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Got a dispute you want to settle?

I can help you resolve the most difficult disputes quickly, saving you the risks, delays and expense of going to court.

My Services

How I can help you

Mediation Settlement Meetings

I work with you to help you find a solution to your dispute.

I listen to how you have been affected by the conflict and your ideas about how to solve it. I meet with your opponent and together we explore ways to resolve matters without the stress, expense and risks of going to court.

Chaired Family Meetings

In a dispute about a contested will, a trust fund or how to manage a relatives estate?

Let me manage the discussions you need to have to find sensible solutions that you can all agree to, even when that seems impossible. No judges, no lawyers, just the people affected by the dispute.

CPD Training on Mediation

I can deliver in-house and bespoke training for solicitors and barristers who represent clients at mediation.

Learn how to prepare effectively and get the best results on the day for your clients.

What my clients say

We would also like to convey our thanks and appreciation for your expert guidance in reaching a resolution. This is a great burden off our shoulders and one that will allow us to continue focussing on the future welfare of our company.

Bharat Panchal

Director, Mercia Facilities Management Ltd

Phil mediated in a case of mine in which my client was in dispute with his former partners in relation to his outgoing entitlement. Employing a calm, measured and realistic approach – which spread to the parties – Phil managed to bridge what appeared to be a wide divide and helped the parties to a settlement. I think that he also helped the parties restore their previous relationship, at least to some extent.

Charles Maher

Solicitor, Chenery Maher Solicitors

An outstanding mediator dealing with an intractable problem. Patient, relaxed but determined to ensure a level playing field between the warring neighbours. First class. You may struggle to find a better mediator in a really difficult case.

Julian Shaw

Barrister, St John's Buildings Chambers

This was a difficult mediation with no co-operation from the other side. The mediator was fundamental in turning this round enabling us to reach settlement by the end of the day.

Fiona Henderson

R J Kiln & Co Ltd

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From the blog

What to tell clients about will disputes mediation

Parties in contentious probate disputes have clear obligations to consider the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. The practice direction on pre-action conduct states at paragraph 8: Starting proceedings should usually be a step of last resort, and proceedings should not normally be started when a settlement is still actively being explored.…Continue Reading

Police penalised for not mediating

The latest in a lengthening list of cases where parties have suffered a costs penalty for failing to mediate saw the Metropolitan Police lose one third of their costs in a claim which they successfully defended at court. In Laporte and Christian v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis 2015 the claimant lost a…Continue Reading

How to make a compelling offer of mediation

Just a few years ago many people thought making an offer to mediate a contested probate dispute was a sign of weakness, that you did not have confidence to go to trial. With the recent cases on costs sanctions for failing to engage in mediation such as PGF II SA v OMFS Company 2013 and…Continue Reading

Which contested probate claims are suitable for mediation?

Welcome to the first in a series of posts guiding people involved in contested wills and probate disputes through the mediation process to help you decide if mediation can help you or your client in any particular case. For those unfamiliar with mediation it is a process where a trained independent mediator helps you and…Continue Reading

When is the right time to mediate?

I once mediated a case just one day before the matter was listed for trial. That’s as late in the proceedings as I have ever mediated (although you can get later, some mediations take place between final hearing and appeal). On the other hand I have mediated plenty of cases before proceedings have been issued.…Continue Reading