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Mediator Sheelagh Robinson

Relevant Education/Qualifications

  • 2007 Birkbeck College/Institute of Family Therapy (“IFT”) NFM accredited training in family mediation training
  • 2006 Lewisham Action on Mediation Project 6 day mediation training
  • 2003 – 2006 Birkbeck College/IFT Merit, MSc Conflict Resolution & Mediation Studies
  • 2004 Mediator – CEDR accredited (6 day mediation training)
  • 1982 Qualified as a Solicitor, following 2 years training contract and successful completion of Law Society academic requirements
  • Background Education/Qualifications
  • BSc (Econ) – Philosophy from London University (LSE)

Mediation experience

County Court, mostly under the National Mediation Helpline (“NMH”) from May 2006 to date:

  • Assistant in 3 and co-mediator in 9 small claims mediations in Hitchin County Court dealing with such matters as outstanding debts or the sale of faulty goods or services.
  • Assistant in 16 mediations (lasting 3 to 8 hours) and sole mediator in 2 mediations, all under the NMH scheme dealing mainly with breaches of contract (including commercial contracts) and disputes relating to property.

Employment from May 2001 to date

  • In January 2009 mediated a dispute amongst employees, including the head teacher, in a private school and received very positive feedback.
  • In early 2008 co-mediated a case brought by someone alleging bullying and unfair dismissal against the chair of the management committee of a charity. The matter was resolved with agreement at the end of two separate mediation appointments.
  • From 2001, have represented clients in mediations of disputes, mainly involving claims of discrimination (race, sex or disability) brought by employees against various government departments or NHS bodies. Given the complexity of these cases many took some time to resolve.

Family from June 2008 to date

  • Volunteer mediator, at Lewisham Action on Mediation Project (“LAMP”)

Neighbourhood from September 2006 to date

  • Volunteer community mediator, at LAMP, have visited the parties in 9 disputes and co-mediated 14 different disputes

Panel membership:

Member of the following panels

  • LAMP – from July 2006
  • Specialist Mediators – from April 2008
  • LawWorks – from July 2008
  • Wandsworth Mediation Service – from March 2009
  • Effective Dispute Solutions Limited – from January 2009

Career History – Legal work

Government Legal Service (“GLS”), London, Solicitor, from May 1992 to February 2009

  • Consultant in Employment Law, Treasury Solicitors 2007 to 2009 – part time employment law consultant, chair of cross-Whitehall TUPE task force and member of the GLS ADR group
  • Team leader of Employment Team, Treasury Solicitors 2004 to 2007 Managing a team of 25 lawyers and support staff responsible for providing legal services (litigation and advisory) to a number of government departments and agencies on a broad range of employment law.
  • Encouraged team to use mediation, as opposed to court proceedings, when appropriate.
  • Member of GLS ADR group, encouraging the use of ADR cross-Whitehall
  • Used mediation skills in dealings with clients and in managing team
  • Chair of cross-Whitehall TUPE task force

Senior Principal Officer DH/DWP (Employment Lawyer) 1998-2004

  • Advising on all aspects of employment law, especially TUPE, and undertaking Employment Tribunal cases
  • Chaired DWP/DH ADR group raising awareness of various forms of ADR and also promoting and increasing the use of ADR within both Departments
  • Principal Officer DH/DWP (Advisory lawyer, specialising in primary health care ) 1995-1998 Drafting secondary legislation, in the form of Regulations, Orders, Orders in Council, relating to primary health care and part of a team involved in drafting primary legislation,
  • Drafted Directions and Regulations relating to the establishment of conciliation provision within the NHS, at both primary and secondary health care level.

Principal Officer DH/DWP (Litigation lawyer) 199 -1995 – general litigation lawyer

  • Having conduct of judicial review and employment cases

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Assistant Solicitor/ Deputy to the Neighbourhood Solicitor 1991-1992

  • General litigation lawyer, undertaking complex housing cases, personal injury cases and general litigation, providing advice on a broad range of local authority law, attending a range of committee meetings.

Sole Practitioner, London NW1 of a niche legal aid practice 1987 – 1991

  • Specialising in family law, housing law and administrative law. Also provided training on housing law (e.g. linked to relationship breakdown) for Shelter and National Council for One Parent Families and on welfare benefits for MIND

Tower Hamlets Law Centre, London E1, Locum Employment/Housing Lawyer, 1986 – 1987

  • Specialising in employment and housing law cases and supervising casework and pro bono lawyers at pro bono advice sessions at several venues in the Borough

Open University, tutor, 1985 – 1992, 2000 to 2002

  • Law tutor teaching family & employment law at summer school and latterly administrative law/crime throughout the academic year

Messrs Hudgell Yeates & Co., London SE3

  • Trainee Solicitor then Assistant Solicitor in a local legal aid firm, 1980 – 1986 Specialising in family law & conveyancing /probate after 2 years spent as trainee

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