I’ve been helping resolve legal claims for more than twenty years. For the last six years I have been doing this as a commercial mediator in a wide range of civil disputes. I enjoy mediating commercial claims and helping clients – parties and their lawyers – resolve disputes.
Here’s how I typically serve my clients:
Selecting cases and preparing for mediation
I help lawyers identify which claims will be suitable for mediation by offering free telephone assessments. I provide information and plain English guidance on the process for their clients to help them make an informed decision. I make admin and preparation as simple as possible to avoid unnecessary work for lawyers and expense for clients. I do this by providing preparation notes and pro forma documents and by using on-line technology for booking dates.
Settling difficult claims
I help clients settle difficult claims where negotiations have so far failed. I do this at mediation settlement meetings or by telephone mediation. I create an environment where parties feel comfortable communicating and their representatives confident negotiating. My trusted neutral role enables me to remove obstacles to progress and helps the parties gain a clearer understanding of the strengths, weakness and opportunities of the claim. I help them generate and evaluate settlement possibilities and work towards finding a solution that meets each party’s needs. In short – safe assisted negotiation.
CPD Training for Lawyers
Not all lawyers were trained in mediation and negotiation techniques. I deliver practical, be-spoke, in-house CPD courses for solicitors and barristers to prepare them for representing clients effectively at mediation.
More About Me
I graduated in law at Leicester University in 1988 and did my Solicitors’ Final Examination at the College of Law, Chester in 1989. I practised mainly as a personal injury solicitor with Thompsons and Russell Jones & Walker in Liverpool and Manchester before moving nearer to the Lake District in 2003 and becoming a full time mediator in 2008.
I receive instructions to mediate from the following organisations:
- Trust Mediation
- LawWorks (volunteer mediator panel)
- Effective Dispute Solutions Ltd
- Mediation Cumbria
- Association of Northern Mediators
I’d be happy to talk to you about how we can work together to resolve some of those difficult cases. Please call me on 0845 056 3625 or use the form to the right and let me know a good time to call you.