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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

High praise for In Place of Strife mediators in the 2011 edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

Tuesday, 9th November 2010

Andrew Paton is "enormously skilled". He is "charismatic and able to build rapport with both sides" with "fantastic determination: he doesn't give in when things look bleak and he goes the extra mile." Mark Jackson-Stops is "unceasingly energetic" and is hailed as one of the leading figures in mediation, with market commentators stating he is "one of the few non-lawyers in the top group of mediators." His background as a chartered surveyor gives him a depth of expertise in property-related matters, which is greatly valued by clients. "He's the epitome of a good mediator," say sources; "he prepares very well, establishes great rapport and has a certain gravitas." Lawrence Kershen attracts great praise for the depth and breadth of his mediation expertise. His recognised strengths include professional negligence, IP, finance and boardroom disputes. "He's a very bright guy "absolutely top rung and a natural mediator" say sources. Amanda Bucklow moves up in this year's rankings, having attracted considerable praise from market sources. She has built a strong practice with a particular focus on workplace, transport, partnership and family business disputes. She has especially strong ties to the rail industry. "She's professional, personable, experienced and very highly regarded," say sources. With a strong background in commercial litigation, Anthony Glaister has developed a leading ADR practice. He specialises in property and construction disputes, but also handles contentious engineering and professional negligence matters. He is a real favourite among solicitors, who say: "He's very good at getting people into the mediation mindset. He's not confrontational, he puts people at ease, but if he thinks people are arguing a point without merit he doesn't let things drift and will say so." David Richbell is widely hailed as a leading general commercial mediator, with almost 20 years' experience in the field. Although he does not have a background in the law, his professional background in construction and property gives him a sound footing. Sources say he is "a very well-known figure in mediation circles, who brings parties together and is an excellent choice for high-end, complex mediations." Jon Lang has developed a booming commercial mediation practice centred on general commercial matters, including professional negligence and construction. He also has expertise in IT, IP and technology disputes. "He is very good at getting deals done and is extremely sharp," say market commentators. Sources say that Adrian Llewelyn-Evans is "a robust mediator with a certain presence and gravitas about him." His areas of expertise include banking, professional negligence, construction and shareholder and partnership disputes. His background in high-profile litigation has also helped to attract an increasing amount of work with an international element. Charles Middleton-Smith is an IP expert with a particular focus on media and entertainment. He also has a wider commercial mediation practice and is particularly experienced at handling disputes arising from corporate transactions. Elizabeth Birch is a commercial barrister who has developed a strong mediation practice covering a range of matters, including shipping, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance and IT disputes. Many of her mediations involve a cross-border element. Sources say Birch is "tough as nails and a good operator in the marketplace." Mark Linnell "is calm and measured, and brings a lot of energy to the mediation process." His recent workload has included financial services, contractual, employment and insurance disputes. He is noted for his friendly and robust approach to mediation. Sources agree that Beverly-Ann Rogers is "a star." Her background in chancery law is reflected in her mediation practice, where she regularly handles company disputes. "She's extremely shrewd and in a quiet way exerts considerable authority," say interviewees. Rogers also handles a range of commercial mediations, to which she brings "empathy, compassion and a personal touch." Jane Andrewartha is widely recognised for her insurance and reinsurance expertise, and also handles professional negligence disputes. "She goes the extra mile to understand where people are coming from," according to sources. She recently mediated a complex cross-border construction dispute which was complicated by the fact that the project in question was still ongoing. Interviewees are full of praise for this "tough, insightful and formidable mediator." Stephen Ruttle is perhaps best known for his work on shipping disputes. His other fields of expertise include insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, tax and construction. "He is an outstandingly nice man who is also extremely commercial and able to drive parties towards successful resolutions," say market commentators.Tony Willis has successfully built a leading commercial mediation practice, building on his widely recognised expertise in high-level commercial litigation. In addition to general commercial disputes, he also regularly handles financial services and insurance matters. Sources say he has "a magisterial touch, real gravitas and a quiet sense of authority." With "enormous charm, a light touch and tremendous humanity," Bill Wood is one of the most well-liked and respected mediators on the circuit. He is widely respected as the leading figure in personal injury and clinical negligence disputes and is also regularly called upon to resolve contractual, partnership and professional negligence matters. Solicitors are full of praise for his "commercial approach, innovative problem-solving, strong intellect and disarming sense of humour."

 

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