Selecting a Mediator

Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited maintains a panel of mediators. The responsibility of selecting a mediator, and deciding whether the background, qualifications and experience of any particular mediator is appropriate for any particular dispute is the responsibility of the parties and their advisers.

Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited does not accept any such responsibility. Any administration fee payable to Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited as part of the mediation fee is intended to cover the cost of the administration. No part of such fee is in respect of Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited selecting a mediator.

Our Mediators

David Armstrong
Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Ronald Bradbeer
Solicitor
Michael Brown
Mediator
Peter Fall
Chartered Building Surveyor
Malcolm Gregor
Mediator

David Armstrong

Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Trained and accredited as a mediator in 2006 by CEDR. Types of mediation work – construction, engineering, contract related issues

Dave has dealt with many claims as a Quantity Surveyor and a mediator – or as part of his role as Commercial Manager, Director or Dispute Manager. Whether acting for, or against, an Owner, contractor or subcontractor, Dave’s experience as a Mediator, Quantity Surveyor has given him a deep insight into the practical working of claims in this sector. This experience involves bringing claims, defending them and understanding diverse types of claim (high value, high volume, claims outside the UK) and the business and other demands of the various parties involved. Dave is a Non Executive Director of NOF Energy, the leading Energy sector Business Development organisation.

An independent ADR professional with a successful career spanning over three decades, Dave Armstrong has extensive experience of a broad range of clients and claims, from high-value international engineering disputes to small building claims. Whether mediating with wily negotiators or claimants new to and unsure of the mediation process, Dave consistently demonstrates a friendly approach combined with a direct and determination that gets results.

Ronald Bradbeer

Solicitor

Trained as a mediator in 1993 by CEDR, the market leader in all aspects of Mediation in the UK. For 10 years, Ronald combined his mediation practice with his litigation practice as Head of Litigation in Eversheds LLP in Newcastle until becoming a full time mediator and ADR Consultant for Eversheds for all its 50 offices around the world in 2002.

Ronald combines his dispute resolution mediation work with training lawyers in Eversheds and other major law firms, and also in training new mediators in most parts of the world, from Ireland, throughout the EU, Asia (including Turkey, Syria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and most recently in Mongolia and China).

Ronald has helped the parties to achieve settlements in 95% of his mediation dispute work, running well in to 4 figures now.His experience as a mediator and solicitor has given him massive experience of both the extensive knowledge of many and varied types of dispute material as well as the ability to help parties in mediation to handle stress up to and during mediation itself. The value of these disputes varies from £140M to those with no value in money terms but high in emotional value to the parties.

Michael Brown

Mediator

Trained as a mediator in 2003 by CEDR . Types of mediation work – Dispute Mediation: commercial, property, building, contract application, construction and industry disputes.

Mike specialises in contracts and disputes in the building, civils and construction industry. His 35 years as a practicing Quantity Surveyor specialising in contracts and all forms of disputes and dispute avoidance both nationally and internationally gives him a vast insight into how problems and disputes arise and the best way of settling them. Such experience and understanding forms the bedrock of understanding and assisting the Parties in Mediation.

Mike is also a trained Adjudicator and has been involved in many Adjudications. The constrained time frame of the Adjudication process has enabled Mike to build his skills in finding the source of a dispute as soon as possible thereby making him both a time and cost effective operative. These skills are implemented in the Mediation process so as to avoid unnecessary costs to the Mediating Parties.

 An independent dispute specialist and mediator with a successful career spanning over three decades, Mike has extensive experience of dealing with a broad range of clients and cultures nationally and abroad. His ability to understand and partake in discussions and forums whether face to face or as part of a larger team enables him to communicate effectively at all levels bringing a confidence to those in participation. Whether mediating with resistant or difficult negotiators or claimants who are keen to reach a settlement or are in Mediation for the first time, Mike’s relaxed but firm and determined approach has seen Parties get results when they felt there was no real initial hope of doing so.

Peter Fall

Chartered Building Surveyor

Following training by CEDR, Peter Fall qualified as a Mediator in 1994 and since then he has acted as the mediator in a great number of disputes. Principally disputes involving property or construction issues they have varied from, construction contract and building defect issues through to boundary, party wall and rights of way disputes as well as insurance, professional negligence and property ownership matters.

After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1970 Peter Fall joined the lecturing staff of Newcastle Polytechnic, specialising in building construction, maintenance and services. Starting his practice in 1971 he merged with the practice of J Alan Cowie in 1981 to form the practice of Peter Fall Cowie. Mr Fall retired from the practice in December 2004 to set up a new company Clear Building Surveys and take on the role of Director of Property for Eaga plc. Retiring in early 2011 Mr Fall re-established his private practice as Peter Fall Chartered Building Surveyor providing expert advice on Building Pathology and Dispute Resolution.

Malcolm Gregor

Mediator

Trained as a mediator by CEDR in 1992.Founder member of Northern Dispute Resolutions in 1995.

Qualified as solicitor in 1956. Now retired. From 1956 to 1999 in private practice. Extensive experience in civil litigation, acting both for claimant and defendant. Latterly, to a large extent engaged in professional indemnity work.

David Hilton

Mediator

Trained in 1998, David became a full time, generic mediator in 2000– Workplace/employment disputes, Education and Health Service issues, Equalities and Human Rights especially Disability related cases nationally. Civil and commercial casework followed his training with Clerks Room; also privately funded Family mediation provider.

David has mediated for hundreds of clients, using his exceptional skills to achieve a full resolution in over 80% of his casework. He was a member of the original team of mediators for the national Disability Conciliation Service and, following government reforms, of the Equalities Mediation Service. Workplace mediation was the focus of his initial training. By on-going CPD he built a client portfolio in a diverse range of work, building on his former experience of, and employment in, different sectors of Education. Victim-offender mediation training and Family mediation are also part of his experience. Disputes around Special Educational Needs and provision are another specialism as is Higher Education, whether for staff/employment issues or student/staff disputes and claims. Across these fields, David has helped parties achieve settlements, some involving tens of thousands of pounds.

