A tremendous achievement

Independent Mediators are very excited and proud to announce that all eight of our members have been listed in the top two bands of the mediators section in the new edition of Chambers & Partners. Six members feature in the highest ranking band; Charles Dodson, Phillip Howell-Richardson, Michel Kallipetis QC, Mark Lomas QC, Bill Marsh and Nicholas Pryor. Jonathan Lloyd-Jones and Kate Jackson achieved band 2 status. 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 download CV’s for each of the team below.

Charles Dodson is deemed a “very intelligent” and “very effective” mediator by market sources, and has a wealth of experience acting on commercial contract, professional negligence, franchise and IP disputes involving international parties. One source notes: “He is extremely pleasant and easy to get on with, but he is also very much on the ball and good at testing the cases.”

Philip Howell-Richardson is a highly regarded practitioner with deep mediation experience. Market sources praise his mediation style, with one source noting that “he was active and challenging but also showed humanity and charm with the individual litigants participating.” His expertise spans a broad range of disputes, including commercial contract, banking and finance, insurance, fraud and oil and gas cases.

Kate Jackson is a “very collected, calm, and extremely pragmatic mediator,” who excels in putting parties at ease and “letting everyone have a voice.” Her strong background in banking sees her regularly appointed as mediator on finance-related disputes, with recent cases relating to mis-selling and breach of duty. She has additional noteworthy expertise in employment and property matters, as well as a growing professional negligence practice.

Michel Kallipetis QC attracts praise from market sources for his “considered and thoughtful approach” to dispute resolution. He handles a broad range of cases on behalf of international parties, including employment, professional negligence and partnership cases. He is singled out for his ability to “deal with blockages to settlement and unlock areas that seem insurmountable.”

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is a “terribly charming, urbane and witty” individual, who “doesn’t mind getting stuck in and seriously testing both sides’ cases.” His background as a commercial litigator makes him a popular choice for parties facing commercial disputes, and he has recent experience handling fraud, employment and professional negligence claims.

Mark Lomas QC is an immensely popular practitioner, frequently selected as sole or lead mediator by parties facing high-value disputes. He is predominantly known for his significant professional negligence expertise, whilst also having a strong track record in commercial contract disputes. Sources describe him as an experienced figure who “drills down into the detail” of a dispute in pursuit of a settlement.

Bill Marsh is highly recommended by market commentators, who praise his ability to build rapport with the parties and single out his “understanding of the technical nuances” of commercial disputes. He focuses on international cases, acting on a variety of commercial contract disputes involving parties from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA.

“Excellent mediator” Nicholas Pryor impresses sources with his ability to “work in a very quiet, smooth and understated way.” His practice encompasses a broad range of employment, commercial and contractual disputes, including those arising in the banking and finance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.

All Mediators listed in top tiers of Legal 500 2024