In this chapter, WWL recognises the top 30 mediators at the UK Bar. They have been carefully selected for their outstanding expertise in a wide variety of commercial disputes on the international and domestic market.
Most highly regarded
Brick Court Chambers sees two of its silks secure a listing.
William Wood QC is lauded by peers as a mediator who “has been tried and tested many times, and always delivers a top-notch performance”.
Stephen Ruttle QC possesses “a superb intellect, creativity and excellent judgement”, with commentators adding that he is “easily among the best mediators at the Bar”.
Keating Chambers receives two listings this year.
Rosemary Jackson QC earns recognition as “an exceptionally talented silk” for mediation, and has 40 years’ experience across a variety of construction disputes.
Robert Gaitskell QC “controls proceedings very well and effectively builds relationships with the involved parties”, ultimately achieving “excellent results” as a mediator.
Independent mediators sit among the top sets for mediation expertise with two listings this year.
The legendary Michel Kallipetis QC is appreciated by market commentators as “a hugely experienced mediator in the market”, with expertise in a broad array of disputes.
Sources identify Mark Lomas QC as a leading mediator with an enviable track record in disputes across a range of sectors, including insurance and finance.
Lawrence Kershen QC at IPOS Mediation is appreciated by peers and clients as “the most personable mediator you could have”. He has over 20 years’ experience in commercial contract, finance and construction disputes.
Peers recognise Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court as one of the UK’s foremost mediation specialists. Her practice encompasses commercial private client trust and media disputes.
David Owen QC with Twenty Essex is a sterling mediator, with respondents readily endorsing his work on international commercial disputes in the shipping, finance and product liability sectors.
At 2 Temple Gardens, Andrew Miller QC enjoys a reputation as a mediator who “absolutely hits the ground running”. He has 20 years of experience with commercial, insurance and professional negligence issues.
Charles Flint QC at Blackstone Chambers is highly sought after for his skill in high profile and complex disputes in the finance sector.
Peers identify John Sturrock QC at Core Solutions Group as “an outstanding mediator” at the Bar. He is vastly experienced with over 400 domestic and international mediations to his name.
CEDR Chambers receives four listings in total.
Heather Allen is recommended by peers as “a highly established name in the mediation field”. Her practice focuses on contractual disputes, shareholder issues and professional indemnity matters.
There are few mediators more respected than Karl Mackie CBE, who receives considerable endorsements for his skill in public and private sector disputes.
Stephen Bate is known among peers as “a great mediator who is easy to get along with”. He has a first-rate record in high-value commercial disputes across a plethora of sectors.
Nick Pearson possesses over 30 years’ experience with international dispute resolution and excels in cross-border commercial disputes, breach of contract issues and insolvency matters.
Brick Court Chambers performs impressively with two juniors listed.
Tony Willis is a top mediator at the Bar, delivering over 25 years of experience in high-stakes professional negligence, M&A and pensions disputes.
Geoff Sharp has a truly international mediation practice that spans insolvency, insurance, fraud and infrastructure disputes in England, New Zealand and across Asia.
Elizabeth Birch at 3 Verulam Buildings is a go-to mediator among peers and clients thanks to her prolific work on corporate disputes, trade and insurance issues.
Sources recognise Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court as “an exceptionally talented mediator”. She has over 20 years of experience in multiparty and cross-cultural disputes.
Michael Cover with ArbDB Chambers avails himself of “an excellent reputation as a mediator”, bringing his experience of over 250 mediations to his briefs.
Maitland Chambers’ Beverley Vara is singled out by peers as “a gifted mediator”. Her expertise lies in the full range of property disputes, as well as contractual and professional negligence matters.
Colin Manning at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square secures recognition from commentators as a superlative mediator. He focuses on contract, international trade and construction issues, as well as host of other disputes in a variety of sectors.
Rupert Cohen of Landmark Chambers “is extremely good at managing time and keeping matters moving forward at a pace which works for all concerned”. Clients add that they find him highly “efficient, decisive and proactive”.
Jonathan Lux with Lux Mediation “is very courteous and immediately puts the parties at ease” according to impressed sources, one of whom adds, “He is my go-to mediator.” “He is excellent at testing the parties’ cases and ‘reading’ the parties in order to facilitate settlement.”