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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Andrew Hildebrand

Andrew is one of the few mediators who have extensive commercial experience, both as a solicitor and working in industry, brokering deals, managing relationships and settling disputes.

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Ranked as a leading mediator in the Legal 500, Andrew is highly effective. As well as being a partner in private practice, he has managed his own businesses and knows mediation inside out: As an experienced mediator but also as a party and as a professional adviser. He is attuned to what solicitors and clients want from a mediator and can be relied on to be relentlessly proactive, tenacious and commercially focused. He combines this ability with an affable nature that allows him to deal with difficult personalities and the confidence to know when to be robust and challenging and when to defuse the dynamics in a room.


Andrew’s attributes


Andrew’s business experience is extensive and wide-ranging. This comes from 25 years as a top-ranked in-house General Counsel running legal and commercial divisions, brokering deals and settling disputes, including as financier, contractor, supplier, licensor and distributor. This variety of perspectives helps him understand what different parties are likely to need (or be able to offer) when it comes to settling a dispute and know how to keep the momentum going and guide parties safely through to settlement.


Andrew has particular expertise of working with creative and rights based businesses and is familiar with their business practices and personalities, both here and abroad. He also specialises in mediating commercial disputes where there has been a breakdown in working relationships, especially those involving family businesses, partnerships and shareholders.




Andrew mediates a wide range of civil, commercial and insurance cases, including:


·        Advertising & marketing

·        Assisted deal-making

·        Breach of contract

·        Commercial contracts

·        Distribution & Agency

·        Employment & Workplace

·        Financial Services

·        Franchising

·        Intellectual property, trademark, patents & copyright

·        Insurance

·        Licensing

·        Media, entertainment & the creative sector

·        Professional Negligence

·        Shareholder and Partnership disputes

·        Sport

·        Trusts, wills, probate and inheritance


Career history


2015: Cofiloisirs Bank; Senior Vice-President, UK
2014 to date: Gunner Cooke; Partner
2003 – 2012: Qwerty Films & Momentum Films; Head of Commercial & Business Affairs
1993 – 2003: Channel 4 & Film 4; Director of Business Affairs
1985 – 1993: Mishcon de Reya; Partner

Professional qualifications and affiliations


Solicitor since 1985; Accredited mediator since 2006; accredited family mediator; IFTA Arbitrator


Andrew runs Dispute Management training seminars and workshops including for the Law Society, Intellectual Property Office, Institute of Chartered Accountants and MBL. He writes regularly about dispute resolution. Recent publications include chapters in EU Mediation Law and Practice: The United Kingdom: Oxford University Press; Singapore International Arbitration: Law & Practice: Mediating International Disputes, LexisNexis and How to Master Commercial Mediation: The Entertainment and Media Industry, Bloomsbury.