Bruce Bourne

MRICS, MCIArb, Chartered Surveyor, Commercial Mediator


Bruce has extensive experience (300+) of mediating commercial disputes relating not only to property but also probate, insurance and contract matters.Prior to entering the world of mediation Bruce had a career as a chartered surveyor. He left his post as the managing director of a national firm of Chartered Surveyors within a large property Plc. in 2010. Bruce therefore brings an extensive career in property based companies, as well as management skills, to the world of mediation and disputes.

Bruce’s popular style of mediating has resulted in his inclusion in the Chambers Directory in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Chambers 2017: He has an amazing skill in damping the emotions down and getting people to focus on the real world” while another praises his “very good leadership qualities” and “down -to-earth manner.”

Chambers 2016: “Bruce is praised for his ‘calm and collected’ approach to mediation and for remaining ‘really sensitive to all the parties’. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and predominately focuses on property disputes. He has additional substantive experience handling professional negligence claims.”

Chambers 2015: “Bruce Bourne marshals his experience as a chartered surveyor to bring a commercial and pragmatic approach to a wide array of mediations. He is experienced in areas such as property, and he enjoys a strong reputation for his assured disputes handling.” 

Chambers 2014: “Takes a gentle role, allowing the parties to let off steam, thereafter allowing the dispute to focus on facts rather than emotional baggage.”

He believes it is important to build rapport with parties by listening to and understanding their interpretation of how the dispute arose. This enables him to help them find a solution to their dispute which is acceptable to them.

Bruce is an elected member of the Civil Mediation Council board and is one of their Registered Mediators. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  


  • A very experienced mediator having mediated in excess of 300 commercial disputes.
  • A firm manner enables this positive yet approachable Mediator to be very successful.
  • Encourages trust and respect through a mixture of his professionalism and friendliness.
  • Brings to Dispute Resolution considerable experience in business and property.
  • Vast experience in managing disputes providing valuable input to aid settlement
  • Considerable familiarity and understanding of complicated multiparty disputes.
  • Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator

Key Skills

  • Patient, empathic listener and communicator throughout all levels.
  • Quickly gains a thorough perception of the issues in dispute and the party’s positions.
  • Ability to establish a trusting relationship with individuals and their advisors.
  • Excellent command of written and numerical matters.
  • Considerable experience in helping parties find a resolution to their dispute.


“I have used many mediators in recent years, and have been a mediator myself for the last 6 years, and Bruce is one of the best I have come across. He got the measure of the parties very quickly and was instrumental in enabling an agreement to be reached which allowed the disputants (neighbours) to move on with dignity. As a mediator, I found myself making a mental note of some of Bruce’s techniques”.

“I was delighted to work with Bruce in a commercial dispute. The issues were complex and trial seemed inevitable. However, Bruce’s pragmatic approach and determination to find a solution acceptable to all helped to resolve the issues efficiently and painlessly. His sense of humour was a definite bonus”.

“I was recently at a mediation where Bruce Bourne acted as Mediator.  Bruce presented a calm face in a difficult matter whilst offering pragmatic empathy to my client’s position.  He worked hard to build a rapport with my clients and gain their understanding. Settlement was aided by Bruce’s hands-on approach throughout the Mediation. Bruce stayed solutions focused despite the many hurdles that were presented.   I look forward to working with him again”.

“Bruce’s skill as a mediator was a major factor in reaching a settlement agreeable to both parties.  He was commercial, astute, responsive and encouraged the parties to ‘think outside the box’ which enabled a speedy resolution.  I look forward to using Bruce as a mediator again in the future and would recommend him to others”.

 “Mr Bourne clearly understood both parties’ positions and worked well to manage both sides of the mediation and the varied personalities involved. His assistance was greatly appreciated and it is clear that without his facilitation the parties would not have been able to reach an agreement. Please pass on our sincere thanks”.

Relevant Education

BSc Estate Management – 1976 to 1980

Professional Qualification:​

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Accredited Mediator – 2011.
  • Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – 1981. (Subsequently changed to Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Accredited Mediator – 2011.
  • Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – 1981. (Subsequently changed to Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).
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