Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji

Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji

The lead Mediator and Director of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited is Harvinder Singh Bhurji. Since 2002 he has been actively involved in alternative dispute resolution, as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Conciliator, Mediation Trainer, Tutor and Assessor.

Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji Mediation Qualifications & Accreditations

Harvinder is a law graduate, a Qualified Dispute Resolver and an Accredited Commercial Mediator through CEDR, the Academy of Experts and the ADR Group, an Accredited Workplace and Community Mediator through UK Mediation, a Mediation Tutor and Accreditation Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Commercial Mediation training programme and is on their approved faulty list for whom he teaches and assesses for in the UK and overseas, as well as a qualified Manager through the Chartered Management Institute and holds a Certificate In Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji Mediation Experience

  • Mediated over 500 civil &commercial, workplace & employment and family disputes across all sectors.
  • Several testimonials recommending Harvinder as a mediator.
  • 90% success rate.
  • Mediated disputes with a value of a few hundred pounds to millions of pounds.
  • Over a decades experience.
  • Experienced in face to face, time limited, court referred & telephone mediations.
  • Mediated disputes between two parties as well as multi parties.
  • Harvinder fluently speaks English as well as Punjabi, understands Hindi and Urdu and regularly mediates with clients who are unable to speak English and only these languages.
  • He has written and submitted mediation articles to various publications.
  • Assisting with the research into Court based mediation schemes commissioned by the then Department of Constitutional Affairs.
  • He and Effective Dispute Solutions Limited hold professional liability insurance, copies of which are available on request.

Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji Mediation Panel Memberships

Harvinder Singh Bhurji is a member of the following;

  • The Academy of Experts
  • ADR Group
  • ADR Services
  • Association of Midlands Mediators
  • British Marine Federation Dispute Resolution Scheme
  • CEDR’s 125 mediation scheme
  • CEDR Exchange
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Civil Mediation
  • Council Clerksroom
  • IDRS Immediation
  • Manchester Law Society
  • Mediators In East Anglia
  • National Mediator Database
  • National Mediation Helpline
  • Oxcheps Higher Education Mediation Services
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Neighbour Dispute Panel
  • Sandwell Consumer Support Network
  • Sandwell Council’s Housing Arbitration Panel
  • Specialist Mediators

 

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.

Dr Michael Butterworth

Mediator Dr Michael Butterworth is available to undertake all aspects of Commercial, Civil and Community mediation, including claims in the County Court to multi-party, high value claims.  Mediator Dr Michael Butterworth is also able to advise, and negotiate, in most types of dispute and dispute resolution. In the last 12 months Mediator Dr Michael Butterworth has been involved in over 50 disputes and mediated in over 20 of them with a 77% success rate.

Professional Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • 1992 LLM (Cardiff) [Master in Law]
  • 2004 Accredited as a mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2004
  • MCIArb [Mediator Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators]
  • 2006 Accredited as a mediator by the ADR Group

Mediation Experience:

Commercial mediator in a number of disputes including, but not restricted to:

  • Breach of contract
  • Commercial & business, including franchising, finance, & sale & supply of goods
  • Misrepresentation
  • Public services including local authorities
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Supply of services
  • Transport including railways, airlines and aviation
  • Racial harassment
  • Wills and Probate
  • Banking services
  • Contractor
  • Property
  • Building works and services
  • Boundary disputes
  • Institutional
  • Professional disagreement, including partnership disputes
  • Professional fees
  • County Court time-limited (fast tract and multi-track) mediations
  • Multi-party mediations

Richard Cavadino

Mediator Richard Cavadino

POSITION

Director

Mediator Richard Cavadino QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1974 BSc Quantity Surveying Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1976 Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • 1988 Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • 2009 Awarded Accredited Mediator Status

EMPLOYMENT

  • 1988 – Variously Proprietor and Senior Partner and currently Managing Director Richard Cavadino and Associates Limited
  • 1986-1988 Partner, Rex Procter and Partners, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, Leeds
  • 1980-1986 Associate Rex Procter and Partners
  • 1975-1980 Senior Quantity Surveyor, Davis Belfield and Everest, London
  • 1974-1975 Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Davis Belfield and Everest, Leeds

Mediator Richard Cavadino Experience:

Chartered Quantity Surveyor covering all aspects of quantity surveying both pre and post contract on a variety of building projects

