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 2020

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 2019. This year also saw all nine 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 2020

Charles Dodson was CEDR-accredited in 1996 and is experienced in mediating a broad range of commercial cases, including multi-party, high-value, international disputes. He is highly rated in the market for his mediation of professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, valuers, financial advisers and insurance brokers. Other areas of strength include construction, insurance and partnership, and Dodson has also mediated disputes surrounding probate, pensions, insolvency, franchising, inheritance, engineering, distribution and agency agreements, software design and business sales.

Phillip Howell-Richardson has a well-established national and international practice, and the range of commercial disputes mediated successfully by Howell-Richardson is mostly spread between company and commercial contract matters, international commercial claims, banking and finance issues, professional negligence and insurance. His experience also spans disputes involving IP and IT, employment, fraud, partnership, property, construction and probate.

Kate Jackson ‘establishes gravitas immediately and fosters confidence – the parties know that they are getting informed interaction and this is what really sets her apart’. Jackson has been accredited as a mediator since 2005 and is appointed in over 50 high-value, complex commercial mediations each year. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales and New York, Jackson has successfully mediated disputes in a variety of commercial sectors, including banking, general commercial, insurance, IP, employment, private client, public sector, real estate and professional negligence. Jackson’s clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances.

Many of Michel Kallipetis QC’s mediations are multi-party disputes or involve international companies and the laws of other countries. The former head of Littleton Chambers, he undertook over 80 mediation days in 2018 and regularly mediates a wide variety of disputes, including partnerships, banking, insurance and re-insurance, employment disputes, pension rights, solicitor and valuer negligence claims, medical negligence and personal injury matters. Kallipetis also has significant experience in high-value mediations involving construction and engineering.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is ‘incisive and detailed; he understands the key issues and raises challenging questions to both sides’. Lloyd-Jones has been instructed to conduct over 400 mediations since joining Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2012. His experience spans a broad range of commercial topics, including claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees and professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors and insurance brokers. He is also often involved in insolvency disputes and has developed expertise in property and construction matters.

The ‘highly effective’ Mark Lomas QC of Independent Mediators ceased practice as an advocate to devote himself full time to mediation and arbitration. He averages over 80 mediations a year, and has mediated a wide variety of high-value commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, banking and financial services, along with general common law disputes, construction, probate and trusts.

Bill Marsh is ‘one of the best mediators in the business – he has strong technical skills, a real understanding of the issues and works tirelessly with the parties to get a solution’. Marsh has been in full-time mediation since 1991 and he operates both in the UK and internationally. On the international side, recent instructions came from the Balkans, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Russia, India, Singapore, the US and the Gulf, and have involved areas such as banking, sport, environmental issues, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and mining.

The ‘particularly good’ Andrew Paton is a former Pinsent Masons LLP partner who was accredited by CEDR in 1993 and joined Independent Mediators in 2016. In 2018, Paton undertook 64 mediations and his mediation practice includes professional negligence claims, construction, insurance, property and commercial matters, along with employment issues, public law and insolvency.

Nicholas Pryor conducted his first mediation in 1986, and has mediated disputes in Britain, the US, Europe and the Middle and Far East regularly since 1990. He has been appointed in over 1,250 mediations to date. His practice covers a range of UK-based and international commercial issues, as well as insurance and professional negligence matters. Other areas include construction, employment, fraud, insolvency and partnership.

Chambers Directory 2020

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 2019 with all nine of our mediators featuring in the top bands.


Charles Dodson is commended by clients for being “very energetic, likeable and good with difficult situations.” He offers outstanding mediation experience and has acted in a broad range of cases, including those involving professional indemnity, insurance and corporate takeovers.

Phillip Howell-Richardson is applauded by interviewees for being able to “understand the nature of a dispute, the positions the parties will take, and what is important to work towards a settlement.” His leading practice exhibits strength in a range of commercial mediations, including cases involving contractual, insurance and professional negligence claims.

Kate Jackson is applauded by interviewees for her “determined, smart and very astute” approach to mediation. Her first-class practice demonstrates expertise in financial services, insurance and professional negligence disputes, among others, and is appointed both domestically and internationally. One source reports: “Kate was fantastic to deal with and always very helpful.”

Michel Kallipetis QC is frequently instructed in heavyweight domestic and international disputes, including those concerning insurance, employment and professional negligence issues. Clients report that he is “in total command of the situation” and praise his “openness and willingness and ability to adapt.”

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is described by clients as being “very commercial and sensible” and is praised for “always working hard to reach a solution.” His sterling mediation expertise is sought after in a variety of cases, including construction and professional negligence disputes. Interviewees report: “He’s good at managing individuals and lowering the temperature in the room.”

Mark Lomas QC is commended for his ability to “forensically untangle the issues and put them to each party.” His formidable mediation practice is a go-to for professional negligence and insurance disputes, among other commercial claims. Other sources admire his “strong technical and commercial analysis and diplomatic style.”

Bill Marsh is routinely instructed on high-value domestic and international mediations as they occur across a diverse range of commercial areas. Clients say: “Bill is calm and commands respect. He is technically able, gets the issues, and works tirelessly to help the parties find an acceptable solution.”

Andrew Paton is recognised for the wealth of experience he brings to commercial mediations, particularly those involving professional negligence claims. Additional areas of expertise include in construction and insurance cases. Sources describe him as “exceedingly personable, on top of the detail and not afraid to challenge the parties,” and appreciate that “he will do the best possible job to get a deal done.”

Nicholas Pryor handles high-value and complex mediations both domestically and internationally across numerous sectors, including banking and financial services. Clients highlight: “He’s very good at defusing tension and trying to find a commercial way forward. He’s a good diplomat in mediation.”

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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