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Mediation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jane Player is distinguished as an “absolutely excellent” mediator, executing mediations surrounding in the corporate and contractual disputes with aplomb.


Jane is a well-known commercial mediator, based in the UK. Practising as a mediator for over 20 years as an independent she also mediates for institutions such as IPOS Mediation, CEDR, ICC, WIPO and SIMC. Jane has also recently been asked to join panels in Japan, Indonesia and India. A commercial and pragmatic mediator, Jane’s practice ranges from technology and media sectors to general commercial cases involving joint ventures, consortia and project disputes. Consistently ranked in all the legal directories, Jane was the winner of the Corporate Livewire 2015 Legal Award for Commercial Mediator of the Year – UK. Jane also won the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award 2012 in the litigation category for the UK. She has also ranked in the “Top 50 Mediators” in the UK.

Jane is particularly recommended for mediations where there are strong personalities and where there may be some cynicism towards resolution through mediation. She has an “engaging style” and is “clearly committed”. Users praised her for her “proactive approach” and “people skills”.

Comments include: “Jane gets stuck in and is easy to work with. She was a lawyer for many years so understands the litigation risks at play but she uses the right mix of intellectual ability and commercial awareness to help parties and their lawyers get a deal done.” She is further described as “robust but in a gently persuasive way” and “full of energy trying every angle to find a solution”. Referees also state “despite being a lawyer, Jane was good at steering clear of the law and ensuring that the clients’ commercial interests were best served on the day” and “Jane works well with lawyers present to play an independent but engaged role in assisting their clients to reach agreement”.

Jane is still a firm advocate of “in life” mediation and has seen an increase in her appointments especially in an economically challenging time for business. The use of mediation techniques earlier in business relationships to help parties maintain their commitment to the deal as opposed to focusing on legal rights and obligations once things go wrong, continues to prove very successful. This supports business organisations’ desire to behave responsibly and form long-term strategic relationships.
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