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

Legal 500 2019

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 October 2018. This year also saw all nine welcomed into the newly launched, Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Legal 500 say, ‘The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, those who are at the pinnacle of the profession.’

LEGAL 500 2019

‘Genial’ Charles Dodson ‘combines excellent and wide-ranging technical background with a determined ability to instil quietly and confidently an air of practical realism in any mediation; he is also charming and energetic, doesn’t get bogged down in detail and constantly strives to keep things moving in a positive direction’. In 2017, Dodson was particularly busy mediating cases relating to professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, valuers and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers; the balance of Dodson’s mediations were spread between construction, insurance and partnership, but he also mediated disputes in pensions, probate, insolvency, freight handling, franchising, inheritance, engineering, farm tenancy, government contract, software design, distribution and agency agreements, and business sales.

Highly recommended to those thinking about mediation’, Phillip Howell-Richardsoncomes across as very calm and approachable and has a very good bedside manner’. Others report him to be ‘an excellent mediator with a disarming and effective style as well as being always diligent, resourceful and excellent with clients’. Howell-Richardson has over 28 years experience of mediating the most complex cases in the UK and internationally. His workload covers commercial claims, banking and finance, professional negligence and insurance; he has also mediated disputes involving IP and IT, employment, partnerships, property and construction, and probate.

‘Calm, considered and prepared’ Kate Jackson is ‘excellent in pointing out weaknesses without prejudicing her independence; she focuses on the commercial benefits of reaching a settlement and the fact that both parties need to move from their preferred positions in order to bridge gaps’. A full time mediator since 2009, Jackson recently mediated over 50 complex commercial mediations in a one-year period, with her clients ranging from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances. Examples of her expertise include commercial, banking and employment disputes as well as insurance, insolvency, property and IP-related matters.

Michel Kallipetis QC‘s ‘experience is unrivalled; he is a senior statesman in the UK mediation market whose gravitas as well as legal expertise puts parties at ease and naturally diffuses tensions’. Kallipetis’ recent mediation experience involved professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers; he also mediated claims involving construction, oil and gas, insurance, property, commercial, employment, fraud, insolvency, partnerships, personal injury, and probate.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is ‘a very intelligent dispute resolver who is able to grasp complex and detailed information very quickly and takes control of the mediation without being overbearing; he is also a highly charming individual who makes what can often be a fraught experience relatively painless’. Lloyd-Jones has acted in approximately 600 appointments during his mediation career and his practice covers a wide range of commercial topics, including claims for restitution based on fraud; breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees; and professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, independent financial advisers, and insurance brokers. He is also often involved in insolvency, construction and property matters.

Mark Lomas QC is ‘one of the best mediators around; he has gravitas and quickly gets to the heart of what has to be done to resolve a dispute and is dogged in seeking a settlement, often going well beyond his original brief if permitted by the parties to do so’. One of the UK’s busiest commercial mediators, Lomas averages 90 mediations a year; he regularly acts as sole or lead mediator in mediations, covering a wide variety of disputes in areas including commercial contract, professional negligence (against solicitors, accountants, architects, financial advisers and insurance brokers), insurance, banking and financial services, general common law disputes, construction, probate, and trusts.

‘Thoroughly recommended’ Bill Marsh is ‘excellent; he combines a strong intellect with a pragmatic, commercial manner, and deals with difficult and highly sensitive situations with pragmatism, tact and good humour’. Marsh’s mediation practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes (both UK and internationally), including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence claims. Additional areas of expertise include shareholder, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping disputes.

Andrew Patonhas an engaging but firm style and does not take any nonsense; he is always on top of the documents, identifies the key issues, keeps mediations moving at a good pace, never gives up, and will remain involved even if the parties do not settle on the day’. Paton undertook a total of 54 mediations in 2017, with just under half of the mediations relating to professional negligence claims involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers. The balance of his work was evenly spread between construction, insurance, property and commercial matters, but Paton has also mediated unfair prejudice, employment, public law, insolvency and Inheritance Act cases.

Nicholas Pryor really impresses with his ability to cut through difficult situations and get parties talking; he is extremely commercial and parties are made very aware of the financial implications of continuing with claims and the risks involved. He also spends considerable time on the phone to parties in advance of mediations to tee matters up, meaning that parties can really make the most of the mediating day when Nicholas focuses minds on settlement’. Pryor has been appointed in over 1,250 mediations during his mediation career and over half of his practice covers a range of UK-based and international commercial issues, with a further 25 per cent involving insurance and professional negligence matters.

