An independent mediator and dispute resolution adviser with over 20 years of mediation experience on a broad range of commercial cases involving two or multi party disputes, and numerous nationalities and backgrounds.
An adjudicator since 1999 dealing with a wide range of building and engineering disputes; also appointed as conciliator by insurers and trade associations.
An arbitrator directly appointed by legal representatives in sensitive partnership and inter personal disputes.
A dispute resolution adviser and facilitator or collaborative negotiator employed by business and private users either to advise on the most appropriate way to resolve disputes or in assisting parties negotiate their own settlement as negotiator rather than as mediator.
Why do I think mediation is a great way to find acceptable solutions?
"After 25 years of practicing as a private solicitor in London and Leeds I have had a fair measure of successes and failures ranging from the Court of Appeal and international arbitrations in Europe and the USA to small claims in county courts. Commercial folk and any of us involved in a dispute with a customer, partner or profesional would not have designed dispute resolution methods that rely so much on the exactitudes of a long winded evaluative process. We would look to more appropriate, cost effective, efficient and perhaps holistic alternatives. It is common sense to try to resolve any problem by negotiation, just as it is to try to design things to prevent such problems arising in the fisrt place. Assisting clients negotiate a sensible settlement is or should be the first priority. Doing so in a way that looks to maximising mutual gains is known as collaborative negotiation.
Mediation is the next rung on the dispute resolution ladder and acting as a mediator in hundreds of cases over the past few years has shown that there is never or hardly ever any compelling reasons not to try mediation at a relatively early stage of any dispute. There again sometimes parties do want a decision reached as efficiently and effectively as possible and that is where adjudication and speedy forms of arbitraiton might have a role.
Acting as a neutral in a wide variety of capacities is immensely satisfying and provides real common sense solutions to any difference or dispute that arises. We should be dedicated to resolution by sensible means and resist being slaves to the processes that have evolved."