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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Elizabeth Birch

Elizabeth has been mediating commercial & international disputes since 1995. Called to the Bar 1978, practising since 2003 solely as mediator and arbitrator. Experienced mediator with particular emphasis on maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance

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Elizabeth was called to the Bar in 1978 where she fostered a reputation in a wide range of commercial and international areas of the law including maritime law, insurance and reinsurance. She became a mediator in 1995, giving up advocacy in 2003 and has since been wholly dedicated to mediation and sitting as arbitrator. According to one beneficiary of her considerable skills ‘her gentle persona hides a solid steel intellect’, which may explain how she so effectively helps sophisticated clients to avoid litigation who are involved in high-value, highly-technical and complex disputes, often in cross border litigation or arbitration.


Construction & property
Cross-border & international
Distribution, agency & licensing
International trade & shipping
Energy, oil and gas
Financial services
Information technology (IT)
Partnership disputes
Professional negligence
Shareholder disputes
Sale of goods and services
Statutory authorities
Transport and logistics

Career history

2003 – present:  Professional commercial / international mediator and arbitrator
2012: IMI Certification for cross-border disputes
2005: Advanced Mediator training (MATA) 2005 (Senior Mediator)  
1998: Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (Distinction) - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Arbitrator (CIA)
1995: CEDR accredited Mediator; Academy of Experts accredited Mediator (QDR) 
1997 – 2003: Barrister, 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London
1993: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
1980 – 1997: Barrister, 20 Essex Street (formerly 3 Essex Court), Temple, London

Professional qualifications and affiliations
CEDR and Academy of Experts accredited (1995); Senior Mediator (MATA) 2005
Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators
Member of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce)
Member of LCIA (London Chamber of International Arbitration)
Member of CPR (New York) - Panel for Distinguished International Arbitrators and Mediators
Member of ICDR/AAA (Main International Panel and Oil & Gas Panel)
Member of The Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC)
Member of The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)  
Full Member of LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators Association)