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Nine out of nine mediators listed in top tier of Legal 500 2020

Independent Mediators are very proud to announce that all nine of our members have been listed in tier one of the mediators section in the new edition of Legal 500 released in September 2019. This is a tremendous achievement for all.

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.

Full listings for each of our Mediators can be found below. You can also click through to the mediators individual page (click on their name) to download their CV and see more information.

Independent Mediators’ Charles Dodson was CEDR-accredited in 1996 and is experienced in mediating a broad range of commercial cases, including multi-party, high-value, international disputes. He is highly rated in the market for his mediation of professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, valuers, financial advisers and insurance brokers. Other areas of strength include construction, insurance and partnership, and Dodson has also mediated disputes surrounding probate, pensions, insolvency, franchising, inheritance, engineering, distribution and agency agreements, software design and business sales.

Independent Mediators’ Phillip Howell-Richardson undertook over 60 mediations in 2018. He has a well-established national and international practice, and the range of commercial disputes mediated successfully by Howell-Richardson is mostly spread between company and commercial contract matters, international commercial claims, banking and finance issues, professional negligence and insurance. His experience also spans disputes involving IP and IT, employment, fraud, partnership, property, construction and probate.

Kate Jackson of Independent Mediators ‘establishes gravitas immediately and fosters confidence – the parties know that they are getting informed interaction and this is what really sets her apart’. Jackson has been accredited as a mediator since 2005 and is appointed in over 50 high-value, complex commercial mediations each year. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales and New York, Jackson has successfully mediated disputes in a variety of commercial sectors, including banking, general commercial, insurance, IP, employment, private client, public sector, real estate and professional negligence. Jackson’s clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances.

Many of Independent Mediators’ Michel Kallipetis QC’s mediations are multi-party disputes or involve international companies and the laws of other countries. The former head of Littleton Chambers, he undertook over 80 mediation days in 2018 and regularly mediates a wide variety of disputes, including partnerships, banking, insurance and re-insurance, employment disputes, pension rights, solicitor and valuer negligence claims, medical negligence and personal injury matters. Kallipetis also has significant experience in high-value mediations involving construction and engineering.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is ‘incisive and detailed; he understands the key issues and raises challenging questions to both sides’. Lloyd-Jones has been instructed to conduct over 400 mediations since joining Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2012. His experience spans a broad 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 and insurance brokers. He is also often involved in insolvency disputes and has developed expertise in property and construction matters.

The ‘highly effective’ Mark Lomas QC of Independent Mediators ceased practice as an advocate to devote himself full time to mediation and arbitration. He averages over 80 mediations a year, and has mediated a wide variety of high-value commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, banking and financial services, along with general common law disputes, construction, probate and trusts.

Independent Mediators’ Bill Marsh is ‘one of the best mediators in the business – he has strong technical skills, a real understanding of the issues and works tirelessly with the parties to get a solution’. Marsh has been in full-time mediation since 1991 and he operates both in the UK and internationally. On the international side, recent instructions came from the Balkans, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Russia, India, Singapore, the US and the Gulf, and have involved areas such as banking, sport, environmental issues, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and mining.

The ‘particularly good’ Andrew Paton is a former Pinsent Masons LLP partner who was accredited by CEDR in 1993 and joined Independent Mediators in 2016. In 2018, Paton undertook 64 mediations and his mediation practice includes professional negligence claims, construction, insurance, property and commercial matters, along with employment issues, public law and insolvency.

Nicholas Pryor at Independent Mediators conducted his first mediation in 1986, and has mediated disputes in Britain, the US, Europe and the Middle and Far East regularly since 1990. He has been appointed in over 1,250 mediations to date. His practice covers a range of UK-based and international commercial issues, as well as insurance and professional negligence matters. Other areas include construction, employment, fraud, insolvency and partnership.

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