All our mediators are listed in the top tiers of the leading independent directories.

Legal 500 2016

We are very excited and proud to announce that all of our members are listed in tier one of the mediators section in the new edition of Legal 500 released in September 2016.

LEGAL 500 2016

Charles Dodson at Independent Mediators is ‘a sound and pragmatic mediator; he handles tense mediations with professionalism and sensitivity, and is also approachable’. Dodson ‘is not afraid to try different things and also understands the commercial and legal issues at play; this combination of talent and approach makes him very effective’. Dodson recently acted on professional indemnity, corporate takeovers, insurance and reinsurance cases, as well as tort and contract, and international asset tracing disputes.

Phillip Howell-Richardson at Independent Mediators has over 26 years of experience mediating the most complex cases in the UK and internationally. ‘His reputation as a top mediator is well deserved and he is a valuable asset to any team; Phillip also has a brilliant legal mind and quickly grasps the core issues of disputes and key interests of parties’. He is also praised for ‘his genuine interest in the parties and the case’.

Kate Jackson at Independent Mediators has developed a strong reputation in the banking and finance sector; she also acts in general commercial, professional negligence, property and employment cases, and is ‘the ideal mediator for complex disputes, bridging unbridgeable gaps without clients feeling pressured’.

The ‘very effective’ Michel Kallipetis QC at Independent Mediators ‘has sound knowledge of the legal issues at play in disputes, and his willingness to listen and take on board issues and discuss them with parties is one of his real strengths’. He is also ‘particularly suited to complex matters and very good at managing difficult people — a great skill for a mediator to possess’.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones at Independent Mediators is ‘an excellent mediator’ who handles claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees, and professional negligence claims; he is often involved in insolvency disputes and continues to develop expertise in construction and property matters. ‘His style combines a rigorous intellectual approach to testing both sides’ cases with a facilitative, encouraging, charming manner that prevents parties from becoming disillusioned or giving up on negotiations’.

For large and complex mediations, Mark Lomas QC at Independent Mediators is highly recommended by clients; Lomas mediates regularly in all commercial, common law and related fields, but has a standout reputation for professional negligence cases. He is ‘very good at exploring innovative approaches to secure a settlement’.

‘Rightly regarded as being at the top of the tree’, Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators has been involved full-time in mediation since 1991. He is ‘patient and willing to work really hard to discover the strengths and weaknesses in each argument presented by parties’. He is also ‘appreciated for being able to persuade disputants to come up with constructive solutions’. In 2016, Marsh received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s inaugural Hubert Walter Award for outstanding services to reconciliation, which recognises his commitment to conflict resolution at both national and international levels.

Andrew Paton recently joined Independent Mediators from Pinsent Masons LLP. He is ‘a first-class mediator, and undoubtedly one of the best around’. Clients praise Paton for ‘his ability to stay on top of the documents at all times; his great eye for detail; and his understanding of issues from both a legal and commercial perspective’.

Nicholas Pryor at Independent Mediators has to date successfully mediated approximately 1,150 commercial disputes. He is ‘very amiable and empathetic to parties, going above and beyond to build trust with opponents, which enables settlement on the day’. Clients also appreciate Pryor’s ‘laconic but forceful style, which is very effective’.

Chambers Directory 2017

Independent Mediators were once again recognised as the UK’s leading mediation chambers by Chambers and Partners in their latest edition released in November 2016. The following members featured in the highest ranking band; Charles Dodson, Phillip Howell-Richardson, Michel Kallipetis QC, Mark Lomas QC, Bill Marsh, Andrew Paton and Nicholas Pryor. Jonathan Lloyd-Jones and Kate Jackson achieved band 2 status.


“Robust mediator”Charles Dodson is an experienced practitioner whose practice includes appointments on a range of commercial matters including contract, insurance, professional negligence, banking and pension cases. One market source remarks that he is “quite probing and facilitative,” while another singles out his ability to “pick up the facts, see both sides and understand them.”

“Brilliant legal mind ” Phillip Howell-Richardson “offers a strong presence” and brings considerable experience to his mediation practice. He has expertise in high-value commercial, finance and insurance disputes, with one source enthusing that “he’s simply outstanding for complex group actions.” He also has experience in fraud, employment and construction cases, among others.

Kate Jackson is “a skilled and patient mediator” with a considerable practice, whose breadth of experience includes banking and finance, workplace, commercial contract and professional negligence cases. Market sources acknowledge her skill in “proactively maintaining the momentum of the mediation” and her “excellent organisation.”

Michel Kallipetis QC is a widely admired mediator who draws particular praise from fellow legal professionals for his “huge gravitas.” He handles a range of cases from areas as diverse as trusts, employment, professional indemnity and insurance, and he is frequently sought out for mediations “with big numbers involved, big personalities involved and when the mediator needs to hold his own.”