Chambers Directory 2019

Independent Mediators were once again recognised as one of the UK’s leading mediation chambers by Chambers and Partners in their latest edition released in November 2018 with all nine of our mediators featuring in the top bands.


Charles Dodson is highly experienced in a broad range of commercial mediations, including insurance, finance and professional negligence disputes. Clients value that “he brings a lot of gravitas and experience to mediation.”

Phillip Howell-Richardson maintains a broad commercial practice with an excellent track record handling finance, contract and insurance disputes, and is singled out by clients for his understanding of the public sector. One client reports: “In addition to his substantial experience as a mediator he has a brilliant legal mind, and quickly grasps the core issues and key interests of a dispute.”

Kate Jackson is considered to be “extremely good – professional and knowledgeable” by admiring clients. She is a top-class mediator and operates a broad practice covering banking and finance, employment, bankruptcy and insurance.

Michel Kallipetis QC is “a mediator who instantly commands respect,” according to one client, who adds that “with his experience and gravitas, he is very strong in this area.” He is routinely appointed to resolve a wide range of disputes, including employment claims and medical negligence cases, and is experienced in international matters.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones has a formidable reputation for his ability to handle an array of mediations, including those involving professional negligence, insurance and construction matters. He elicits praise from clients for “approaching things with the right balance of intellectual analysis and commercial reality,” as well as for being “happy to challenge all parties in a firm but fair way.”

Mark Lomas QC is considered by clients to be “very good on both legal analysis and at gaining the confidence and trust of parties,” and “a master of the art of getting the deal done.” He mediates high-value disputes in a range of areas including construction, employment, finance and professional negligence.

Bill Marsh is an experienced and highly regarded mediator who “knows how to bring parties together, and when to push and when not to push,” according to clients. His exceptional international practice covers a diverse range of sectors in disputes occurring across Europe, North America and Asia.

Andrew Paton has built a reputation among clients as “one of the best mediators around” due to his ability “to focus on the key issues and help parties see the wood for the trees.” He offers exceptional expertise in professional negligence claims concerning solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers, and is also appointed in various insurance, construction and insolvency matters.

Nicholas Pryor is viewed as a “very well prepared, relaxed and calm” mediator who exhibits “an extremely friendly and gentlemanly style.” He handles a diverse range of domestic and international mediations, including those involving banking, employment, medical negligence and partnership disputes.

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018

Internationally, our mediators feature in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018. This is the eighth edition of this directory and was released in August 2018. It features 388 practitioners from 300 firms across 51 countries who have been identified as prominent figures in the market. We are thrilled to announce that all nine of our mediators are listed.

The directory also includes a list of  seven Global Elite Thought Leaders from the main listing. We are delighted to announce that three of our mediators feature in this list, Bill Marsh, Michel Kallipetis QC and Mark Lomas QC.


Charles Dodson is “a thorough and engaging mediator” who peers highlight for his particular expertise in professional negligence, commercial contract and fraud cases.

Phillip Howell-Richardson has nearly 30 years of expertise in the field, and is highlighted by market sources as “a natural mediator” who boasts a prominent position in the market.

Kate Jackson has over 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution and has successfully mediated disputes internationally across a variety of commercial sectors. She is widely regarded as a leading mediator in the field by peers, who describe her as “exceedingly good”.

Michel Kallipetis QC wins high praise from his peers as “a huge presence” in the mediation market who is “always on top of the legal issues”. He brings over 19 years of international mediation experience across a wide range of disputes, making him one of the market heavyweights.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is recognised for his “natural ability to engage with parties” and is a firm favourite among sources who note, “He is readily able to analyse a case and arrive at the principle barriers to settlement.”

Mark Lomas QC is an “exceptional” mediator and wins praise from sources who highlight his particularly impressive experience in mediating insurance and professional negligence disputes.

Bill Marsh “is widely recognised as “an excellent practitioner” with one source noting that his approach “engenders the trust of the most difficult clients”. Peers consider him “an outstanding and very creative mediator” and say, “You get the full package with Bill.”

Andrew Paton stands out as “a first-class mediator” who wins high praise for “the energy he injects into the process” in addition to his “well-prepared and hard-working approach.”

Nicholas Pryor is considered “a consummate professional” by respondents this year. He is “very highly rated” for “his calmness in situations of stressful negotiations” as well as his “ability to establish the trust of all parties involved”.

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Mediation 2018

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


WWL Thought Leaders is a new section which was 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. The individuals invited to participate in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders are individuals that are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.’

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