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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Chris Fitton

Chris Fitton has a reputation as a well-prepared mediator with a pragmatic approach that produces quick progress on the day. He was a commercial litigation partner with Pinsent Masons for over 15 years, and a barrister before that.

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Profile Summary


Chris is one of the top 50 commercial mediators in the UK today - as ranked by Legal 500 (2014) and Chambers & Partners (2015). He was for 20 years a busy commercial disputes partner with national / international firms. He now mediates full time, mostly with large corporates, insurance companies, banks and pension providers.

 Chris was, until 2014, still active in private practice as a solicitor, where he had day-to-day dealings with mediators from the perspective of a client. This makes him very aware of what solicitors and their clients want from the mediator, and actively responds to that.


  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Partnership disputes
  • Pensions & life assurance
  • Probate & inheritance
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes

 Career history

2014 - Independent commercial mediator
2009 - 2014: BLM; partner
1994 - 2009: Pinsent Masons; partner
1992 - 1994: Reynolds Porter Chamberlain; in-house barrister
1991 - 1991: Hogan Lovells; in-house barrister

Professional qualifications and affiliations

Association of Midlands Mediators – Chair since 2012

1997 ADR accredited mediator

1996 Solicitor Advocate

1995 Solicitor

1991 Barrister