Andrew Paton

Over 35 years dispute resolution experience. Former partner with Pinsent Masons LLP. A highly respected practitioner widely recognised as a leader for large commercial claims.

Mediation experience

Andrew was accredited by ADR Net in 1990 and by CEDR in 1993. He has mediated in excess of 1000 cases. Whilst with Pinsent Masons he took on 60 cases per year. He is a former director of ADR Net Ltd; founder member of PIM (Senior Mediators), was Chairman of the Association of Midland Mediators for 12 years ending in 2012 and served on the CEDR training faculty from 1993 to 2005.

Other dispute resolution experience

Listed in the top tiers of both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Listed in the international directory, Who’s Who Legal: Mediation.

Mediation style

From initial appointment through to the final resolution (whether at or after the mediation itself) Andrew is “totally engaged” with the process. He brings with him conspicuous energy and enthusiasm and also has a sense of humour that, when appropriate, can be used to get past obstacles standing in the way of progress.

Directories

Andrew features in the top bands of both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The current editions of the directories state:

Legal 500 2018

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.

Chambers & Partners 2019

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.

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018

Listed as one of the World’s top mediators in this International Directory. 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”.

Client comments

“I thought Andrew did a good job. He was sufficiently serious and focussed around the issues but did bring a well needed sense of humour to, what was essentially a mediation about rat poo. As a Brummie, I would certainly recommend Andrew to others in my firm. His involvement assisted the process..”

“Obviously a very experienced mediator, Andrew kept the process going and skilfully helped both parties move to a settlement they could live with.”

“Andrew is an excellent Mediator who has with me a 100% record. He is very fair.

“Andrew is highly regarded and his skills as a mediator are second to none. He kept the process moving and did so in a professional and friendly manner. His experience enabled him to keep the parties actively engaged in the mediation process throughout.”

“Proof of the pudding..Andrew gently achieved a (thus far) successful conclusion to a very hard long drawn out matter.”

“Andrew was adept at getting the parties to move towards settlement quickly. He cajoled where necessary and called parties on their cases/positions as necessary.”

Professional background

Andrew joined Pinsent & Co (now Pinsent Masons) in 1981 as a newly qualified solicitor at their Birmingham office and became a partner in 1986. Andrew initially had a fairly general practice incorporating property, construction and general commercial litigation before developing an interest in professional indemnity insurance. He took over management of the Insurance Litigation Group at his firm in 1995 continuing through to 2003 when he moved to an in-house role being responsible for dealing with claims and complaints and handling all professional indemnity insurance matters. Andrew retired from Pinsent Masons in April 2016.

Training/talks/books/articles

Talks and Training Andrew has given include:

Closely involved in training mediators and lawyers as a member of CEDR’s training faculty from 1993 to 2003. Andrew speaks regularly on mediation topics. He also provides training courses in preparation and presentation at mediations. He has trained lawyers, business people and other professionals in mediation skills and in the skills of using mediation effectively for their own disputes. He also conducts training in-house for law firms, insurance companies and others.

Books/articles:

Author of many articles on ADR and speaker at conferences including, most recently, The Solicitors’ Claims Conference at Clyde & Co.

Interests

In his spare time Andrew enjoys dinghy racing, cycling, walking and riding his motorbike.

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Areas of practice

A brief overview of areas of practice:

  • Banking / Finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial fraud / Fraud
  • Company shareholders
  • Competition
  • Construction and engineering
  • Defamation
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • Group actions
  • Insolvency
  • I.T.
  • Insurance / reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Local and national government
  • Medical negligence / Personal injury
  • Oil and gas
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Probate / Trusts / Estates
  • Professional negligence
  • Property
  • Regulatory
  • Sport
  • Transport / logistics

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society
  • Co-founder of the Panel of Independent Mediators – Senior Mediators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Co-founder of the Lamport Hall Group
  • Former director of ADR Net Ltd
  • Former member of the training faculty of CEDR (10 years)
  • Former Chairman of the Association of Midland Mediators for 12 years ending in 2012
  • Former member of the Board of the Civil Mediation Council
  • Director of Solicitors Indemnity Mutual Insurance Association Limited (SIMIA)
  • CMC Registered Mediator