Tim Wallis

"“Calm, professional and sensible. Treated clients with respect. Thorough preparation, understood the issues well, helped the parties focus on the positives and negatives of their case… A well-structured process without the need for expensive extras, concentrating on core areas of dispute.”Tim Berg, Short Richardson and Forth, LLP"

An independent mediator with a successful mediation career spanning two decades, Tim Wallis has extensive experience of a broad range of clients and claims, from individual personal cases to high-value multi-party and international disputes. Whether mediating with hard-nosed negotiators or claimants new to and unsure of the mediation environment, Tim consistently demonstrates extraordinary empathy combined with a direct and determined approach that gets results.

Why Choose Tim?
  • Extensive professional experience - As well as over 20 years’ experience as a mediator, Tim has more than 30 years’ experience as a solicitor in many areas of litigation, and over 20 years’ experience at the board table, leading and chairing often challenging partners’ meetings and directors’ board meetings.
  • People-focused, commercially minded - With a natural ability to connect with people and build bridges, Tim also has the utmost clarity of purpose, able to see the bigger legal and business pictures and steer individuals to resolutions that satisfy both personal and commercial ends..
  •  Recognised mediation expert - Tim contributes the ADR section in the White Book. He has also authored various articles on mediation for various legal journals, and written the ADR chapters in APIL Personal Injury Law Practice and Precedents – as well as running mediation training courses.

Tim can travel across the UK and throughout Europe for mediation work.

Areas of Expertise

Tim’s mediation experience covers multi-party claims, international (USA, Europe, Australia), business-to-business and business-to-consumer disputes, and local authority issues (health, education) – focusing particularly on the following areas:

Insurance

Professional indemnity, RTA, EL, PL, property, product liability, subrogated claims, fraud, credit hire.

Commercial

Partnership/shareholder disputes, contract, intellectual property, insolvency, construction, chancery litigation.

Personal injury

Multi-track/catastrophic/fatal, clinical negligence, stress, bullying, harassment, disease claims.

Property

Access/boundary, agricultural, landlord/tenant, housing association disputes.

Probate

Inheritance/contested wills.

Tim has also successfully mediated disputes involving costs, industry negotiations, workplace/employment, and with disputes involving professionals and their regulatory bodies.

MEDIATION APPROACH/STYLE

Like many mediators I have considerable relevant experience as a solicitor and litigator.

My experience as a company director, senior partner and committee chairman is often helpful.

As a mediator I have a direct, determined, people-centric, reality testing approach with a relentless focus on getting a deal done.

From a technical perspective I have experience with:

  • Facilitative mediation: This is what might be termed routine or conventional mediation and is by far away the most common type of mediation used in this jurisdiction.
  • Time limited mediation: I have many years experience of 4 hour mediations and have also observed the Andrew Fraley 3 hour model several times.
  • Telephone mediation: following training in telephone mediation about 5 years ago (Law Works and Andrew Fraley) I have delivered this on many occasions.
  • Online mediation: I trained on online mediation with Graham Ross some years ago and have developed relationships with leading online providers (Modria Inc, ODRO) with a view to developing online mediation.
  • Deal mediation: My work with the Civil Justice Council, Ministry of Justice, Claims Portal Limited and the ABI GTA Technical Committee is all predicated on using mediation skills to make, secure and maintain high value deals (worth 7 figures +) rather than resolving disputes after the event.
  • Transformative mediation: I attended a training course in November 2013 on this model of mediation which has now become established in the USA and I am developing my experience in this area.
Professional Memberships

Civil Mediation Council, Law Society (former member of Civil Litigation and ADR Committees), Civil Justice Council (founder member, last term of office expired 2014 and former Chair of Disputes Resolution Committee), American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section).

Panels: Expedite Mediation (Director), Trust Mediation (Director)North West Mediation Solutions, Mediation Cumbria, Northern Dispute Resolutions (Director), Association of Northern Mediators.

What Tim Says?

“My particular interests lie in ‘unsettleable’ cases and multi party claims. I enjoy a challenge! I count myself lucky to have developed a broad range of experience in many types of dispute.”

“I believe in preparation, persistence and a people-based approach to mediation, while maintaining a strong sense of humour.”

What other people say / Testimonials

In 2014 Tim received two awards:

  • Claims Innovation Awards 2014: Lifetime Achievement Award. (Awarded to Tim Wallis.)
  • Personal Injury Awards 2014: Mediation Achiever of the Year. (Awarded to Tim Wallis – Trust Mediation.)

“I have every confidence in Tim as my first choice of mediator.”

Jane Welburn, Ringrose Law


“Tim was committed to try and resolve the dispute and put in additional work prior to the mediation to start the day with a good understanding and save time on the day itself, which ensured the day concluded at a reasonable hour.”

Mark Aspin, Cartmell Shepherd


“Tim Wallis, is adept at dealing with entrenched and acrimonious parties!”

Elizabeth Granger, Llewellyn-Jones Solicitors


“He has such a calming influence”

“He makes both sides feel that they have won”

“He is the only mediator I would ever use”

Kerry Millward, Amelans Solicitors