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.

All our mediators are listed in the top tiers of the leading independent directories.

Legal 500 2021

We are delighted to announce that all of our members are listed in tier one of the mediators section in the new edition of Legal 500 released in September 2020. This year also saw all ten maintain their positions in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame which was launched in 2018. Legal 500 say, ‘The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, those who are at the pinnacle of the profession.’

LEGAL 500 2021

Stuart Chapman is ‘always on the list of proposed mediators. He is always fully prepared and calm, but very tenacious so nearly always gets a result‘. Chapman conducted 59 mediations in 2019, including repeat instructions from 50 firms. His commercial and civil mediation practice straddles a variety of subject areas including the corporate, environmental, technology, property, construction and engineering, and professional negligence spaces. Other areas of expertise include boundary, agriculture, banking and finance, employment, insolvency, insurance and trust disputes.

Charles Dodson is  ‘one of the very best‘, he is ‘purposeful, amiable, trustworthy, straight talking, and capable of getting results even in difficult cases. He is able to get to the parts of a problem that some other mediators cannot reach‘. Dodson has been involved in the development of ADR in both the UK and the US since the mid 1980s (and CEDR-accredited since 1996), and his cases are frequently multi-party and international. Approximately 50% of the mediations conducted by Dodson in 2019 related to commercial and international commercial claims, which encompassed professional negligence, insurance and partnership matters. The balance of his mediation instructions spanned pensions, probate, property, banking and finance, and manufacturing mandates, along with IT, insolvency, franchising, engineering and business sale disputes.

Since joining Independent Mediators in 2010 Phillip Howell-Richardson (a full-time, independent mediator since 2005) has conducted over 560 mediations and over 1350 during his mediation career. Howell-Richardson is ‘a vastly experienced mediator, with the gravitas to guide parties through the most challenging, high-value and complex mediation processes. He can be firm and direct when required, but always brings a fresh perspective, which gives mediation the best possible prospects of success‘. He has an established national and international practice; and the majority of his mediations relate to commercial claims that are evenly spread between disputes involving insurance, international commercial, banking and finance, professional negligence, and company and commercial contracts claims. Howell-Richardson also has investor state mediation expertise, as well as experience handling disputes concerning fraud, IP, IT, healthcare, transport, construction and energy issues.

Kate Jacksonis ‘phenomenally knowledgeable and thinks of everything‘, is appointed in approximately 50-55 high-value, complex commercial mediations a year. Others note that she is ‘very well prepared and able to push both sides on their cases; she proposes considered alternatives and keeps pushing for a resolution. In short, she is exactly what parties look for in a mediator‘. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales and New York, the ex-magic circle litigator’s clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances (where clients benefit from Jackson’s many years of community mediation and advisory work). In addition to her commercial mediation practice, Jackson has been appointed to the Court of Appeal Mediator Panel.

Michel Kallipetis QC’spossesses excellent mediation skills. He is simply an outstanding mediator‘. Working on some of the largest mediations in terms of profile and claim value, the former head of Littleton Chambers is one of the busiest commercial mediators in the country. His recent work involved professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors, and other construction professionals, as well as claims concerning insurance, property, commercial law, employment, IP, insolvency, and trusts issues. He recently received instructions from the UK, Europe, Australia, the US, Gibraltar, Dubai, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is ‘excellent; he is intelligent, quick to get the issues, can deal with clients and gets results‘. Lloyd-Jones has practised exclusively as a commercial mediator with Independent Mediators since 2012 and is ‘a go to mediator, who is top of the list. He is always well prepared, understands the commercial (as well as the legal) issues at play, and takes the time to develop a relationship with – and gain the trust of – the people involved‘. His practice covers a wide range of commercial topics, including claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees, and professional negligence claims against professionals including solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors and insurance brokers.

