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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Stuart Chapman

Stuart was a litigation lawyer for 17 years, the last ten as a partner in a large international law firm. He left legal practice in 2008 to begin practising as a full-time mediator. Stuart trained with CEDR in 2004 and joined their panel in 2011.

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Stuart Chapman was a litigation lawyer for 17 years, the last 10 as a partner in a large international law firm. He qualified as a solicitor at a 'Magic Circle' firm in 1991, and was based in Leeds from 1994 until he left legal practice in 2008 to begin practising as a full-time mediator.

Stuart trained as a mediator in the UK with CEDR, by whom he is accredited, and was appointed to the CEDR panel in 2011. Since 2010/11 he has consistently been recommended as a leader in the field of mediation by the two leading directories.


  • Agriculture
  • Breach of contract
  • commercial agency, EU regulations and distribution
  • commercial contracts
  • construction and property
  • corporate recovery
  • cross-border and international
  • education
  • employment
  • energy, oil and gas
  • engineering
  • environment
  • financial services
  • fraud, deceit and conversion
  • intellectual property, trademark, patents and copyright
  • insolvency
  • insurance
  • partnership disputes
  • pensions and life assurance
  • pensions and insurance mis-selling
  • personal injury
  • planning and local government
  • professional negligence
  • public sector
  • rights of way, boundaries and adverse possession
  • shareholder disputes
  • trespass and nuisance
  • trusts, wills probate and inheritance
  • further details can be found at 

Career history

2008 – present: Independent commercial mediator

1998 – 2008: Partner at Pinsent Masons

1994 – 1998: Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Linklaters

Professional qualifications and affiliations

CEDR accredited 2004

Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP

1988 - 1989 Law Society Finals

1985 - 1988 BA (Hons) Law, University of Nottingham

Recent Feedback

“I have had the opportunity to experience, first hand, a significant number of the most highly regarded mediators in this country in operation. Stuart Chapman is, in my view, up there with the best of them. He has the key skills required. He is able to bring his substantial legal experience to bear in quickly understanding complex issues. He also has the necessary "people skills". He develops trust with the parties and is patiently persistent in assisting them towards a consensual resolution. I have no hesitation in recommending Stuart as a mediator." 

Partner, Regional law firm 

“I’ve seen a number of mediators now in the last few years, and I thought his manner was very, very good. I’ve seen one or two mediators who get involved a bit too aggressively, he doesn’t, even though he’s a lawyer and you know he knows the law, he guides more than gets involved, which I think is absolutely essential as a mediator.

He has got a very, very calm and reflective manner. You know where he’s going with what he says, and he certainly seems to get the respect of the other lawyers and barristers and clients in the room. He certainly did on our side that day.

I have to say I went up to him at the end of that one and I told him I thought he’d done a fantastic job on that particular day.”

Partner, Forensic Accounting, UK accounting firm

“His management of the dynamics within each of the parties and ability to tease out the objectives and requirements of each was at the heart of the creation of the environment in which the compromise was achieved. I have actively participated in dozens of mediations, with a wide variety of qualification of mediator, and I can honestly say that this was the best yet in terms of the process as well as the outcome.” 

Partner, Regional law firm 

“Very satisfactory. Very pleasant. Hard working. Didn’t over impose himself on the parties, but worked hard to bring the parties together when I think he could see that that work was potentially going to bear fruit. He didn’t give up on it even though at times maybe a lesser person might have been tempted to do so.

I think the best thing I can say is that I didn’t know him before this mediation, hadn’t heard of him, and he was nominated by the other side. Having now seen him in action, I’ve mentioned him to other people and I would put him on my short list of people to suggest.” 

Partner, International law firm