  • Evaluation of contractor’s claims
  • Employer’s Agent and Contract Administrator on major building contracts
  • Expert witness advising on quantum in dispute resolution
  • Accredited RICS Mediator

Selection of previous and current projects

As Quantity Surveyor:

  • New Casino Scarborough £5,000,000
  • New build Church of St Patrick for Diocese of Leeds – £850,000
  • New build Church of St Phillip for Diocese of Leeds – £700,000
  • Renovations and Extensions to St Urbans Church Leeds for Diocese of Leeds – £520,000
  • Leeds Metropolitan University: Projects from £1,000,000 to £5,000,000
  • Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool for Harrogate Borough Council value £6,500,000
  • New Arrivals Facility for Leeds Bradford International Airport value £7,100,000
  • New Preparatory school for Wakefield Girls High School value £2,600,000
  • Refurbishment and extension to Retail Park for ASDA Property Holdings value £2,200,000
  • New Superstore Barton-upon-Humber for the Proudfoot Group

As Employer’s Agent/Contract Administrator and QS

  • 23 apartments at Oliver’s View Scarborough – £1,800,000
  • Industrial units at Newcastle for Gladedale Capital plc – £4,500,000
  • Refurbishment of Recovering Alcoholics Hostel in Leeds for St George’s Crypt – £500,000
  • Refurbishment and extensions to St George’s Crypt Leeds to provide overnight accommodation for the homeless. This was the subject of a successful £1 million grant bid to Central Government prepared by Richard Cavadino
  • Currently employed by Peel Developments working up a number of schemes including:
  • Retail Park Extensions and Refurbishment at Blackburn – £12 million
  • Part new-build and part refurbishment Retail Park Corby – £5,000,000
  • Retail Scheme at Stockport for Peel Developments – £2,200.000 – completed
  • Hotel – Teeside Airport
  • 70 new private houses for Capricorn Homes, Streethouse Wakefield – £5,000,000
  • New multi-storey car park for Harrogate Borough Council value £3,500,000
  • New Leisure Centre for Ripon City Council value £1,800,000
  • New Departure Lounge for Leeds Bradford International Airport value £2,200,000
  • New Exhibition Hall for Harrogate International Centre value £2,300,000
  • Retail Park, Rochdale for Kingsway Rochdale Ltd value £2,500,000
  • Banqueting Suite for Leeds United – £2,000,000
  • New stand for Leeds United value £6,500,000
  • New stand for Carlisle United AFC value £2,500,000
  • Consultant to Rochdale Council for new Leisure Centre at Middleton value £13,000,000
  • New Hall at St Anne’s Cathedral Leeds for Diocese of Leeds – £750,000
  • Restoration of The Ropewalk at Barton-upon-Humber for the Proudfoot Group

Mediator Richard Cavadino has also provided a number of Expert Witness reports on construction disputes and as a RICS accredited mediator has mediated a number of disputes in construction and property-related matters.

David Daly

Mediator David Daly SPECIALISMS

Property, Commercial, Employment/Discrimination YEAR OF PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION: 1979
YEAR OF MEDIATOR ACCREDITATION: 2004

Mediator David Daly CAREER HISTORY

Captain in Army legal Corps 1981-2 (Germany)
Experience in Solicitor’s Office 1982 (Orpington)
Employed Barrister L. B. Bromley 1983-6
Employed Barrister L.B. Southwark 1986-93
Barrister Arden Chambers 1993-5
Barrister Tanfield Chambers 1995 and continuing.

Advising and acting as advocate in a large number of disputes concerning property, landlord and tenant, local government, planning, housing, employment and discrimination, professional negligence, wills and probate.

Mediator David Daly  MEDIATION EXPERIENCE

Total Number of Mediations so far completed as mediator (110+). Please see also Bar Council Website where I am listed as a Mediator in their top category (30 +)

I am on the panel as a Mediator for the following DCA approved organisations: CEDR Solve, Specialist Mediators, ADR Net, Lawworks, Wandsworth Mediation Services and Devon and Exeter Law Society.

My longer mediations have tended to be to do with Land or Employment e.g. boundary disputes, Leasehold Reform Act disputes, Landlord and Tenant disputes, disrepair, stress at work, work-place, contractual bonus disputes.

Some examples of mediated Disputes where I acted as Mediator: a disrepair dispute which lasted 8.5 hours, involved 4 parties and was originally valued at £200,000. An agreement was achieved.

