UK Bar: Mediation 2019

In this chapter we identify 14 silks and 12 juniors who have been selected for their outstanding work in commercial and financial mediation across a broad range of sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. William Wood QC  Brick Court Chambers
2. Rosemary Jackson QC  Keating Chambers
3. Michel Kallipetis QC  Independent Mediators
4. Mark Lomas QC  Independent Mediators
1. Tony Willis  Brick Court Chambers
2. Beverly-Ann Rogers  Serle Court


Brick Court Chambers sees two of its silks listed for their outstanding work in mediation this year.
William Wood QC is one of the leading lights in mediation. He is recognised by peers as “an excellent and very bright mediator” who is “highly intelligent in the work that he does”. 
Stephen Ruttle QC is “a hugely well-known mediator who is brilliant at finding ways to unlock negotiations, and who has a high success rate”, say peers. They note, “His particular strengths are his charm and intelligence which he uses to great effect.”

Keating Chambers performs well this year with three listings for its silks. 
Rosemary Jackson QC is praised for her “diligence, intellect and charm” as well as “her ability to get to the nub of the issues and find ways to explore each party’s case”. She is recognised for her specialism in construction disputes.
Robert Gaitskell QC is “excellent in the construction and engineering sector” say sources who note that “his thoughtfulness and open character generate trust” in the parties.
John Marrin QC is “a well-recognised name” in mediation where he stands out for his impressive work on complex commercial disputes. 

At Independent Mediators, Michel Kallipetis QC is “undoubtedly one of the best-known and busiest mediators in the market”. Sources note, “He has not only a strong grasp of the legal issues but also very good intuition about the personalities involved and how best to reach a resolution.”
Mark Lomas QC comes “highly recommended as an outstanding mediator” by respondents in this year’s research, one of whom says, “He is my prime choice of mediator for complex indemnity claims.”

Lawrence Kershen QC at In Place of Strife is “a top practitioner with immense skills, experience and a delightful manner” according to peers who “would recommend him without reservation”. He has over 20 years of experience in a broad range of disputes, from construction to IP matters.

David Owen QC with 20 Essex Street Chambers is “an outstanding individual” in the market with “an excellent reputation” as a mediator in international commercial disputes.

Charles Flint QC of Blackstone Chambers is “a brilliant mediator who is highly regarded in the market” for his work on complex banking and financial services disputes.

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC at 39 Essex Chambers is praised as “a great mediator with considerable experience and a calm authority”. He has over 45 years of experience in dispute resolution spanning financial, commercial, construction and negligence disputes.

John Sturrock QC with Core Solutions Group is a leading mediator in Scotland, who is singled out by peers for his “very sharp intellect”. Clients say he is “the best mediator for employment and personal injury cases”.


Tony Willis at Brick Court Chambers is “a pioneer and leading light in the mediation field”. His practice spans international disputes regarding tax, professional negligence, M&A disputes and family trust matters.

Beverly-Ann Rogers with Serle Court is “a standout name” in the market, who is “calm and very good with the parties” in complex commercial mediation proceedings.  

Elizabeth Birch of 3 Verulam Buildings is “an excellent mediator” who gains recognition for her expert handling of sophisticated cross-border commercial disputes.

Heather Allen at is “an excellent mediator in the market” who is particularly experienced in clinical claims, as well as inheritance and employment disputes.

Colin Manning with 4-5 Gray’s Inn receives recognition from widespread sources who commend his “very effective style and well-prepared approach to matters”.

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