Charles Dodson

Top ranked mediator with over twenty years experience on a broad range of commercial cases, including multi-party, high-value and international disputes

Mediation experience

CEDR Accredited in 1996, has been acting as a commercial mediator on a regular basis since then and as an independent mediator since 1998.

Cases mediated include disputes in areas such as professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, partnership and company board, commercial contract, pensions, IT, franchise, logistics and fraud including multi-party and international.

Other dispute resolution experience

Involved in the development of ADR in USA and UK since the mid 1980’s and one of CEDR’s original directors.

Listed as a “Leading Individual” in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 since 1997/8. Listed in the international directory, Who’s Who Legal: Mediation, since 2011.

A lead member on a DFID-funded project to develop a pilot tribunal and conciliation system in Samara, Russia. Advisor to Jersey judicial authorities on incorporating mediation into the Jersey legal system. Involved in a UK government funded project to introduce mediation into Turkish law.


Mediation style

Approach to mediation is primarily facilitative rather than evaluative but will resort to
rigorous reality testing where feels it is appropriate and necessary. Believes that building and maintaining momentum in a mediation is important but that time invested in building rapport with the parties, particularly the lead negotiators, is still crucial.


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

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.

Chambers & Partners 2019

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.”

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018

Listed as one of the World’s top mediators in this International Directory, Charles Dodson is “a thorough and engaging mediator” who peers highlight his particular expertise in professional negligence, commercial contract and fraud cases. He has been listed in this directory since the first edition in 2011.

Client comments

Comments relating to performance as a mediator include:

“relaxed yet professional style created the atmosphere for a settlement in a volatile dispute”

“very thorough in seeing the whole process through to a conclusion”

“focused rightly on the commercial aspect of the settlement”

“had good ideas .. good rapport .. got the parties to think creatively and reality tested well”

“on the ball”, “authoritative and forceful”, “very firm when necessary”, “lots of character and determination”

Parties have also commented on “energy and commitment” and “ability to close the deal”.

Professional background

Between 1981 and 1998 a partner in the leading London based international law firm,
Lovell White Durrant, now Hogan Lovells. Resident partner of the New York office between
1985 and 1988, and a full-time Managing Partner of the firm between 1991 and 1995.

Acted as a lawyer on a broad range of commercial cases including professional indemnity,
corporate takeovers, insurance and reinsurance, tort and contract, and international
asset tracing.

These cases included:

  • Fraud and international asset tracing case for an overseas investment banking group arising out of a commodity market transaction.
  • Extensive litigation for major US insurance group regarding claims emanating from London business
  • Litigation over a number of years for Bermuda oil captive re business written and reinsured in the London market
  • Mortgage indemnity guarantee litigation for major UK insurance company
  • Business takeover warranties claims


Talks and Training Charles has given include:

Closely involved in training mediators and lawyers as a member of CEDR’s training faculty from 1996 to 2012. Also involved in Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Core Solutions training programmes. He regularly conducts training sessions for in-house for law firms, insurance companies and others to enable them to represent their clients more effectively in mediation.

Author of many articles on ADR and speaker at conferences, including:

  • “Mediation: A commercial approach to dispute resolution” PLC Vol.X No.9 October 1999
  • “Mediation in the dispute resolution spectrum”, ACCA Europe Annual Conference, September 1999
  • “Mediation – Recognising its Potential for Streamlining Dispute Resolution” Jersey Law Review June 2003
  • Chapter in Butterworths “Mediators on Mediation” (2005)


Educated at Wellington College and Pembroke College, Oxford (MA Jurisprudence)
INSEAD Advanced Management Programme 1991


  • Hebrides – west coast of Scotland
  • Sailing – coastal cruising
  • Tractors – Ferguson
  • Trees – planting, felling and pruning

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Areas of practice

A brief overview of areas of practice:

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

Professional memberships

  • International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator
  • CMC Registered Mediator