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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith is a barrister who has practised mainly in the areas of town planning, environmental, local government, parliamentary and property.

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Over the course of a career spanning 35 years, John has become recognised as a authority on general civil litigation, with particular expertise in town planning, environmental, local government, parliamentary and property areas of the law. His long career as a barrister has lent him a comprehensive understanding of litigation and therefore the benefits of mediation, an alternative he actively champions. As a mediator, he inspires in disputants not just confidence in his own abilities but in the mediation process itself.

•    Agriculture
•    Aviation
•    Breach of contract
•    Construction & property
•    Energy, oil and gas
•    Engineering
•    Environment
•    Human rights
•    Landlord & tenant
•    Mining
•    Motorsport
•    Personal injury
•    Planning & local government
•    Professional negligence
•    Public sector
•    Religious disputes
•    Rights of way, boundaries & adverse possession
•    Statutory authorities
•    Transport and infrastructure planning
•    Transport and logistics
•    Trespass & nuisance
•    Water industry

Career history
2005 – present: Independent commercial mediator
1977 – present: Practising barrister (currently a member of Thirty-Nine Essex Street, Chambers: London, Manchester & Singapore)

Professional qualifications and affiliations
CEDR accredited
MATA Advanced Mediator Training accredited
Founding member of the RICS Planning Mediation Working Group
PEBA representative for the Bar Council’s ADR Committee
CMC representative on the NPF’s Planning Mediation Project Board
Member of the DCLG/HCA specialist mediator panel
Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert