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Stop Press: The UK Legal 500 is just out and has a section devoted to mediators.
Hot on the heels of my post about UK’s mediation aristocracy comes the Coronation!

The Legal 500 ranks London mediators into 3 bands.

And of interest to the up and comers is a comment ‘Demand continues to rise, and as some of mediation’s pioneers like Henry Brown and to a lesser extent Presiley Baxendale QC have retired, and others still (like David Shapiro) have scaled down their practices, the opportunity to spread work a little wider than an established few, appears, at last, to be a realistic prospect’.

Those in the top band are;

JANE ANDREWARTHA
DAVID CORNES
PHILLIP HOWELL-RICHARDSON
MICHEL KALLIPETIS QC
BILL MARSH
PHILIP NAUGHTON QC
NICHOLAS PRYOR
STEPHEN RUTTLE QC
DAVID SHAPIRO
TONY WILLIS
BILL WOOD QC

Here for bands 2 & 3

Names I recognise include;

Tony Willis of Brick Court Chambers ‘continues to set the benchmark against which commercial mediators measure their practices, and few measure up. For big disputes and sophisticated clients, he is an obvious first choice. He brings integrity and intellectual rigour to each mediation, coupled with the kudos and client care focus of a former Clifford Chance managing partner. Nevertheless, his style is ‘ light’, ‘ self-deprecating’ and ‘ fastidious’’

Mark Jackson-Stops of In Place of Strife ‘is a polished performer, and a highly experienced mediator who stands out in the field for his ‘ impressive commercial mindset’. Clients find him ‘ able’, ‘ adept’ and possessed of a self-effacing streak which enables him to push hard without provoking resistance’

David Richbell ‘is the undisputed doyen of mediation training. Highly experienced, clients describe him as ‘ relaxed but focused’: a ‘talented all-rounder who can deal with any subject’. Other mediators are in awe of his skills; he is the archetypal facilitator who ‘ brings to the mediation process his considerable negotiation experience gained over many years acting as a surveyor’

Hat tip: In Place of Strife

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Geoff Sharp

Geoff Sharp is a Commercial Mediator from Wellington, New Zealand. Geoff works in the Asia Pacific region, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Islands. He is a mediator resolving business problems. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and mediates complex and hotly debated litigation covering… MORE >

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