Dispute between Housing Association and Leaseholders over disrepair of 250 dwellings – originally valued at £5,000,000. The Leaseholders were represented by 5 individuals who had been the leading representatives of the Residents Association which had folded. They intended to reform the resident’s association and persuade the leaseholders to accept any agreement reached. Interestingly the normal position on confidentiality was varied at the start of the mediation to allow publicity to be given to any agreement. Agreement reached at £200,000 after 11.5 hours.

Claim for £200,000 for flood damage to Chemist’s shop. Settled at £103,000 after 8.5 hours-

Dispute between leaseholder and joint freeholders involving 4 parties – originally valued at £200,000. Settlement was reached on the day-3 parties (all freeholders and family members) would each pay £22,000 to 4thparty (a Leaseholder-one of the biggest property companies in London)for disrepair.

Leaseholder dispute in which a leaseholder claimed damages from the owner of the flat above, whose building works had caused the ceiling to fall in. The consequential noise and disturbance was the main subject of the dispute. Mediation settled on the day.

Commercial leaseholder claim arising out of the fact that the lease had made no provision for access to the toilets for office staff. Also included claim for disrepair. Settlement was reached on the day.

Dispute under Leasehold Reform Act regarding claim to purchase the freehold of a property worth £200,000. Settled on the day of mediation.

Bitter and complex dispute between two neighbouring building companies over rights of access and inappropriate erection of scaffolding. Mediation settled on the day.

Two neighbours had locked horns in the Chancery Division of the High Court on the issue of refusal of access to back garden and boundary encroachment. Settlement was reached on the day

Dispute under the European Agency Regulations involving payment of fees to an agent by his principal. Settlement on the day of mediation.

Claim 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.

Constructive dismissal and stress claim.  Settlement was reached on the day.

Trusts of Land and Family Provision dispute-estate worth £250,000. Deceased died at 42 leaving alleged partner, Mum and Dad and his two Brothers. Two Brothers denied relationship with partner existed over 2 years immediately before death. Agreed  partner should have house + £30,000 -no costs either side.

Freezing Injunction sought where allegedly negligent Solicitor had placed charge on house for unpaid fees. Freezing Injunction lifted by agreement. Company to whom charge had been sold receives £70,000 and charge removed. Mediation lasted 8 hours and occurred on the coldest and snowiest day in London for 18 years

Damages claim under Data Protection Act. Alleged by Claimant because she had been put on a list by a finance company in error as a bad credit-risk for 2 years she had lost the chance to purchase her Council house. Damages claimed at £360,000. Settled by agreement at £20,000 each side to bear their own costs.

Mediator David Daly  Court Schemes in which he has participated as a Mediator:

  • Hitchin County Court
  • Central London County Court
  • Exeter County Court
  • Guildford County Court
  • Basildon County Court
  • Uxbridge County Court.

I devised (using the DCA toolkit) and was the sole mediator for the Small Claims Mediation Scheme at Hitchin County Court dealing with commercial mediations of all sorts e.g. landlord and tenant disputes, disastrous holidays, contractual disputes, goods not fit for purpose, unpaid professional fees, building contracts etc. The Scheme finished in May 2007 with the appointment of an in-house mediator

Also a volunteer Neighbourhood Mediator with Lewisham Lamp

Personal Style and Feedback

“David has authority when dealing with procedural issues but he is not authoritarian. Parties find it easy to relax with him. He likes to work hard for agreement and does not let the grass grow under his feet.”

“I would like to personally thank you for your enthusiasm, flexibility and hard work”

“You are the “smiliest” mediator I have ever met!”

“I would characterise the mediator’s style as relaxed, informal, sensible and encouraging”

“He was very approachable, used plain language for litigant in person and gave helpful time warnings”

Training:

July 2002 – Mediation Course provided by the General Council of the Bar (1 day)
August 2004 – CEDR Accredited Commercial Mediator
April 2006 – CEDR Registered Commercial Mediator (Registered status no longer exists)
July 2007 – ADR Group Commercial Mediator

I have a special interest in time limited mediation and have appeared on a panel during a training event provided by Lawworks answering questions on small claims mediation alongside James Rustidge of Manchester County Court. My CPD Mediator Training is currently fully up to date

Mediator David Daly Memberships

Housing Law Practitioners Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Planning and Environment Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Civil Mediation Council
Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Roderick O’Driscoll

Mediator Roderick O Driscoll, Rod is a Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator, a Notary Public and a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Roderick was admitted as a solicitor in 1967 and has specialised in Construction and commercial matters for over thirty years. He became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1991 and an accredited mediator in 1996. As well as acting in a private capacity in the above, he has for the last ten years or so lectured and run courses for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and others in all forms of ADR. His experience has primarily included the resolution of commercial disputes, all forms of building and civil engineering projects both here and abroad and, as a solicitor, he has had a full working experience of the Court practices and systems.

