David S Black

Mediator David S Black CAREER

Graduate of the University of St Andrews (BSc. (Hons) – Chemistry).

Trained as chartered accountant with KPMG Thomson McLintock in Glasgow. Subsequently worked for several firms in the UK and overseas.

Joined McLarens Toplis, a large firm of loss adjusters, in 1988 as an insurance claims accountant based in Birmingham.

Promoted to associate director in 1993 and left in 1997.

Now specialises in the provision of mediation, litigation support and claims consultancy services as a partner with HW Forensic.

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (CA) – 1978, Chartered Insurance Practitioner (ACII) – Qualified as associate in 1990, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (ACILA) – 1992, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (FCILA) – 1997, FUEDI European Loss Adjusting Expert (ELAE) – 1999, Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) – 2000, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb) – 2002, Accredited by ADR Chambers (UK) as a Mediator – 2006.

EXPERIENCE

Mediator David S Black, mediations have included disputes on business disposal warranties, construction, insurance claims handling, actions involving liquidations, boundaries, telecoms and professional negligence effects. Experience includes time limited mediations. Has been involved in commercial and neighbourhood mediations and helped achieve resolution of disputes.

An experienced Expert Witness acting for claimants, defendants and as a single joint expert, appearing in Court in a variety of circumstances and has contributed to the successful resolution of disputes and claims by negotiation including those relating to estates.

Mediator David S Black, panel member of Association of Midland Mediators (AMM) & Effective Dispute Solutions Limited (EDSL). Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI). Member of BIBA West Midlands Liability and Consequential Loss Society and of BILA. Panel member of ICAEW Presidential Appointments Scheme for expert determination of business disputes. Past President of a local insurance institute. URC Synod officer and charity trustee. Contributor of articles in legal, insurance and accountancy magazines and newsletters. Seminar presenter on a variety of valuation, claims and dispute related and insurance industry topics.

Maz Adam Iqbal

Mediator Maz Adam Iqbal,was called to the Bar: 14th October 1999, Inner Temple – nominated by His Honourable Lord Justice Laws of the Royal Courts of Justice

Practice areas

  • Commercial including Debt Recovery and Contractual Disputes
  • Civil including Personal Injury, RTA/motor claims, Occupiers Liability
  • Consumer including Holiday Claims
  • Property including Mortgage repossessions
  • Mediation/ADR

Mediation

  • Accredited Mediator, Trained by ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd
  • Trained in Telephone Mediations
  • Trained in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
  • Trained in Time Limited Mediations (Court Schemes & National Mediation Help line)
  • Member, Civil Mediation Council
  • Mediation Advisor, Manchester Mediation Advice Scheme (Launched April 2004). Appointed by the Department of Constitutional Affairs
  • Featured on www.venables.co.uk/adr.htm under ADR Providers
  • Featured in the Approved Bar Council List of Barrister Mediators
  • Adjudicator, The Dispute Service (Tenant Deposit Disputes)

Mediation Panel Memberships

  • Personal Injury Mediation Panel (RaPID), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Association of Northern Mediators
  • Manchester Law Society Mediation
  • Association of Midland Mediators
  • LawWorks Mediation (Pro Bono)
  • Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Non-Mediation Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Employment History

  • Advocacy Clerk, Antony Hodari Solicitors 1999-2000
  • Legal Advisor, Thompsons Solicitors 2000-2003
  • Employment Lawyer, British Medical Association 2003
  • Trent Chambers, Chamber of Ms U Sood 2004-2006
  • Clerksroom & Chambers of Mr J Dingle 2004-2008
  • Chambers of M Iqbal (Sole Practitioner) 2009-Present

Other Appointments

  • Director, West Street Plaza Management Company
  • Director, Broughton House Management Company
  • Director, Leopold Square Management Company
  • Partner, Property Management Eye LLP
  • TV Presenter, Legal Network TV
  • Speaker, BPP Professional Education
  • Editor, Legal Guide Dog on Consumer Law

