In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
|THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO OF COMMERCIAL MEDIATION 2011|
|Most highly regarded individuals|
|Tony Willis||Brick Court Chambers, London |
|William Wood QC||Brick Court Chambers, London |
|Eric Green||Resolutions LLC, Boston |
|Karl Mackie||CEDR Solve Direct Mediators, London |
|Jonathan Marks||Marks ADR LLC, Bethesda |
|Colin Wall||Commercial Mediation & Arbitration Services Ltd, Hong Kong |
|Michel Kallipetis QC||Independent Mediators, London |
|Beverly-Ann Rogers||Serle Court, London |
|David Bristow QC||Team Resolution, Toronto |
|Jeremy Lack||Jeremy Lack Esq, Geneva |
Independent Mediators is Europe’s only dedicated chambers of independent commercial mediators. One of the six names to feature is the “outstanding” Michel Kallipetis QC who regularly mediates nationally and internationally on a broad rage of civil and commercial disputes. The former head of Littleton Chambers has been described as: “Incredibly hard working, he makes every effort to reach a workable solution for all parties.” The highly regarded Phillip Howell-Richardson has over 20 years’ experience as a mediator. Referred to as “one of the best”, his expertise spans a variety of disputes including commercial contracts and insurance disputes. With over ten years’ experience in mediating commercial cases, Charles Dodson has been praised for his “dedication to all matters he is involved in.” A former partner at Hogan Lovells, he has been credited for being “particularly good when it comes to City-based matters.” The “excellent” Nicholas Pryor is one of the founders of Independent Mediators and Mark Lomas QC has been singled out for his “in-depth knowledge of the insurance sector.” Bill Marsh is “exceptional” and his experience includes acting as a mediation adviser to numerous governments.
A trio of names feature from Brick Court Chambers, including the “truly excellent” Tony Willis. Renowned for his “ability to handle the most complex of matters”, he has been described as “one of the forefathers of UK mediation.” In particular he has been credited for “giving parties the confidence that he has a plan and knows how to organise the process to achieve the result.” Stephen Ruttle QC receives praise with peers commentating that they “couldn’t rate him more highly.” Described as a “superb mediator” he is especially known for being involved in high-value mediations. Rounding up the names at Brick Court is William Wood QC. Conducting around 80 mediations a year, his practice covers a cross section of areas including competition and financial services disputes.
At CEDR Solve three mediators are recognised for their expertise. Tony Allen has been praised for his work and in particular his knowledge of personal injury matters. CEDR’s chief executive since the organisation was founded in 1990, Karl Mackie, has mediated and facilitated cases across a host of sectors with experience of parties from over 20 different countries. The highly respected Heather Allen also features. A mediator since 1995, she been involved in matters regarding professionals and their regulatory bodies and disputes between shareholders.
The “exceptional” David Richbell has been noted for his “in-depth knowledge of the construction industry” as has the “excellent” David Cornes, who has “first-class technical knowledge.” With experience that includes mediating hundreds of the disputes covering a multitude of areas, “leading light” Beverly-Ann Rogers at Serle Court has also impressed.
In Germany Renate Dendorfer at Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH was singled out for her expertise in commercial mediation. At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Christian Duve has been recognised for the breadth of his practice, ranging from large family estates to shareholder disputes. Founding partner of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Studio Legale in Italy, Giovanni De Berti is a highly regarded name. Also in Italy, Giuseppe De Palo at JAMS has also been recognised for his work in this sector. Standing out in our research for the Netherlands, John Bosnak at Van Nieuwenhuizen Partners impressed with his extensive experience in international commercial mediations. The most highly regarded mediator in Switzerland, Jeremy Lack, is recognised as a “leading figure” and is especially noted for his expertise in cross-border matters.
A leading figure, Colin Wall has been referred to as “a pioneer in Hong Kong for his work in mediation.” With an impressive reputation based on his extensive experience, he has particularly impressed for his work in construction related matters. Another name recommended for construction disputes is Teresa Cheng at Des Voeux Chambers. She is “highly respected for taking a fair and reasonable approach to disputes.” At ADR International Limited (Hong Kong), Norris Yang, who is also chairman of the Hong Kong mediation council, is lauded for his expertise.
A full time mediator since 1996, Alan Limbury of Strategic Resolution stood out in our research as “a highly accomplished mediator.” Also recommended with a much respected practice, Ian Hanger QC was praised for his dedication and commitment to the matters he works on: “Ian goes that extra mile to secure a settlement.” A leading name and often referred to as “Australia’s leading figure in this field”, Sir Laurence Street QC has been recognised for promoting mediation in Australia. With over 1,500 successful mediations and conciliations in commercial disputes to his name, he is highly respected.
Eric Green of Resolutions LLC is the leading US-based mediator in our research. He has successfully mediated many high stakes cases, including the United States v. Microsoft antitrust case and the MasterCard/Visa merchants’ class action antitrust case. Recognised as a leader in the field, his ability to get to the heart of the issue has impressed: “He is intellectually brilliant and gets to grips with the key issues that will settle a dispute but manages to do so with great charm that captures the confidence of the parties.” Jonathan Marks of Marks ADR LLC was also highlighted as a stand-out name for his work in dispute resolution.
With the highest number of listings by organisation, JAMS boasts eight listings in the US. In Washington, DC, Michael Lewis has been described as “one of the best”, while in California John Bates, a full time mediator since 1991, has mediated several thousand matters in 30 states. In Georgia Terrence Lee Croft has experience in resolving disputes spanning a number of areas including business, contract and construction matters. The New York contingent includes Margaret Shaw, Milton Mollen and Michael Young.
In Canada, David Bristow QC, a member of Team Resolution, was previously counsel to Fraser Milner Casgrain where he headed the construction law group. George Adams QC of Adams ADR Services Ltd is also recommended for his work in construction matters: “Not only were the construction related disputes settled amicably, but George managed to help restore the relationships destroyed by the disputes and the parties continued to deal with each other afterwards.” Two names feature from ADR Chambers, the highly respected Cliff Hendler, as well as Allan Stitt, who is praised for “his very high level of skill and the ability to deliver the mediation product that makes the clients comfortable with the process.”