“Good listener” Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is an experienced mediator with an extensive ADR practice. One observer notes: “He’s got an excellent style – his approach is quite forensic and challenging.” His commercial mediation is focused on financial, professional negligence and construction matters. One source applauds him for the “quite inventive techniques he uses to guide the settlement.”

Mark Lomas QC is a highly sought-after mediator who is regularly chosen for complex and high-value disputes. He is acclaimed for his work in professional negligence matters and has substantial experience in commercial contract and insurance disputes. Market sources identify his “forensic style” and “intellectual weight and rigour” as his most impressive qualities.

Bill Marsh is a highly accomplished mediator who “can adapt to any type of dispute” and is regularly appointed to mediate large, complex international cases. His wealth of experience includes appointment as mediator of shareholder, joint venture and contract disputes. A market source reports that he is “very good at managing the parties’ expectations and bringing the parties to realise the benefits of a negotiated outcome.”

Andrew Paton “combines a highly effective approach with a personable manner,” according to sources. He has extensive experience in a number of fields including construction, insurance and commercial contract disputes, with particular expertise in professional negligence claims. He is regularly instructed on complex cases, with one source noting: “He is energetic and inspires confidence in the process.”

“Consummate mediator” Nicholas Pryor “exudes experience,” according to market commentators. He is routinely chosen for complex disputes and has recently been appointed to cases across a number of sectors including banking, IT, property and professional negligence. Another source states: “He is focused on moving parties towards a settlement and away from the past. He brings creativity to solutions.”

Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Mediation 2016

Internationally, our mediators feature in Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Mediation 2016 (in a volume listing 341 practitioners from across 273 firms and 52 jurisdictions).

Independent Mediators is noted as a leading mediation chambers recognised for the excellence of our mediators. All nine of our mediators feature in this directory.

The directory also includes a list of the five most highly regarded individuals in England from the main listing. We are delighted to announce that three of our mediators feature in this list, Kate Jackson, Michel Kallipetis QC and Bill Marsh.


London-based Independent Mediators achieves nine listings this year, including the “outstanding” Michel Kallipetis QC. He is “always well prepared” and possesses “an instinctive understanding of the personalities involved”. Kate Jackson “is always on top of the detail” and, according to clients, “never fails to have commercial resolution at the forefront of her mind”. Known for his “nuanced style”, Bill Marsh is a “highly experienced mediator who demonstrates patience and tact” when dealing with international governments, businesses, organisations and individuals. He is widely recognised for his “aptitude for combining sensitivity with the requisite degree of firmness”.  Phillip Howell-Richardson is a “trusted mediator” who provides clients with a “winning combination of forensic analysis and wider judgement”.

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2017

Internationally, our mediators feature in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2017. This is the seventh edition of this directory and was released at the end of July. It features 381 practitioners from 299 firms across 53 countries who have been selected as the leading lights in the field. We are thrilled to announce that all nine of our mediators are listed.

Independent Mediators is noted as a leading mediation chambers recognised for the excellence of our mediators.

The directory also includes a list of the five most highly regarded individuals in England from the main listing. We are delighted to announce that three of our mediators feature in this list, Kate Jackson, Mark Lomas QC and Bill Marsh.


Kate Jackson is recognised as a leading figure in complex disputes and is a successful commercial and corporate mediator. One client says, “Kate is very pragmatic and immensely user-friendly. She has an ability to establish very good rapport with clients and to build bridges between the parties.”

Mark Lomas QC mediates commercial and insurance disputes and is recognised as a “hardworking” and diligent mediator. One respondent says, “He is very good at technical cases and has more ability than anybody I’ve ever come across to distil the important issues.”

Industry titan Bill Marsh is “outstanding, very capable and highly versatile”. He frequently undertakes international mediations in a vast array of countries involving disputes reaching the billion-pound mark and above in value.

Michel Kallipetis QC mediates partnership, banking, insurance and employment disputes. He is recognised as one of England’s best mediators and “brings real gravitas and works indefatigably to find a solution”.

Phillip Howell-Richardson has a superb international practice and is commended as “relaxed and reassuring; an excellent mediator”.

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Mediation 2017

We are delighted to announce that three of our mediators feature in this list, Kate Jackson, Michel Kallipetis QC and Bill Marsh.


WWL Thought Leaders is a new section launched in 2017. Who’s Who Legal explain this new feature as ‘bringing together for the first time the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost practitioners. They report that these practitioners obtained ‘the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources in their most recent research cycle.’ The individuals invited to participate in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017 comprise just the top 2 per cent of all the lawyers listed across all their guides.


We are delighted with the rankings and are extremely grateful to all our instructing solicitors and clients for their support in helping us to both achieve and maintain them.

All our members are listed as top mediators in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 2016.


20.09.2017 Charles Dodson @UK_Legal500 ‘not afraid to try different things' 'understands commercial & legal issues at play'…