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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

Our Mediators

In Place of Strife is a chambers for highly experienced and distinguished mediators. Over 85% of our cases are settled at or very soon after mediation.

Every member has a unique range of specialist skills underlying their mediation experience; our Case Managers will be able to advise as to the mediator who is best suited to your case.

To find out more about a particular mediator or to find one appropriate to your case, please feel free to search by name or area of expertise. If and when you feel you’d like to know more, please call Joanne Claypole on 0333 01 44 575 who will be happy to put you in touch.

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Elizabeth Birch

Elizabeth has been mediating commercial & international disputes since 1995. Called to the Bar 1978, practising since 2003 solely as mediator and arbitrator. Experienced mediator with particular emphasis on maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance

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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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Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark is a full time mediator with a background as a solicitor in private practice and in-house, and a spell as a successful entrepreneur.

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Peter Crossley

Peter Crossley was accredited in 1998 and has since been mediating alongside his work as Partner in Commercial Litigation in a City law firm.

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David A Evans JP

David Evans now focuses solely on workplace mediation, having a background in HR, industrial relations, the law and management consultancy.

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Anthony Fincham

Anthony was originally articled with Markbys, which has since become part of CMS Cameron McKenna. Since qualifying in 1980 he has specialised in employment law, with a particular bias on the contentious side.

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Chris Fitton

Chris Fitton has a reputation as a well-prepared mediator with a pragmatic approach that produces quick progress on the day. He was a commercial litigation partner with Pinsent Masons for over 15 years, and a barrister before that.

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Charles Flint QC

Charles Flint is a commercial barrister and CEDR-accredited mediator (1999) who mediates commercial disputes, primarily in the banking and financial services field.

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Anthony Glaister MCIArb

Anthony Glaister spent more than twenty five years in private practice before becoming a full-time mediator in 2008. He is a passionate advocate of mediation and all aspects of ADR.

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Andrew Hildebrand

Andrew is one of the few mediators who have extensive commercial experience, both as a solicitor and working in industry, brokering deals, managing relationships and settling disputes.

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Lawrence Kershen QC

Lawrence blends experience of many years mediating, familiarity with litigation, and the practical application of communication skills. His understanding of civil and commercial litigation is second to none.

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Jon Lang

Jon Lang is one of the most experienced mediators in the UK. He became a full-time mediator in May 2005, having spent almost 20 years as a solicitor in private practice, the last six as a partner in the disputes group of White & Case.

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Mark Linnell

Mark Linnell became a CEDR accredited Mediator in 2005. He is a full-time commercial mediator with considerable experience.

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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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Jane Mulcahy QC

Jane Mulcahy is a barrister and mediator whose practice encompasses employment, sport, media and entertainment, public law and human rights.

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Denise O'Connor

Deniseís career over the past 25 years as a lawyer has delivered a wealth of experience in administrative, commercial, construction, insurance, state and semi-state contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Ijeoma Omambala

Ijeoma was called to the Bar in 1989. She specialises in employment law, discrimination law and equal pay and has particular experience of dealing with complex, high profile and high value claims.

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Jane Player

Jane Player's expertise focuses on general corporate and contractual claims, fraud and project disputes to include technology and telecoms. With particular experience of international dispute resolution and cross cultural aspects of joint ventures.

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John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith is a barrister who has practised mainly in the areas of town planning, environmental, local government, parliamentary and property.

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Alistair Pye FCIArb

A highly experienced and busy full-time mediator with an excellent settlement rate, Alistair Pye is recognised by the prestigious Chambers Guide 2016 as a leading mediator, and is ranked in Band 2 in Legal 500 2015.

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David Richbell

Very few mediators in the UK can boast over 20 years' experience. David, however is one of them. Master of Construction and Engineering disputes and exert in high value, high emotion. highly complex, multi party disputes.

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Liz Rivers

Liz Rivers has worked full time in the mediation field since 1997. She specialises in resolving workplace and employment disputes.

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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 Shaw

Stephen Shaw was called to the Bar in 1975 and has over 30 years experience of property and commercial litigation.

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Mark Shaw QC

Mark Shaw is a mediator capable of resolving disputes across a variety of subject matters but with specialist experise in Public Law, regulators, utilities and human rights.

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Michael Silverleaf QC

Michael read physics at Imperial College before switching to the Bar. He was called in 1980. In 1991 he was appointed Junior Counsel to the Treasury in Patent and related matters, a post he held until he took silk in 1996.

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Quentin Smith

Quentin Smith is a former partner in Addleshaw Goddard. He has been in the law since 1985, prior to which he was a manager of social work projects.

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Felicity Steadman

Felicity is a full-time mediator and trainer in conflict management and dispute resolution. Her practice is primarily workplace and employment mediation, mediating both individual and collective disputes.

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Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker has over 15 years experience mediating most types of commercial disputes and his background includes 35 years as a property litigation specialist both in chambers and working with Squire Patton Boggs. He is ADR Group and CEDR accredited.

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