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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Mark Jackson-Stops

Mark Jackson-Stops has been a full-time mediator since the mid 1990s and founded In Place of Strife in 1995.

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Mark has been a full-time mediator since founding In Place of Strife in 1995. He’s since become recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced mediators, having conducted well over 1,000 mediations. Two decades practising as a Chartered Surveyor from 1973 has lent him an unsurpassable insight into certain specialist areas of expertise including property development, investment and management, as well as tenant negotiations and valuations. However, it is the last twenty years spent mediating commercial disagreements of every kind that have really refined his legal acumen and the calm, confident style that’s so essential to successful dispute resolution.


  • Agriculture
  • Assisted deal making
  • Commercial agency, EU regulations and distribution agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction & property
  • Employment
  • Financial services
  • Franchising
  • Insurance
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Manufacturing
  • Mortgage lending
  • Partnership disputes
  • Planning and local government
  • Pensions & life assurance
  • Pensions & insurance mis-selling
  • Personal injury
  • Probate & inheritance
  • Professional negligence
  • Rights of way, boundaries & adverse possession
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Taxation
  • Trespass and nuisance
  • Undue influence

Career history
1995 – present: Independent commercial mediator and founder of In Place of Strife
1973 – 1995: Chartered Surveyor in private practice

Professional qualifications and affiliations
MA (Oxon)
Founder of In Place of Strife
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)
Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators
Member Emeritus of PIM Senior Mediators
Founding board member of the Civil Mediation Council
CEDR accredited
Alumnus of Harvard Law School’s Program for the Instruction of Lawyers
Panel member of the Court of Appeal mediation scheme