Mark Lomas QC joined Independent Mediators in 2009, having ceased practicing at the Bar to become a full-time mediator. Lomas ‘is by far and away the best mediator‘ for some and ‘he is always well prepared, has thought about the dispute, has the necessary gravitas to deal with difficult parties, and is forceful yet charming and effective‘. As one of the UK’s busiest commercial mediators, Lomas acts regularly as sole or lead mediator in mediations, which cover a wide variety of disputes. These include high-value matters in the commercial contracts, insurance, banking and financial services, construction, probate and trusts arenas. He also has a particularly strong reputation in relation to professional negligence mandates.

Bill Marshhas all of the qualities required of an effective mediator and is worthy of his top rating in this field‘. Marsh is ‘calm, in control of events, and extremely patient and adept at getting both sides to focus on the issues‘. He has been involved in full-time in mediation since 1991 and has a broad commercial mediation practice that continues to grow, particularly internationally, with recent instructions from the Balkans, Russia, Netherlands, Greece, US, India, France, Singapore, and the Gulf. Representative mediations have concerned disputes involving banking, sport and major environmental issues, and oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and gold mining matters. Marsh is also an international mediator for the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the Centre for Mediation and Law in Moscow, and the Bombay Centre for Mediation and Conciliation.

Andrew Paton is ‘master of his craft, who helps parties get deals done‘, he joined Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2016; previously he worked as a mediator through Pinsent Masons LLP while practising as a solicitor. He is ‘one of the longest serving and most experienced mediators on the circuit, and his experience shows in the way he is able to cope with challenging situations and chart a way through them. He is very thorough but never loses sight of the wood for the trees – he keeps the parties focused on the bottom line‘. Paton has mediated over 1145 matters to date, with over half of his mediations in 2019 involving professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, architects and other construction professionals.

Nicholas Pryor is ‘first rate, and he has an excellent rapport with clients and a no-nonsense, effective approach to cracking the toughest of cases‘. Pryor was involved with the foundation of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and has mediated disputes in Britain, the US, Europe, and the Middle East and Far East. He mediates cases across a broad spectrum of UK-based and international disputes, with general commercial claims representing approximately 20% of Pryor’s practice and a further 40% relating to professional negligence claims. The balance of his practice was recently mostly evenly spread between construction, employment, IP, insolvency and partnership disputes.

Chambers Directory 2021

Independent Mediators were once again recognised as one of the UK’s leading mediation chambers by Chambers and Partners in their latest edition released in October 2020 with all ten of our mediators featuring in the top bands.


Stuart Chapman of Independent Mediators enjoys a healthy reputation for his abilities mediating domestic and international commercial disputes. His broad practice incorporates experience in company law, intellectual property and professional negligence claims, among others. “He has a very good grasp of the issues and is easy to work with but tough when appropriate. I always find he understands very early on what each party is really looking for.” “He combines tenacity with a really calm manner, and somehow manages to coax people when they want to give up.”

Charles Dodson of Independent Mediators is a leading mediator with vast experience across a broad range of sophisticated commercial cases. He is especially active mediating professional indemnity, insurance and contractual disputes. “Charles is a capable and active mediator.” “He is well known and respected in his field.”

Phillip Howell-Richardson of Independent Mediators operates a leading commercial mediation practice with a formidable track record in handling banking and finance, insurance and professional negligence claims. He shows additional expertise in construction and energy cases. “He is particularly good at finding bridges between parties to enable them to discuss, when otherwise they were at loggerheads.” “He’s one of the leading mediators in the UK, and he works incredibly hard to get a satisfactory result.”

Kate Jackson of Independent Mediators is a pre-eminent mediator with foremost abilities in financial service sector cases, where she leverages her experience working in investment banks. She is also strong in insurance and professional negligence matters. “Kate is a really top-notch mediator; she has a very good manner with clients and can get to the heart of issues.” “She is a first-class, absolutely brilliant meditator.”

Michel Kallipetis QC of Independent Mediators is a highly regarded mediator whose practice is active across a range of commercial claims. His experience includes mediating professional negligence, insurance and property matters, among other disputes. “Michel is a charming and commercially astute mediator.” “He is clearly very sharp and very commercial. He cut through to the important issues to get the parties over the line.”

