I am a solutions-focussed, practical and experienced CEDR accredited mediator, taking on mediations in Yorkshire and the North-East.
My former background was as a solicitor specialising in civil and commercial litigation, in particular disputes concerning land, wills and trusts, and agriculture. I am also familiar with a broad range of commercial matters including disputes about contracts, land development, the sale and purchase of businesses, and issues about partners, directors and shareholders.
Like many longstanding litigators I have become increasingly convinced of the futility of the litigation system in many types of dispute. Litigation to trial is expensive, lengthy, and reductive. The issues which the court can consider are not necessarily the ones which are important to the parties, in either the commercial or personal realms. Mediation, in contrast, allows the parties to have their say, to be involved in crafting their own solution, to think outside the box, to apologise if this is called for and, at best, to forge new relationships.
The process of reaching an agreement in mediation can be arduous and involves a degree of compromise, but when it is successful – and most mediations are – allows the parties to reach an end of the dispute on terms which they can live with, rather than looking forward to further expense and, crucially, uncertainty of outcome.
- completely confidential until an agreement is reached
- a flexible process which can involve more or less face-to-face contact between the opposing sides, depending on what the parties want
- a shorter route to a solution compared with litigation
- much cheaper than litigation
There is no such thing as a dispute which is too difficult or complex, or where the parties are too far apart, to be mediated. It is where agreement is difficult that the energy and skills of the mediator can make a difference. Even if agreement is not reached on the day, exchanges of information and views during the mediation are often the catalyst for a settlement shortly afterwards.