Engaged as a mediator in a range of cases, involving commercial, partnership, probate and inheritance disputes.
Acted as Chairman of Social Security Tribunal for many years, hearing appeals about claims for benefits and listening to arguments on behalf of claimants and government departments.
Previously Secretary and President of Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society.
Coming from a background of civil litigation, I have long been convinced of the importance of mediation as one way and a very effective way of resolving disputes. It –
- allows parties in a risk-free and confidential setting to ventilate their dispute
- enables them, with the assistance of the mediator, to see the strengths and weaknesses of their position
- most importantly, mediation puts the actual parties (aided by their advisors) in control of the situation and responsible for the outcome.