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Mediation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stephen Ruttle QC receives widespread plaudits from peers who "would highly recommend him as a truly first-class mediator".


Stephen has been in practice at Brick Court Chambers since 1978. For the past 17 years he has worked full-time as a commercial mediator. He has mediated over 1,400 business, legal and governmental disputes of every legal type including many of the largest and most sensitive in the UK and across the world. He practises mainly in London but mediates regularly in other parts of the UK and in many jurisdictions abroad.

Stephen has consistently featured in The Legal 500 and Chambers as a top-ranked commercial mediator. For three years he was listed as one of the top 10 commercial mediators in the world by WWL, which in 2018 also listed him as one of seven UK, and one of 15 worldwide, “Thought Leaders” in mediation. He was recently appointed to The Legal 500's “hall of fame” as a mediator of the highest excellence.

Stephen is chair of the trustees of Wandsworth Mediation Service, a registered charity that he set up in 2004 to provide community mediation services in Wandsworth, train local people as mediators and develop initiatives to promote peace in the community. He is working on a pilot project to develop a national community peace service comprising a network of local peace centres.

In the past eight years Stephen has mediated and facilitated an increasing number of disputes within the church and between faith groups. He was on the planning committee for the 2013 Faith in Conflict conference at Coventry Cathedral. He works closely with the Archbishop of Canterbury's reconciliation team in promoting reconciliation and peace building initiatives both in the UK and abroad.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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