Educational and training:

  • Ampleforth College, Yorkshire
  • The Law Society
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Mediator Roderick O Driscoll Current Professional Activities:

  • Practising Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Legal Adviser on all ADR matters
  • Course lecturer, tutor, and examiner
  • Provision of Notarial Services

Mediator Roderick O Driscoll Legal Professional History

March 1957 to March 1962 – Articled to the Rt. Hon. Lewis Silkin – Minister of Town & Country Planning of Lewis Silkin & Partners, Stories Gate, Westminster, London

March 1962 Qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court and became Partner in Lewis Silkin & Partners practising from London

March 1970 Appointment as Notary Public

1972 – 2001 Senior Partner in Roderick O’Driscoll & Partners, Maidstone, Kent specialising in commercial, industrial and building disputes principally in the High Court. Practising advocate in Magistrates, County Courts and Official Referee’s Court with experience of Court of Appeal and House of Lords. Involvement in Official Referee’s Court (now Technology and Construction Court) as advocate and instructing solicitor relating to disputes concerned with general construction matters. Instructed by many large companies in Europe and throughout the world dealing in a number of international cases.

2001 – 2008 Senior Partner in Gulland & Gulland, Maidstone, Kent as Head of Construction and Arbitration Department.

Mediator Roderick O Driscoll Memberships and associated activities

  • The Law Society of England.
  • The Institute of Chartered Arbitrators.
  • SICA FICA, an international organisation dealing with dispute resolution.
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Accredited Mediator (CIArb)
  • Professional member of Dispute Resolution Board
  • Assessor for Mediation Accreditation for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Law Society Arbitration Panel
  • Approved Member of the Civil Mediation Council
  • Founder member of Keep Talking Eu (mediation suppliers)
  • Approved Tutor for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Association of Building Engineers
  • Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Clerks of Works
  • Member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators
  • Member of the European Court d’Arbitage, Strasbourg
  • Lecturer and author of several articles on Arbitration Law
  • Co-founder of the South Eastern Dispute and Arbitration Centre
  • Vice Chairman of South East Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Mediator Roderick O Driscoll Previous experience and case work

Roderick has been involved in several hundred cases in his capacity of Arbitrator and/or Mediator both international and domestic, involving commercial, construction and engineering issues. He has gained close familiarity with all the principle forms of construction contracts. His experience extends to all types of building and civil engineering matters and he has a detailed knowledge of prolongation issues.

His commercial experience covers all forms of agreements including, amongst other subjects, intellectual property, partnership agreements, franchise agreements, Landlord and Tenant, and boundary issues.

In recent years, he has been involved both as advocate and as arbitrator in a number of international disputes, and domestic construction cases the values of which generally vary from £50,000 to in excess of £1m. His appointments, other than private appointments, are made by the Law Society or the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he is a panel member of both organisations.

He is actively involved as a mediator receiving both private and Court appointments, and was a founder member of the Mediation Group of the South Eastern branch of the CIArb.

Ike Ehiribe

1982 – Called to the Nigerian Bar
1991 – Notary Public for Nigeria.
1994 – Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.
1996 – Called to the Bar of England & Wales (Lincoln’s Inn)
1998 – Accredited Mediator of the Academy of Experts (Q.D.R.) Qualified Dispute Resolver.
2005 – Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
2007 – Chartered Arbitrator.

Mediator Ike Ehiribe Relevant Panel Listing specific to Mediation and ADR.

  • The Panel of Commercial Mediators of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • The Panel of Commercial Mediators of the Academy of Experts.
  • The Panel of Commercial Mediators for Effective Dispute Solutions Limited.
  • The Panel of Neutrals of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva(WIPO).
  • The UK Patents office Panel of Mediation providers.
  • Communication & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme
  • IP & Electronic Media Panel of CIARB (www.communications-adr.com)
  • The Panel of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Leaseholders Dispute Resolution Scheme.
  • The Property Panel of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • The Public Access Barristers’ Association (PABA) Mediation Panel.
  • Senior Adjudicator and Panel Convenor of the Tenancy Deposit Protection Adjudication Scheme.
  • Senior Adjudicator and Panel Convenor of the Adjudication Scheme for Home Builders.