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones of Independent Mediators is experienced across a variety of cases. He possesses notable expertise in employment, professional negligence and insolvency-related disputes, as well as those arising in the construction sector. “Jonathan has a fantastic mind that allows him to grasp the root of the dispute. He puts the parties at ease and ensures that they fully understand the commerciality of achieving a settlement.”

Mark Lomas QC of Independent Mediators is considered a go-to for the mediation of significant commercial disputes. He is particularly experienced in professional negligence disputes, and is also strong in financial services and contractual cases.  “Mark is a high-calibre mediator who can get to grips with the papers very quickly. He has a style that doesn’t upset either side and puts them at ease to achieve a settlement.”

Bill Marsh of Independent Mediators excels at mediating high-value and international commercial disputes across a broad range of industries. His expertise covers professional negligence, employment and commercial contract cases.  “He has seen it all before and focuses his time and efforts on working to get a deal; he’s very subtle and takes the heat out of the dispute.” “Bill is relaxed, facilitative and calming.”

Andrew Paton of Independent Mediators is an expert mediator with a wealth of experience in professional negligence disputes. He is also experienced in insolvency, partnership and employment cases. “Andrew is so effective. He gets to core issues very quickly and is very proactive.” “He is measured and empathetic while also being constructively engaging and challenging.”

Nicholas Pryor of Independent Mediators maintains a diverse mediation practice with deep experience settling domestic and international disputes. He is frequently sought after to handle employment, partnership and intellectual property claims, among others. “Nicholas was very assured, calm and sensible. He brought a sharp analytical mind and got to grips with the key issues.”

Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2020

Internationally, our mediators feature in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2020. This is the tenth edition of this directory and was released in July 2020. It features 430 practitioners from 330 firms across 47 jurisdictions who have been identified as prominent figures in the market. We are thrilled to announce that all ten of our mediators are listed.

The directory also includes a list of Global Elite Thought Leaders from the main listing. We are delighted to announce that two of our mediators feature in this list, Michel Kallipetis QC and Bill Marsh.


Stuart Chapman is “always in demand” say sources who commend his impressive experience conducting mediations involving parties across the globe.

Charles Dodson is a highly regarded mediator praised for his “analytical approach”. He is “very practical and able to deal with issues from both a legal and commercial perspective”.

The “top-notch” Phillip Howell-Richardson is recommended for his excellent international dispute work, mediating for individuals, corporations and governments.

Sources celebrate Kate Jackson’s “exceptional approach to mediations” and ability to successfully mediate disputes across a wide range of commercial sectors.

Michel Kallipetis QC is a “well-respected” figure in mediation, garnering recognition as “really excellent” and a “great mediator and teacher”. He has “an excellent reputation for being one of the leading mediators”. He is highly praised by peers as “intelligent, skilful and charming”. He also features on the list of Global Elite Thought Leaders in mediation.

Seasoned practitioner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones has over 25 years’ experience in commercial mediation, bringing in-depth knowledge in professional negligence, construction and property disputes.

The “superb” Mark Lomas QC is “well known among peers for his strong reputation” in commercial mediations.

The “excellent” Bill Marsh is a “go-to – his calibre and quality are simply fantastic”. Respondents “highly recommend his style and approach” and exalt his “very successful” mediation practice. He is a “sensational mediator according to respondents. He “gets very high-profile work and is extremely experienced and capable”. He is the WWL Mediator of the Year for 2019. He also features on the list of Global Elite Thought Leaders in mediation.

Andrew Paton “knows the field back to front”. He brings a “confident and highly competent approach in order to get the job done”.

Nicholas Pryor is a leading name in mediation, commended for his considerable experience handling complex disputes, having been appointed in over 1,250 mediations across multiple jurisdictions.

Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders – Mediation 2021

We are delighted to announce that two of our mediators feature in this list, Michel Kallipetis QC and Bill Marsh.


WWL Thought Leaders is a new section which was launched in 2017. Who’s Who Legal explain this new feature as ‘bringing together for the first time the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost practitioners. The individuals invited to participate in Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders are individuals that are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.’

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