Karl Mackie CBE is highly respected among peers as one of the foremost mediators internationally. He has experience of working across Europe, the Middle East, the US, the Far East, Australia and South America.
In the past 27 years Karl has built a sophisticated mediation practice which has seen him mediate cases demanding the highest level of skill. He is in the unusual and distinguished position of not only being one of the first and most influential commercial mediators in the UK and Europe, but also being responsible for the training of almost all other leading mediators. During his career he has mediated over 1,000 high-value disputes.
He frequently mediates some of the most intractable and sensitive cases in Europe, ranging from leading complex class actions and multiparty disputes to taking on commercial and regulatory disputes with national and international implications. His recent experience includes international commercial disputes; professional negligence; engineering and energy; technology; the public sector and PFI; healthcare; partnerships; family businesses; finance and banking; insurance; insolvency; joint ventures; property; and the media. Clients in the past year have included oil companies, banks, government departments and international brands.
Karl has served as CEDR’s chief executive (1990–2017) and in 2017 became its founder president. In 2010 he became the only mediator to be awarded an honour (CBE) for services to mediation. He is frequently interviewed on television and radio about disputes in the public domain.
Karl is on several international panels, including the United Nations, the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) in New York, the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). He is co-author, with Eileen Carroll QC (Hon), of International Mediation: Breaking Business Deadlock (third edition).