Mediator Ike Ehiribe Recent Dispute Resolution Training and Experience specific to Mediation and ADR

  • Attended three day Construction Adjudication training course conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in May 2004.
  • Attended mandatory training course for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Leaseholders\’ Dispute Resolution Scheme conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in November 2005.
  • Attended one day Training for the Dispute Resolution Scheme of the British Marine Federation in March 2007 conducted by the Academy of Experts.
  • Attended Expert Determination Course conducted by the Academy of Experts in February 2009.
  • Attended two day training workshop for Intellectual Property Mediators in May 2009 conducted by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva.
  • Appointed Assessor of Mediators seeking panel listing by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2004.
  • Appointed by the Department of Constitutional Affairs to promote the use of Mediation in the resolution of disputes in May 2005 at the Bedford and Luton County Courts during the Mediation Awareness week.
  • Appointed Course Director and Lead Trainer for the Tenancy Deposit Protection Panel and other Consumer Adjudication Schemes by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2007.
  • Delivered paper on the “Drafting of ADR Clauses in Maritime Contracts” at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London in October 2008.
  • As an Accredited Mediator I have conducted Mediations in well over 200 civil and commercial disputes on the County Court Annexed Mediation Scheme, the National Mediation Helpline Scheme, the Cost Controlled Mediation Scheme and Ad hoc.
  • As a Chartered Arbitrator and Adjudicator I have issued well over 400 awards and decisions in civil and commercial disputes.
  • As Counsel I have advised and represented diverse parties involved in civil and commercial disputes in the County Court, The High Court, the Court of Appeal, domestic arbitral tribunals, international arbitral tribunals, court annexed mediation sessions, and ad-hoc mediation sessions.

Mediator Ike Ehiribe Other Relevant Appointments

  • Member the Hong Kong Mediation Council.
  • Nominated one of the Judges of the 2nd I.C.C. (International Chamber of Commerce) International Commercial Mediation Competition held in Paris in February 2007.
  • Former member of the ADR Committee of the General Council of the Bar (2006-2008).
  • Former Interim Chairman of the ADR Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from January 2005-August 2005.
  • Former member of the ADR Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from October 2001 – August 2005

Phil Hesketh

Professional Mediator accredited by ADR Group in 2006 with 19 years experience as a civil litigation solicitor.

Highly motivated with an energetic, empathetic and creative style.

Became a full time mediator in 2008. Acted as Lead Mediator in a range of cases including personal injury, partnership disputes, employment, professional negligence, landlord and tenant, commercial contract claims, boundary disputes and probate claims.

Writes extensively on mediation for the The Law Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, The Costs Lawyer Magazine, Butterworths and The Local Government Lawyer. Regular contributor to on-line magazine PI Brief Update Law Journal. Provides in-house training on mediation to law firms and other mediation users and observation opportunities for newly qualified mediators.

SENIOR SOLICITOR & MEDIATOR CLARKSON HIRST SOLICITORS, LANCASTER – 2003-2008

Senior solicitor in the litigation department. Varied caseload of personal injury and general litigation matters, including fatal accidents, employers’ liability, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, contractual disputes and employment matters.

Advocacy included interlocutory hearings and CICA final appeal hearings. Responsibility for development and marketing of the personal injury department and meeting quality standards and for the training and development of staff. Developed commercial mediation business.

SENIOR SOLICITOR RUSSELL JONES AND WALKER, MANCHESTER – 2000-2003

Managing solicitor of the personal injury fast track claims department. Responsible for management of the fee earner team and support staff. Handled own caseload of Multi Track personal injury claims, predominantly employers’ liability, stress related illness and road traffic accident. Developed and supervised the specialist CICA team. Responsible for marketing to institutional clients.

Developed fee tracking software database and implemented it firm wide, designing and delivering the associated training nationally. Responsible for staff development and Continuing Professional Development training in the office, writing and delivering training seminars. Recruited and trained new fee earning staff. Member of the senior office management team.

ASSISTANT SOLICITOR THOMPSONS SOLICITORS, LIVERPOOL & MANCHESTER – 1990-1993 & 1995-2000

Completed training and qualified as a solicitor. Handled personal injury claims, predominantly employers’ liability and industrial disease cases. Assisted with multi-party litigation including Hillsborough Disaster and “welders’ lung” test cases. Acted for successful claimant in House of Lords case of Knowles v Liverpool City Council [1993].

