Chris Fitton is now one of the UK’s busiest mediators, popular with solicitors and clients alike for a results-focussed, yet good-humoured approach.
Chris was a commercial and insurance disputes lawyer for 25 years at national and international law firms (Hogan Lovells, RPC, Pinsent Masons) until joining IPOS Mediation as a full-time mediator in 2014. He has successfully mediated over 500 disputes, principally in the following practice areas: financial services & banking; professional negligence; construction & engineering; commercial; insolvency.
Chris’s long and varied private practice career has given him a wide-ranging knowledge of the UK’s law and how it operates in practice. He has a close knowledge of; Lloyd’s/the London insurance market; the FCA regulatory regime (especially regarding IFAs); UK tax law and practice; and the operation of the UK courts, including in Scotland, where Chris has a vibrant practice mediating construction/engineering and public sector disputes. Chris was a barrister at the start of his career, with a chancery-centred caseload including property, trusts and probate, insolvency, and shareholder disputes. Full details of Chris’s experience can be found at www.chrisfitton.com.
For over ten years Chris has consistently featured in the top three bands of the UK legal directories, who have reported his reputation as a "highly thorough" mediator, "extremely talented and reliable” and “keeps things moving at a cracking pace”. He has appeared in the Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for a number of years.
Chris was an early-adopter of remote mediation and is now a keen exponent of the format. He uses a purpose-built studio to ensure high quality, reliable audiovisuals for mediation participants.
Since 2014 Chris has chaired the Association of Midlands Mediators, a not-for-profit membership organisation promoting mediation and mediator skills local to his practice in the UK Midlands. Chris is a fellow of the Civil Mediation Council.