Mark Shaw KC > IPOS Mediation > London, England > Lawyer Profile

IPOS Mediation
1 Paternoster Lane


Practising Q.C. (Blackstone Chambers, Temple, London) and mediator, specialising in public law: especially central and local government bodies, professional disciplinary and regulatory agencies, police authorities, utilities and media organisations.
This brings a depth of insight into the legal, presentational, financial, personnel, data protection and policy issues which often tax public and regulatory bodies.

But Mark’s 10-year mediation experience is by no means limited to those areas.

Recent mediations include, for example
:* resolving two long-running industrial relations disputes concerning changes to the pension arrangements for 1000s of public sector workers (including senior judges); and
* the joint mediation (with Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice) of a dispute over what was then thought to be the largest costs bill in UK legal history (arising from a very substantial negligence/nuisance class action about the alleged dumping of chemicals in Africa),

Other mediations have involved disputes in the following areas: partnership, neighbours, commercial contracts, education, immigration, nationality, EU, property development, professional negligence, police (dog) misconduct and misfeasance.

Mark has also acted as a hybrid mediator/adjudicator/visitor for Exeter University dealing with a challenge by the Christian Union to its suspension from the Students’ Union for refusing to allow non-Christian students to become members or leaders, which helped to defuse a judicial review claim.


1987: Called to the Bar

1988-date: Member of Blackstone Chambers (practising barrister)

1992-2002: Member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Approved Government Counsel (Junior Panel from 1992 to 1997; Senior Panel from 1997 to 2002)

2002: Appointed Q.C.

2005-2015: Special Advocate (security cleared for terrorism cases)

2008: Accredited mediator (CEDR)

2018: Shortlisted for “Silk of the Year” in the Chambers Bar Awards (one of three nominees) in the field of Professional Discipline

2018: Admitted to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for excellence in mediation


Italian (oral – fluent; written – good working knowledge)


CMC (Civil Mediation Council)

ALBA (Administrative Law Bar Association – former committee member)

Inner Temple


1981-1984: University College, Durham University (BA in Law, First Class Honours)

1984-1985: Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University (LLM, First Class Honours)

1986: Inns of Court School of Law, London

1987: Called to the Bar, Inner Temple

1987-1988: Pupillage, Blackstone Chambers

2008: Accredited mediator, CEDR