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UK Bar: Mediation 2017

In this chapter, we identify the leading commercial mediators at the Bar. The range of individuals featured includes part and full-time mediators, door tenants, and members of specialist mediation chambers with a strong track record in high-profile commercial disputes. We select 20 individuals.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
John Sturrock QC Brick Court Chambers
William Wood QC Brick Court Chambers
Mark Lomas QC Independent Mediators
Rosemary Jackson QC Keating Chambers
Juniors
Elizabeth Birch 3 Verulam Buildings
Beverly-Ann Rogers Serle Court

Silks

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS boast an impressive bench of commercial mediators with extensive experience in high-profile disputes worldwide. Three prominent silks are recognised.
Door tenant John Sturrock QC is considered a “thought leader” in the area. Sources cite his keen intellect”, “preparation to get at core issues” and “massive wealth of experience in difficult negotiation situations”. Another respondent maintains, “John is the best mediator I have met and has brought about a settlement in two cases which I thought resolution was impossible.”
William Wood QC is also regarded as a “thought leader”, earning widespread praise from peers who regard him as a “stellar performer” and “one of the world’s top mediators”. Wood regularly mediates on a wide variety of complex and high-profile disputes internationally, including a high number of competition, insurance and telecoms matters.
The “extremely popular and successful” Stephen Ruttle QC is a leading mediator in the international commercial sphere praised as an “innovator” and “extraordinary performer”.

At KEATING CHAMBERS, two Queen’s Counsel are recommended. The set is a premier construction law offering and its mediators excel in complex construction and engineering disputes given their proficiency in the field and technical insight.
Rosemary Jackson QC comes highly recommended for her impressive mediation practice encompassing high-profile construction and engineering disputes as well as a wide range of commercial disputes. One interviewee states, "She has an effortless manner and calm authority, but, akin to a swan, you know that her feet are paddling very hard under the surface. She engenders a sense of trust among participants in a mediation.”
Construction disputes specialist Robert Gaitskell QC draws high praise from markets sources for his extensive experience in a wide range of international technological, engineering and construction disputes. According to one respondent, “He is absurdly modest, hugely respected and technically superb.”

INDEPENDENT MEDIATORS is a leading mediation chambers that counts a number of respected commercial mediators among its members. Two key silks are recommended in the following pages.
The “first-rate” Mark Lomas QC is known for handling difficult mediations and the parties involved with “an assured and calm manner”. He comes strongly recommended by peers for his proficiency in mediations relating to professional negligence, insurance and marine and quadrant-related disputes.
The “eminent” Michel Kallipetis QC is considered “a force of nature” with a passionate following. In particular, he is noted for being “very good at getting to grips with the parties and keeping parties calm when offers are far apart”.

In PLACE OF STRIFE’s Lawrence Kershen QC emerges as one of the bar’s most reputable mediators with one source praising him as “a very effective mediator with a stellar practice”. Although he has mediated a wide range of disputes, he is particularly well known for his work in complex cross-border disputes.

At 39 ESSEX CHAMBERS, Edwin Glasgow QC is warmly endorsed for his “evaluative and personable style that helps to put clients at ease”. He is a veteran with over 45 years of experience and is particularly active in large disputes in Asia.

Elizabeth Jones QC of SERLE COURT is an accomplished mediator known for her “strong presence and her excellent managing of the process”.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS’ Charles Flint QC is an “extremely clever, firm and supportive mediator” who earns high praise from peers: “He is the absolute doyen of banking and financial services disputes.”

At 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS, David Owen QC provides clients with over 30 years of experience as a mediator. Sources considered him “a hugely knowledgeable, pleasant, user-friendly and bright lawyer” with another source claiming, "He is very proactive in this mediation, perceptive and sympathetic to parties’ positions.”

Juniors

SERLE COURT’s Beverly-Ann Rogers is held in the highest regard by the market, particularly for her expertise in sensitive commercial disputes involving family members. According to one source, “She is highly skilled in conducting mediations in what is a very specialist area and one where the parties to the disputes are often highly emotional. She also has a real ability to connect well with the parties.”

At 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS, Elizabeth Birch is a very experienced mediator known for her “non-preaching, reserved, supportive and gentle manner." She is well versed in domestic and international disputes often handling cases with high-value or multiparty aspects.

Tony Willis of BRICK COURT CHAMBERS is an eminent mediator with an excellent reputation in the field. He often handles cases across Europe and the Middle East.

At ENTERPRISE CHAMBERS, the “highly sought after” Jonathan Arkush focuses his practice in property, commercial and probate law. One interviewee says, “He is calm and well prepared, and able to understand the concerns of both parties in order to achieve a solution.”

CEDR CHAMBERS’ founder Karl Mackie CBE is an elder statesman in the UK mediation space with over 25 years of experience handling both domestic and international mediations.

Heather Allen of ALLENSMEDIATE is a very practical and personable mediator with a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes across a wide range of sectors.

Colin Manning of LITTLETON CHAMBERS is a leading mediator with over 40 years of experience practicing at the bar with a wide commercial practice. Peers regard him as “an experienced and efficient mediator”.

ST PHILIPS STONE CHAMBERS’ Jonathan Lux draws praise for his mixed mediation practice that sees him handle international trade and shipping disputes, as well as general commercial mandates. According to one respondent,Jonathan is personable and approachable, easy to work with and always efficient in his dealings with clients.”

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