world’s leading mediators,…
Jon Lang photo Jon LangCEDR accredited in 2001, Jon became a full-time mediator in May 2005,…
Mark Linnell photo Mark LinnellIndependent commercial mediator, specialising in commercial disputes across a wide range of…
Charles Middleton-Smith photo Charles Middleton-SmithCommercial full-time mediator with 20 years’ experience in all business sectors. During…
Barbara Mills photo Barbara MillsBarbara is a specialist family practitioner acting as both Counsel and as…
Jane Mulcahy photo Jane MulcahyBarrister at Blackstone Chambers. Mediates in the areas of employment, sport, music,…
Denise O'Connor photo Denise O'ConnorMediator, Insurance and Commercial Disputes
Charles Powell photo Charles PowellI have over 25 years’ experience as a mediator and have now…
Alistair Pye photo Alistair PyeMediator with IPOS Mediation, The Mediation Chambers. Full time lawyer-neutral, construction adjudicator…
Liz Rivers photo Liz RiversLiz is one of the few senior mediators in the UK who…
Beverly-Ann Rogers photo Beverly-Ann RogersBeverly’s mediation practice includes high value, international and cross-cultural disputes. The areas…
Stephen Ruttle photo Stephen RuttleStephen Ruttle QC is one of the UK’s leading mediators.  Having, by…
Mark Shaw photo Mark ShawPractising Q.C. (Blackstone Chambers, Temple, London) and mediator, specialising in public law:…
Harry Spurr photo Harry SpurrHarry is an experienced commercial mediator, described by peers and clients as “a highly…
Patrick Walker photo Patrick WalkerFull time mediator working nationally with consistent first category ranking. Background in…
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