"Amanda is an absolutely first-class mediator"
"She is in high demand and I would definitely recommend her"
“If there is a deal to be done, she will find it.” Building on a successful corporate career and motivated by her frustration with failed contracts and the cost of broken commercial relationships, Amanda started her independent dispute resolution practice in 1991. She is probably the first independent commercial mediator in the UK to practise full-time from the early ’90s and before completing her training and accreditation with CEDR in 1996.
Her practice is a balanced mix of commercial, civil and employment disputes. She has an impressive track record of engaging even the most reluctant parties in successful negotiations. Her style has always included a high degree of preparation with the parties and their advisors which makes the best use of the time available on the day.
Amanda has significant expertise in technology generally and specifically to enhance her proficiency in tailoring the process for the people involved. This approach has proved particularly useful where geography and diaries negatively influence availability. As an early adopter of video conferencing platforms, she has developed a comprehensive international practice that features improved responsiveness, early intervention, and the opportunity to manage very complex disputes without the strictures of a one-day time slot. This capability has been a distinct advantage during the recent pandemic and has allowed parties and their advisors to experience the benefits of fully remote mediations or a tailored hybrid. In short, accelerated dispute resolution.
Widely regarded as a thought leader in the field, Amanda designed and launched the first fully immersive online mediation training and coaching programme for mediators and mediation advisors in 2014. She has trained over 1700 mediators worldwide, focusing on interpersonal skills, commerciality, risk mitigation, and generating informed decision-making.
In 2008, following the publication of her unique research into The Strengths, Skills, Attributes and Behaviours of Excellent and Effective Mediators, she was awarded the first mediation fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and takes every opportunity to promote the need for mediation skills within businesses and organisations as core leadership capabilities.
Amanda has been appointed by the World Bank and the International Chamber of Commerce in high profile disputes and has mediated matters with values ranging from £0 to multi-billion. Based in London she accepts appointments directly and through IPOS Mediation.