Rachael Bicknell
Rachael Bicknell

Senior Mediator

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Rachael Bicknell

Rachael has quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s top commercial mediators and is recognised as a Leading UK Mediator in the 2023 edition of Legal 500. Since becoming a full-time mediator in January 2020, she has mediated over 60 commercial, civil and workplace disputes totalling over 500 hours of mediation time. She is the founder of Squaring Circles, winner of the UK National Mediation Awards Newcomer of the Year 2020.

Before becoming a full-time mediator, for 12 years Rachael practised as a dispute resolution solicitor at Burness Paull and Addleshaw Goddard, representing negotiating parties in mediations and solicitor to solicitor negotiations of commercial disputes ranging in value from tens of thousands to multimillion pound claims.

Reflecting her former practice as a solicitor, Rachael is routinely instructed in a broad range of commercial disputes. She has a particularly strong reputation in professional negligence, construction, insolvency, partnership, boardroom, family business, rural, property and employment disputes. She handles disputes across the UK involving corporates, insurers, private, public and third sector clients.

Rachael is a registered civil and commercial mediator with the Civil Mediation Council and Scottish Mediation; a fully Certified Mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI); a Member of CIArb; an accredited online mediator; and an alumnus of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the MLC at the Strauss Institute at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. She is also an RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator.

Rachael was elected to the RICS President’s Panel for mediation in October 2022 and the Scottish Land Commission mediation panel in January 2021, and she has taught negotiation skills on the Online LLM at the University of Aberdeen, a UK top-10 law school, since 2020.

Legal 500
“Rachael is well prepared, organised, conciliatory and has excellent communication skills – all traits of a very effective mediator.”

Partner, commercial law firm
“Rachael grasps issues quickly and is excellent at building rapport. She is just what you want in a serious commercial mediator.”

Partner, commercial law firm
“Rachael very quickly grasps complex technical points and shows tenacity in helping the parties to come to a resolution.”

Associate, international law firm
“Rachael is very effective in helping the parties tackle tricky legal issues while never losing track of the commercial realities. She quickly hones in on what really matters to each side.”

Senior Lawyer, City Firm
“Thank you again for yesterday. [The client] is very happy with the result and very glad it is all over. I also very much appreciated your skill and patience. I hope we get the chance to work together in the future.”

Partner, commercial law firm
“Rachael, you were fantastic. Your careful preparation was also much appreciated and did not go unnoticed. I will definitely recommend using you in future.”

Director, commercial law firm
“I have worked with a number of mediators and there are few who can build rapport and get to the heart of the dispute as quickly as Rachael. She has an excellent manner and her approach to preparing the parties ensures the mediation day is as efficient as possible.”

Senior Associate, Scottish law firm
“Rachael is pragmatic, communicates effectively and creates an atmosphere conducive to the parties finding a resolution. She is excellent at building rapport and controlling the process. I rank her highly amongst the other mediators with whom I have experience of working.”

Consultant, City law firm
“Rachael brings a calming presence and is very good in tense situations.”


Rachael’s experience of managing and negotiating a broad range of disputes, from those which have a strong emotional impact, to those where the parties are more commercially driven, enables her to appropriately adapt her mediation style to the needs of the parties, and provide legal or commercial challenge when necessary. Rachael is empathetic, engaging, inquisitive and tenacious. She works hard to put the parties at ease, to help them better understand each other, to see things differently, and to become invested in creatively exploring a way forward.


Batchelor of Law (LLB Hons) from the University of Edinburgh: 2003;
Diploma in Legal Practice (DipLP) from the University of Edinburgh: 2005

Areas Of Practice

  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Bankruptcy
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Professional Fees
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant



Fees and Provisos

Available on request.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • CIArb - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)
  • International Mediation Institute
  • Civil Mediation Council
  • Scottish Mediation

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