Responsible for office Legal Aid compliance. Introduced cost recovery scheme for funded disbursements. Latterly also head of Criminal Litigation (related to employment) in the Manchester office. Assisted with preparation and delivery of in-house training seminars.

TEACHER OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE MADRID – 1993-1995

Self employed teacher of English as a foreign language.

TRAINEE SOLICITOR PARKERS SOLICITORS, ST. HELENS 1989-1990

Trainee solicitor in general practice.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Leicester – Law Degree class II(i) Hons, 1988
  • College of Law, Chester – Solicitors’ Final Examination, 1989
  • Metropolitan University of Leeds – Certificate in TEFL, 1992
  • Admitted as a solicitor November 1991
  • Accredited as a Commercial Mediator 2006

MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATIONS & MEDIATION PANELS

  • Association of Northern Mediators
  • Trust Mediation
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

VOLUNTARY WORK

  • Pro Bono mediator for LawWorks
  • School Governor

Russell Jones

Firm: Fidler and Pepper

Specialisms:

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Engineering/Manufacturing disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Partnership disputes
  • Boundaries/title disputes
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • RTA/work/other injury claims
  • Building and Construction disputes

Year of Professional Accreditation: 1984

Year of Mediator accreditation: 2007

Career History:

Sheffield University 1977-1981
Chester Law College 1982-1983
Partner in Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Fidler and Pepper 1986-date

Extensive experience of advising in a range of both civil and commercial disputes from boundary disputes to breaches of general commercial contracts and company partnership break ups.

Advising in negligence claims to the value of several million pound settlements, with particular expertise in road traffic and work based accidents including involvement in one of the first UK structured settlement cases.

Working in the historic heart of a dominant coal mining community with strong links with Trades Unions, worked with a textile manufacturer to negotiate the withdrawal of a powerful trades union agreement. Success depends upon extensive research and objective risk analysis based on the strength of each case.

Commercially minded with very strong technical knowledge in Engineering and Manufacturing and technical IT expertise playing an integral part in the growth of the firm through IT initiatives.

A practical, lateral thinker with the inner strength to see things through, supported by excellent time management skills. A calm and gentle disposition, inquisitive and thorough, quickly building up knowledge through well developed listening skills.

Tina Suvajac Lees

Mediation Experience

Tina works as a commercial and employment mediator and has worked on over 100 mediations with a success rate of 90%.

Tina also has worked community mediator on both large and small multi-party disputes.

She is an avid supporter of online dispute resolution and third party neutrals in resolving employment disputes contributing to multiple international UN Conferences.

Tina’s areas of mediation experience includes:

  • Workplace and Employment, including: Discrimination, Breach of Contract, Bullying, Team conflict and Whistle blowing
  • Cross cultural issues
  • Neighbourhood
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Small Claims
  • Boundary
  • Systems Design
  • Small and Medium Sized Construction Disputes

Professional Experience

Tina is a full-time consultant in dispute resolution. She is active in training individuals and corporations in conflict prevention and dispute resolution techniques.

In addition, she is accredited as a mediator in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She works as a mediator and facilitator in both the commercial, international and community settings.

Tina is a Tutor at the University of Cambridge where she lectures on courses such as Essentials in Dispute Resolution, Introduction into Collaborative Dispute Resolution (online) and Mediation Skills and Processes and Negotiation.

Her initial introduction into Dispute Resolution was during her Masters Degree in Australia where she worked for the leading mediation provider, LEADR Australia. Tina was fortunate to develop skills in Adjudication both in the Construction Industry and in Domain Name Disputes, while managing both portfolios.

Tina has specialised expertise in workplace mediation and employee support. She worked for a leading Russell Group University in developing and implementing Internal Mediation Panels, Harassment Advisor Panels and Confidential Assessment.

Recently, Tina has been fortunate to utilise her skills in a large scale community engagement project. Tina is also currently, a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders United Kingdom which does work in international disputes such as advocacy of mediation, mediation, capacity building and training.

Memberships

  • Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Oxford Mediation Group
  • LEADR Australia
  • National Mediation Helpline Mediator
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation Council
  • Chatham House

Education/Accreditation:

  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator
  • LEADR Accredited Mediator
  • Masters in Dispute Resolution
  • University of W Sydney, Australia, Law School
  • Communications and Sociology, Honours
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada