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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Charles Middleton-Smith

Charles had over 25 years' experience as a commercial litigation partner with City of London law firms, most recently with Squire Sanders (UK) LLP. Since 2007 he has mediated independently.

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As a specialist mediator working in a wide variety of commercial and legal contexts where the sums involved can range up to £100 million, Charles’ calm, authoritative and realistic approach is invaluable. Equally vital to his success as a mediator, however, is his sense of humour and optimism that has weathered more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigation partner prior to becoming a full-time mediator in 2007. 


  • Advertising & marketing
  • Assisted deal-making
  • Breach of contract
  • Commercial agency, EU regulations & distribution agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Competition law
  • Cross-border & international
  • Defamation
  • Distribution, agency & licensing
  • Employment
  • Energy, oil and gas
  • Engineering
  • Financial services
  • Fraud, deceit & conversion
  • Intellectual property, trademark, patents & copyright
  • Manufacturing
  • Media, entertainment & the arts
  • Motorsport
  • Music
  • Outsourcing
  • Partnership disputes
  • Pensions & insurance mis-selling
  • Professional negligence
  • Publishing
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Sport
  • Sale of goods
  • Trusts, wills, probate and inheritance

Career history
2007 – present: Independent commercial mediator
1991 – 2007: Squire Sanders (UK) LLP; partner
1978 – 1991: Solicitor and Partner in central London

Professional qualifications and affiliations
Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators
Certified by the International Mediation Institute
Member of the Civil Mediation Council
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Mediation)
As part of Squire Sanders, formerly Hammonds, three-time winner of the CEDR Award for Excellence in ADR