Robin Lea

BSc Mech Engineering, Commercial Mediator
  • 2003 CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • 2004 ADR Group Accredited Mediator
  • 20 years mediation experience
  • Specialisms, building, construction, family business, partnership, commercial contracts, landlord & tenant, professional negligence

Professional Background – Current

• South West Mediation, independent commercial mediator
• A wide range of mediation experience and a high settlement rate
• Substantial commercial / industrial management experience at Director level
• Independent consultant – managing and advising industrial and commercial organisations at the sharp end – including business planning and development, corporate strategy and organisational restructuring


  • Until August 2005 Dispute Resolution Unit Business Manager and Mediator with Lyons Davidson, Bristol. Set up ADR unit from scratch in 2001
  • Experience with Trades Union disputes and negotiations with EEF, Bristol
  • International business consultancy. USA, Australia and Europe
  • Managing Director of medium sized business for ten years
  • Wide experience in HR field as HR Director

Mediation Qualifications

  • CEDR accredited mediator 2003
  • ADR Group accredited mediator 2004
  • CEDR Time Limited Mediation Training – July 2004
  • CEDR Court annexed / time limited mediation Training – July 2004
  • Member Civil Mediation Council
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited
  • South West Mediation panel member

Mediation Experience

  • Completed over seventy mediations and achieved a settlement rate of 80% including:
  • Building & construction disputes
  • Family business / partnership dispute
  • Commercial contracts disputes – Landlord & Tenant
  • Professional negligence claim
  • Supplier / customer disputes
  • Environmental /contamination disputes
  • A variety of Court annexed / time limited mediations
  • Advising Bristol County Court in setting up Court annexed mediation scheme 2003
  • Advising Bath County Court in setting up Court annexed mediation scheme 2004/5
  • Gloucester County Court DCA Mediator Rep for Mediation Awareness Week 2006
  • DCA /HMCS appointed mediation rep Bath CC & Court Steering Group Committee Member Dispute resolution / mediation presentations to various local Business groups
  • South West Mediation services, equally covers the whole UK

Mediation Style

  • Robin’s mediation style is commercially focused and pragmatic, yet friendly and relaxed. He encourages each party to assess their litigation risks and seek commercially viable solutions.
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