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I was accredited as a Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London in 2003. I have been engaged as the Mediator in more than a dozen formal mediations, and many informal disputes ranging in value from US$ 50k to US$ 1 billion. The highest value dispute was successfully resolved through an evaluative process where I led a team of 15 construction professionals over a period of 18 months resulting in settlement.

Clients have included high net worth individuals, major international corporations as well as international law firms of repute. My mediation skills reflect experience gained over a long career in the law and commerce embracing aerospace, construction and engineering contracts, joint ventures, employment, project financing, insurance/reinsurance, intellectual property, carriage of goods by sea, international franchise and company/commercial law. Recent instructions have included final account disputes as well as disputes up and down the construction main and subcontract chain as well as Shareholder and Joint Venture disagreements.

The majority of the mediations I accept involve a significant element of cross-cultural misunderstanding and the appreciation and application of international norms normally associated with Public or Private International Law issues. I have particular experience of dealing with Governments, developers and contractors from different parts of the world from both civil and common law backgrounds. Long experience of living in the Far East and Middle East together with my European background allows me to successfully probe and challenge party positions in a sensitive way leading to the correction of cultural misunderstanding frequently unpinning a dispute. I have lectured in Mediation for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and I have delivered introduction and accreditation courses in Dubai, Doha and Bangkok. I was also a guest lecturer in Mediation on the LLM (Construction) course at the British University of Dubai for several years.

I undertake both facilitative and evaluative cases as well as Expert Determination and other bespoke forms of alternative dispute resolution. If you have issues with an international business relationship please get in touch for a preliminary consultation to see if mediation is appropriate for your disagreement.

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