Philip Hesketh Mediator

Mediator & non-practising Solicitor

I have been helping people resolve disputes for over 30 years, initially as a litigation solicitor and now as a full time mediator. I am a Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council and was awarded Mediation Achiever of the Year 2021.
I am privileged to assist people find solutions to even the most intractable disputes at often difficult times in their lives.
I live on the Fylde coast in Lytham St Annes. I mediate all over the country although most mediations now take place online.
Outside of work I like to walk up the fells of the Lake District with my family. I am an occasional spectator at (4 time reigning Super League champions) St Helens RFC and Blackpool FC.

Contentious wills, probate and trusts disputes

I have mediated a wide range of this type of dispute from low value disputes to multi million pound estates, including:

  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • TOLATA disputes
  • Promissory Estoppel
  • Alleged Fraudulent Wills
  • Will validity claims including duress
  • Estate valuation disputes

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

All of my personal injury and clinical negligence mediation work is managed through Trust Mediation Limited (I am a director of that company). I am happy to discuss any aspect of this work directly with you but will refer any bookings to be managed by them.

Other disputes

Although specialise in the areas of law listed above I have mediated a wide range of other disputes, involving:

  • Property Boundaries
  • Partnerships
  • Commercial contracts
  • Building and construction

I do not mediate divorce and separation matters.

“Phil understood the issues before we even outlined them and this was helpful. Communication was excellent.”

Kelly Stant • Associate Solicitor, Hill Dickinson LLP

“Phil was brilliant with the Claimant, a litigant in person with Autism. I feared communication would be a barrier to resolution but with Phil’s assistance, the parties were able to come together to reach a resolution that I am certain would not have been reached without him.”

Bryony Steele - Associate Solicitor, DAC Beachcroft LLP

“Professional, down to earth, friendly, flexible, client focussed, practical, ‘reads the room well’, excellent grasp of the issues. I have instructed Phil several times before and have found him to be an excellent mediator for all of the reasons described above. Would always want him as first choice going forward.”

Shantala Carr - Partner, Girlings Solicitors

“The mediator was professional, friendly and approachable which made our client at ease. He took on board our position and considered the best approach to achieve the desired result when the parties were some way apart and not achieving a great deal of progress.”

Liz Hickman - Legal Director, Higgs LLP

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