Peter James Maughan

Solicitor

Trained as  Mediator in 1996 by ADR Group.  Subsequently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2004 and as a National and International Mediator by the Malta Mediation Centre in 2012.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a trained Arbitrator.  He undertakes all types of Mediation work other than Family and including Specialist Dispute Mediation in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

He is multi-accredited as a mediator. He has demonstrated mediation skills in mock mediations in University and Professional contexts. He has taught mediation skills to professionals including Hospital managers. He has mediated many types of disputes with enormously high success rates in commercial and neighbourhood disputes. He is a visiting international university lecturer and examiner.

He has dealt with a numerable amount of claims as a Solicitor having qualified in 1978.   He has acted mainly, although not exclusively, for Claimant and has been recognised in the leading National Solicitors Publications.  In 1995 he was the winner of the Solicitors Journal National Competition to find the country’s favourite Solicitor.  He has lectured in Mediation topics locally and nationally and is a visiting Lecturer in Mediation and External Examiner in Mediation for the university of Malta.

Robert Langley

Commercial Lawyer

Rob has been involved in commercial and building contracts for over 30 years. In addition to acting as negotiator or representative in more than 100 mediations for clients, he has also acted as mediator in 40 mediations, with 36 successful settlements. Rob is a strong supporter of the mediation process and is known for the acumen and gravitas which he brings to mediations. He also has particular experience of partnership and joint venture disputes.

He has successful experience of mediating not just building and engineering matters but also disputes over contested wills, landlord and tenant, personal injuries and many professional negligence claims.

He has advised on many contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments, supply contracts, development agreements and is familiar with all aspects of the construction industry from domestic house extensions to massive petrochemical complexes, large raised reservoirs and major infrastructure projects.

Rob's experience of energy projects covers oil and gas fabrication projects (rigs, jackets, terminals, pipelines, umbilicals, risers, sub-sea work, and FPSO conversion), numerous coal and oil fired power stations, wind turbine design and construction, liquid natural gas (storage, cryogenics, transportation, gasification and distribution), nuclear decommissioning, biomass, electricity distribution and supply, and energy from waste.

He also has wide experience of fabrication, pipe work, process plant, incineration, pharmaceutical and chemical plants, pressure vessels and associated civil and structural engineering works.

Muckle LLP is a niche commercial law firm based in Newcastle, England, working for clients throughout the UK and overseas. We combine low overheads with high standards and offer high quality service and a cost-effective alternative to London law firms. Rob Langley is head of Engineering and Construction.

Tim Wallis

Mediator

Tim has been a full time mediator since 2006 having trained as a mediator in 1994 (ADR Group). He mediates several claims every month throughout England and Wales and beyond.

Most of Tim’s mediation work involves disputes relating to professional indemnity, commercial, property, probate, public/product liability and personal injury claims. He also has experience of using mediation to reach industry deals involving bodies such as Association of British Insurance, the Civil Justice Council, Ministry of Justice and Claims Portal Limited.

Tim has dealt with many thousands of claims as a solicitor and a mediator, many being insurance related. Tim’s experience as a mediator, solicitor, and company director has given him a deep insight into how to turn difficult disputes into deals. This experience involves litigating claims, defending them and understanding diverse types of claim (high value, high volume, claims outside the UK) and the business and personal demands of the various parties involved. Tim is the independent Chairman of Claims Portal Limited and the GTA Technical Committee (credit hire). He edits the ADR section of the White Book (vol 2 sec 14).

Kevan Ward Carrick

Chartered Surveyor

Trained as a mediator in 1996 by CEDR, the market leader in Mediation UK, Kevan combines his mediation practice with his property consultancy services as Founder of JK Property Consultants LLP.

Commercial, negligence, partnership, property, construction, development, land and boundary matters, landlord & tenant, service charge, rent review, lease renewal, dilapidations, planningand viability in planning, housing, asset management and finance restructuring, negligence, and much more…

Kevan carries out a number of mediations each year and promotes the use of mediation as chairman of Northern Dispute Resolution Limited (by guarantee) to the wider market and specifically with training days in Alternative Dispute Resolution to graduates at the School of Law, Newcastle University and postgraduates at the School of Law, Northumbria University.

Kevan has helped parties to achieve settlement in many cases and has a high success rate, if not on the day, then shortly thereafter. The nature of the claims is mixed and varied, which has given him a wide experience to manage the stress and the circumstance leading to and through the mediation process.

Steve Crosland

Chartered FCIPD and ADR Group Accredited Mediator

Steve specialises in the resolution of workplace disputes, blending over 20 years business experience with excellent communication skills and a calm and reassuring inter-personal style. This has served him well in building trust and reaching solutions in situations of significant change and upheaval. He has dealt with many complex employee relations issues and disputes involving discipline and grievance at all seniority levels in various business sectors.

Steve has worked both in the UK and Europe with considerable success in forging effective partnerships and dealing with people as individuals who really do matter. He continues to successfully apply his approach and body of expertise to the process of mediation and coaching. This has improved the focus and performance of both individuals and the organisations they work for.

He is a fully accredited workplace panel mediator with the ADR Group and a panel member of NDR.

David Hilton
Mediator
Peter James Maughan
Solicitor
Robert Langley
Commercial Lawyer
Tim Wallis
Mediator
Kevan Ward Carrick
Chartered Surveyor
Steve Crosland
Chartered FCIPD and ADR Group Accredited Mediator