Publications

  • Employee Extravaganza, Leeds & Yorkshire Lawyer, Issue 17 – November 2002
  • Buying on the Internet & Consumer Protection, Society of Computers & Law Internet Site
  • Sexuality Explored – Analysis of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, ELA Briefing, Vol 10, No. 8, Sept/Oct 2003
  • Tenancy Deposit – Adjudication Guidance – Sheffield City Council Responsible Landlord Scheme Newsletter, Issue 17, Summer 2008
  • Inventories – Compelling Evidence – Residential Property Investor (Residential Landlord Association) May/June 2011
  • Finding the Perfect Lettings Agent – Residential Property Investor (Residential Landlord Association) May/June 2011
  • Who’s for Leftovers? – Discussion of the law surrounding the legal responsibility of agents/landlords of tenant belongings – Residential Property Investor (Residential Landlord Association) Sept/Oct 2011 Seminars & Presentations
  • Tenancy Deposit Adjudication: An Adjudicator\’s Perspective
  • Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures, The Employment Act 2002
  • Employment Act 2002: An Employers Guide
  • Buying on the Internet & Consumer Protection
  • Setting Up – A Guide to Business Ownership and Formation
  • Let’s Resolve Matters – Commercial Dispute Resolution, ADR & Negotiation
  • I’m A Father – What Are My Rights?
  • Running a Small Claims Track Case
  • Bullying in the Workplace

Relevant Education

Bar Vocational Course: Competent (Inns of Court School of Law)

LLB Law (Honours) Upper Second Class

Key Strengths

  • Excellent advocacy and drafting skills
  • Building strong rapport with clients
  • Flexible and practical approach
  • Efficient turn around on all paperwork
  • Current business and employer experience
  • Full understanding of the property market
  • Full understanding of financial advice and FSA regulation

Additional Information

Being a partner in 2 property companies and principal in my own financial services company alongside my practice as a barrister and mediator, enables me to use my business acumen, position as an employer and property and financial services experience to assist business clients in a realistic, practical manner when faced with legal matters as understanding the mechanisms of business together with speedy and cost effective dispute resolution is fundamental to any business.

Umran Sadiq

CAREER AND PERSONAL OVERVIEW

From a grammar school background Umran studied law in Leicester and Birmingham. He commenced his training contract at Southall & Co solicitors (Birmingham) in 1996 and upon qualification as a solicitor in 1998 was entrusted with a management role at one of the Firm’s offices. In 1999 he joined Davisons Solicitors (Birmingham) and within one year was running the civil litigation group at the Firm. He became a partner in 2004 and currently manages two key offices. He continues to head the litigation team and is also responsible for the Firm’s risk management and professional indemnity affairs.

Umran acquired accreditation as a mediator from ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd and is a member of the Association of Midlands Mediators as well as a mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited.

Umran has a wide range of experience in general civil and commercial litigation with a particular specialism in construction and property disputes, professional and clinical negligence cases, personal injury, contested probate and Inheritance Act claims and employment issues.

Working in the litigation field Umran has also acted as a Solicitor Advocate on numerous occasions including successfully representing clients at trial.

The substantial experience acquired as a mediator, solicitor and advocate, in addition to key skills as a negotiator in litigation, with good interpersonal skills enhance the abilities necessary as a mediator to provide parties with great prospects of successfully settling their dispute at mediation.

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE

Umran has been involved in numerous mediations covering a wide variety of areas in general civil and commercial litigation, acting in both a representative capacity and as mediator and/or assistant mediator.  Examples of a few of the mediations include:

  • Commercial dispute between hotel owners and architect about delay in preparation of plans and obtaining planning permission for hotel extension (£2 million claim);
  • Construction dispute between a property owner and builder with regard to standard of refurbishment works (£500,000 claim);
  • Commercial Lease dispute for forfeiture with possession action in relation to a public house with counterclaim for breach of trade support agreement and misrepresentation;
  • Commercial dispute arising from illegal forfeiture action with counterclaim for payment and apportionment of rental liability (£100,000 claim);
  • Professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors for under-settling of personal injury claim for their client (£25,000 claim);
  • Disputed probate and Inheritance Act claim brought by former wife against the Deceased\\\’s Estate;
  • Employer and employee dispute involving respective disciplinary and grievance procedures being pursued;
  • Family dispute between brother and sister in relation to testamentary wishes of parent in contested Will and in relation to running of family business;
  • Contractual dispute between builder and property owner in relation to works, fees levied, disputed additional fees with counterclaim for refund of monies (£300,000 counter-claim).

SOLICITOR ADVOCATE EXPERIENCE

Umran has successfully represented clients as their Advocate at trial, such as for:

  • Claimant in securing full indemnity in a Part 20 Claim against him for the recovery of hire charges paid to hire company asserted by him to have been fraudulently claimed;
  • Claimant in pursuit of personal injury claim under the Occupiers Liability Act and against employer for failing to comply with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Additional spoken languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
  • Personal Professional liability insurance as a Mediator.