Jonathan Lloyd-Jones

Jonathan has the ability to connect with clients and solicitors and to quickly gain their confidence. He reads situations well and this helps him to move the parties towards settlement.

Mediation experience

Jonathan has been a commercial mediator for 24 years. His mediation practice has covered a wide variety of areas but in particular he has considerable knowledge of professional negligence disputes, construction disputes, property disputes (particularly those arising out of disputed wills and probate), partnership, employment, financial services, as well as more general commercial, company and contractual matters. He has lectured on mediation and ADR in the USA, South Africa and in Estonia.

Mediation style

Jonathan is willing to adopt an evaluative approach to his mediations. Whilst recognising he is not there to determine the issues, he is not afraid to engage with the parties on the strengths and weaknesses of their claims. His experience as a commercial lawyer and litigator of over 30 years, and a mediator for more than 20 years, has given him a good insight into the realities of dispute resolution.

He believes that settlements tend to emerge as a consequence of the parties taking a realistic look at the prospects of success or failure of the whole or aspects of their case and then taking a similar approach when looking at the case of their opponents. In addition he looks to give the parties an opportunity to consider options other than simple win or lose. Whilst many disputes are primarily claims about money, there are often other issues that need to be addressed before a constructive discussion about financial settlement can take place.

However, at the end of the day, he recognises he is there to help the parties achieve their settlement of the dispute that they have brought to mediation and works with them to achieve the settlement they want.

Directories

Legal 500 2016

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones at Independent Mediators is ‘an excellent mediator’ who handles claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees, and professional negligence claims; he is often involved in insolvency disputes and continues to develop expertise in construction and property matters. ‘His style combines a rigorous intellectual approach to testing both sides’ cases with a facilitative, encouraging, charming manner that prevents parties from becoming disillusioned or giving up on negotiations’.

Chambers & Partners 2017

“Good listener” Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is an experienced mediator with an extensive ADR practice. One observer notes: “He’s got an excellent style – his approach is quite forensic and challenging”. His commercial mediation is focused on financial, professional negligence and construction matters. One source applauds him for the “quite inventive techniques he uses to guide the settlement.”

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2017

Listed as one of the World’s top mediators in this International Directory. Jonathan has a “first-class track record” on professional negligence, construction, property, partnership and employment disputes.

Client comments

“I must say that having been at many mediations, I thought that your conduct and skills were superb in bringing together a settlement.”

“Jonathan was excellent. Very good with the clients, approachable, patient and clear helping to bring the settlement together.”

“As well as having mastered your brief you were skillful, polite and well structured. You made powerful friends yesterday who I hope and believe will instruct you again. I also had a masterclass in the role of a mediator.”

“Very well, he understood the issues in dispute from the outset and also understood that both parties were there with the definite intention of settlement, offers were therefore made at a very early stage which resulted in the mediation being concluded in a relatively short period of time.”

“Excellent at explaining process and working with both parties”

“Jonathan delivered an excellent professional service and worked extremely hard to finalise the deal. We would have no hesitation in recommending him in the future.”

“We were very happy with the performance of the mediator. Good contact before the event. Good flexibility. Kept pace with developments. Good humour. Excellent appreciation of the issues. We would be delighted to work with JLJ again.”

“The mediator explained the process fully to my client. He clearly understood the issues and inspired confidence in the client who trusted him to ensure that everything that could possibly be done to achieve a deal was done.”

“Jonathan was a very able and experienced mediator. He quickly recognised that both parties were experienced in mediating and set about driving the parties to settlement figures at an early juncture, which eventually resulted in a timely and successful settlement.”

“Jonathan was particularly well prepared considering that he was a last minute replacement for Philip. We had exchanged voicemails on the Friday before the mediation but did not manage to speak until the day of the mediation. He had read in very well and quickly got to the issues. His pace on the day was very good. He worked well between the parties and we felt that he was making the other party really think about their case.”

“There was considerable work for the mediator to do to persuade the Claimant to accept the difficulties with his case and the mediator achieved this successfully by dividing his time and efforts appropriately, sensibly and fairly between the parties”

“Jonathan handled both the clients, the lawyers and the Claimants very well. This was a claim with a lot of emotion (disappointed beneficiaries) and Jonathan allowed the claimants their say but did not allow it to spiral out of control which would have prevented settlement discussions. Jonathan set exactly the right pace.”

Professional background

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and as a mediator in 1991 and since then has been actively involved not only in practicing as a commercial mediator but also in the development of mediation practice in the UK. Until 2012 he combined that practice with his own practice as a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation. He was described in The Legal 500 (2011) as one of the best solicitors, he has an extraordinary grasp of facts and a remarkable analytical mind and knowledge of the law.

Since 2012 Jonathan has practised full time as a commercial mediator. Prior to that Jonathan was Senior Partner of his Oxford law firm (Linnells) from 1998, leading it into a merger with the larger regional firm of Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan) in 2003. He was Chairman of Blake Lapthorn from 2005 until 2011 and left the firm in 2012. During his time as Senior Partner and Chairman he acquired wide experience of partnership matters and the challenges of running a business, which means he understands, probably to a greater degree than many legal advisors because of his personal experience, the need for practical and commercial solutions to problems.

Additionally from 2004 – 2012 he represented the firm all over the world as part of its international network.

Training/talks/books/articles

Jonathan speaks regularly on mediation topics both in the UK and abroad. 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.

Outside interests

He is Chair of Trustees of The Art Room, a charity that, by using art as therapy, encourages the reintegration into main stream schooling of children that have been or are at risk of exclusion. The charity has the Duchess of Cambridge as its Royal Patron and is currently expanding significantly.

Whilst at Blake Lapthorn, he was closely involved with encouraging a greater understanding of environmental issues in Oxfordshire. He set up the Green Breakfast series at the firm, which raises amongst local business leaders and others an understanding of the wider environmental concerns that will shape our world in the future.

Jonathan loves to travel when possible and in 2012 spent 2 months in Argentina trying to learn Spanish and to tango at the same time.

Personal

Qualified as solicitor: October 1979
Trained as mediator: October 1991

1977-1980 Stephenson Harwood – City of London Corporate practice

1980-1988 London West End litigation practice
Partner and Head of Civil Litigation Department

1988-2012 Blake Lapthorn – Top 60 law firm
Chairman 2005 -2011
Former Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution Practice Group

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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

  • International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator
  • Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Standing Committee of Mediation Advocates
  • Director and subsequently Chairman of ADR Net Limited until 2011
  • CMC Registered Mediator