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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Stephen Ruttle , QC

Stephen Ruttle was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997. His practice has been predominantly commercial with particular emphasis on shipping, insurance and reinsurance work.

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Stephen has been in practice at Brick Court Chambers since 1978.  For the last 11 years he has worked full time as a Commercial Mediator. By July 2013 he had mediated over 800 business, commercial and Governmental disputes of every legal type including many of the largest and most sensitive in the UK; with sums ranging from a few thousand pounds to hundreds of millions and, in some cases, billions.  He practices mainly in London but mediates regularly in other parts of the British Isles and abroad 


  • Commercial contracts
  • Insurance
  • Shipbuilding
  • Professional negligence
  • Pensions & insurance mis-selling
  • Pensions & life assurance
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Insolvency

Career history

Westminster School  Queen’s Scholar 1966-1971.

Queens’ College Cambridge 1971- 1975.  B.A.Honours Degree in English Literature/Law

1976 – present: Barrister and Queens’ Counsel at Brick Court Chambers

1998   CEDR accredited mediator

2002-  present : in full time practice as commercial mediator (90%) and arbitrator (10%)

Professional qualifications and affiliations

2004    Bencher Gray's Inn 

1998-present   Member of ARIAS US 

2000-2006 Member of the Civil Justice Council ADR Committee 

2000 – 2007 Member of the Bar Council ADR Committee 

2001- 2005 (Vice-Chair 2004 – 2005) Board Member of Mediation UK

2002-present: Founder Director and Chair of Trustees  Wandsworth Mediation Service 

2003-2005. Independent Mediator Board Member of the Civil Mediation Council

2004-present : Member of PIM Senior Mediators

2006-present : Accredited Mediator at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre 

2007- present:  Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators 

2008-present : Lieutenant-Bailiff Guernsey 

2012-present: Member of BIMA (inter-faith mediation charity).

2013 Delivered Roebuck Lecture at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

2013 Planning Committee of Faith in Conflict Conference at Coventry Cathedral.