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 2017

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 2017.

LEGAL 500 2017

Independent Mediators’ Charles Dodson is ‘a go-to mediator for commercial cases where heads need banging together; he has a robust personality and charm and a persuasive style’. Other praise Dodson for being ‘acute, and an effective, practical, hands-on mediator’. His recent mediations focused on professional negligence claims, involving solicitors, surveyors and valuers, financial advisers and insurance brokers; and commercial claims involving the construction and insurance sectors, as well as partnership issues. In addition, he mediated disputes regarding pensions and insolvency.

Undertaking over 50 mediations in 2016, Phillip Howell-Richardson at Independent Mediators ‘has a highly facilitative style; he is a fabulous mediator who is tenacious, incisive and challenging, yet also great with clients and commercial in his outlook’. Howell-Richardson is also ‘appreciated for trying different ways and approaches to move matters forward’. The majority of his recent mediations related to commercial claims, including company and commercial contract issues, professional negligence, insurance matters, international commercial claims, and banking and finance conflicts. Other areas include disputes involving IP and IT issues, employment, partnership, property, construction, and probate.

Independent Mediators’ Kate Jackson is ‘an extremely capable mediator, who is calm and assured at all times, and has an innate ability to get to the heart of a dispute; she is unflappable, excellent at dealing with more emotional clients, and works extremely hard to get a result’. Jackson’s practice covers a range of commercial, banking and employment disputes.

A ‘go-to mediator who has gravitas with clients’, Michel Kallipetis QC at Independent Mediators ‘tests cases during private sessions, helping to manage clients’ expectations, and he does not give up on a settlement, even when the parties want to’. Conducting over 85 mediations in 2016, recent work involved disputes surrounding professional negligence, construction, oil and gas, insurance, property and commercial matters; he also acted in employment, fraud, insolvency, partnership and probate-related conflicts. Highlights included high-value claims against various banks for alleged mis-selling of financial products.

Independent Mediators’ Mark Lomas QC is ‘really one of the very best mediators out there; he is tough, robust and has strong analytical capabilities. Rarely do his energy levels wane and he is rarely anything other than an effective conduit between the parties, even where there is significant complexity’. Lomas’ practice includes commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, and banking and financial services, as well as general common law disputes, construction, probate, and trusts.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones at Independent Mediators is ‘an effective mediator who is good at listening to parties and focusing on a dispute’s key points; he can be robust and challenging when necessary and will keep going to get a result’. Lloyd-Jones is also praised for being ‘receptive to the emotions that often ride high between clients at a mediation, and he is quick to adapt the structure of the mediation to suit and accommodate the clients’ wishes, rather than impose his own views’. His practice covers commercial topics, including claims for fraud-based restitution, breaches of restrictive covenants, and professional negligence claims; and he is often involved in insolvency, construction and property matters.

Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators is ‘a mediator who has seen and done it all before, yet he still manages to bring a freshness and energy to each mediation. He has a nicely understated style, but forceful when he needs to be, and hugely experienced at getting a sense of how the parties want to negotiate, and where a deal lies’. Marsh covers a broad range of UK-related and international commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence; he also acts in disputes involving shareholders, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping.

Andrew Paton of Independent Mediators is ‘a very able mediator, who works hard to achieve a settlement; he ensures that he is properly prepared and that he understands what a case is about in order to keep a mediation heading in the right direction. He also has a very pleasant and approachable style, which helps to put clients at ease’. Paton is a former Pinsent Masons LLP partner who undertook undertook 57 mediations during 2016; and a large portion of his work focused on professional negligence claims, with the balance spread between construction, insurance, property and commercial matters.

Independent Mediators’ Nicholas Pryor is ‘an exceptionally experienced mediator, who carries significant gravitas and is easy to work with’. Pryor’s cases recently covered a broad gambit of UK-based and international commercial issues; other disputes included insurance and professional negligence claims.

Chambers Directory 2018

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 2017 with all nine of our mediators featuring in the top bands.


The “extraordinarily able” Charles Dodson is considered “an effective, practical, experienced and realistic mediator” who is “congenial and very pleasant to work with.” He is an experienced practitioner whose practice includes appointments on a range of commercial matters including contract, insurance, professional negligence, banking and pension cases. He practises both domestically and internationally, and is especially experienced with the North American market.

Phillip Howell-Richardson garners a great deal of admiration from market sources, with sources saying he is “very diplomatic and approachable” as well as “serious and respectful to the parties.” He has expertise in high-value commercial, finance and insurance disputes and further experience in fraud, employment and construction cases.

Kate Jackson is a leading mediator, admired for her “very calm, authoritative, confident and assertive” demeanour. She can draw on a wealth of experience when mediating general commercial, banking and finance, tax and professional negligence disputes. Further expertise lies in her understanding of media and entertainment, and in IP cases. One source attests: “Kate was one of the main reasons that a volatile personal situation was reduced to a sensible commercial agreement.”

Michel Kallipetis QC is an impressive mediator whose “gravitas and presence are ideal for a mediation,” according to interviewees. One source comments: “He has a super-sharp mind and high intellect so he gets the issues quickly, and has a calm and warm approach that puts everyone at ease. He gets the best out of all in the room, which is a remarkable ability.” He handles a range of cases, including trusts, employment, professional indemnity and insurance disputes.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is an excellent and “very personable” mediator, whose “relaxed and friendly” approach has earned him the respect of peers and instructing parties alike. He is experienced in mediating a host of commercial disputes, including professional negligence, fraud and employment issues. One commentator notes that he is “incredibly practical, and when the chips are down and it looks a million miles away from settlement he always has an idea to get it over the line.” He is increasingly engaged for property and construction disputes.

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. One source appreciates that “you can always rely on him to get the difficult cases over the line. He has fantastic gravitas and is extremely clever.”

Bill Marsh is a first-rate mediator who has long been utilised by domestic and international clients to handle a diverse range of sophisticated commercial disputes. Areas of particular strength include acting in professional negligence, contract, IT and shareholder disputes. He receives instructions to mediate cases in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including in Europe, North America and Asia. One observer attests: “He was polite, realistic and courteous with our client. He is relaxed, knowing and has gravitas.”

The “robust and quick-thinking” Andrew Paton has extensive experience in a number of fields including construction, insurance and commercial contract disputes, with particular expertise in professional negligence claims. He is also engaged to mediate employment, unfair prejudice and insolvency cases. One source enthuses: “He has lots of energy and a great attitude. He gets into details at the right level and will be quite creative where creativity may have stalled. Clients respect his opinions.”

Nicholas Pryor is “incredibly experienced and a very good judge of how and where cases should settle,” according to one interviewee. Another market source admires that “he gains the confidence of the parties and their advisers, so they feel that he is trying to find the best solution to meet their needs and requirements.” He is routinely chosen for complex disputes and has recently been appointed to banking, IT, property and professional negligence cases.

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.

All our members are listed as top mediators in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 2017.


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