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We would also like to convey our thanks and appreciation for your expert guidance in reaching a resolution. This is a great burden off our shoulders and one that will allow us to continue focussing on the future welfare of our company.

Bharat Panchal

Director, Mercia Facilities Management Ltd

Phil mediated in a case of mine in which my client was in dispute with his former partners in relation to his outgoing entitlement. Employing a calm, measured and realistic approach – which spread to the parties – Phil managed to bridge what appeared to be a wide divide and helped the parties to a settlement. I think that he also helped the parties restore their previous relationship, at least to some extent.

Charles Maher

Solicitor, Chenery Maher Solicitors

An outstanding mediator dealing with an intractable problem. Patient, relaxed but determined to ensure a level playing field between the warring neighbours. First class. You may struggle to find a better mediator in a really difficult case.

Julian Shaw

Barrister, St John's Buildings Chambers

This was a difficult mediation with no co-operation from the other side. The mediator was fundamental in turning this round enabling us to reach settlement by the end of the day.

Fiona Henderson

R J Kiln & Co Ltd

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From the blog

Ames v Jones & Ors 2016

This is ultimately a sad story because the successful litigant had to endure over three years of uncertainty and presumably some unrecoverable costs whilst the losing party ended up with combined legal costs of £132,000. Those costs probably exceed any award the court was likely to make to her on the facts of this case.… Continue Reading

What value do Mediators add?

I often mediate contentious probate disputes and personal injury claims. Solicitors in both these fields regularly use Joint Settlement Meetings (JSMs) to try and settle cases with good results. So why add a layer of expense by involving a mediator? What added value does a mediator bring? There are two areas where mediators assist –… Continue Reading

One day lad all this will be yours …

The “King” in the recent Court of Appeal case of King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue & Anor sadly wasn’t the King of Swamp Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That king famously said to Prince Herbert “One day lad, all this will be yours” and he wasn’t just talking about the curtains.… Continue Reading

First Aid for Contentious Probate Disputes

When I mediate contentious probate disputes the parties have usually already run up legal bills in the tens of thousands of pounds. It has got me thinking that an ounce of prevention might be better than a pound of cure. A much earlier intervention could help parties avoid legal costs which might themselves act as… Continue Reading

Talking to the other side – Ouija board not required

I wrote an article for the Modern Law Magazine Probate Supplement recently. I was talking about my view that parties can lose a lot of the potential benefits of a mediation when they decide not to meet with the other party. I think it is something the parties and their representatives should give a lot… Continue Reading