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

 

Jane Walmsley

Training

1998: CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) Accredited Commercial Mediator
2002: MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives) Advanced Mediator Skills Training Course, Italy
2004: TeCSA (Technology and Construction Solicitors Association) Specialist Construction Course for Mediators

Mediation Style

Jane encourages people to take full advantage of the mediation process and the control which it gives them to explore all possible means of resolving their dispute and find pragmatic, realistic solutions. She works with participants on assessing all options and constructing safeguards to protect positions post-settlement, to allow them to make well-judged decisions in the light of available information. She is described as professional, facilitative, patient, persistent and perceptive.

Mediator Jane Walmsley – Experience

Jane has mediated and co-mediated in a wide range of commercial matters, from multi-million pound claims to claims brought in the Central London County Court and the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre mediation schemes. She also mediates in workplace disputes where no cash claim exists but where conflict between individuals has resulted in declining productivity, efficiency or profitability and made working life intolerable. Some examples of the cases she has mediated are:

  • Claim by a GP against a former Partner and the Practice for racial discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Dispute in a university between a senior academic and a member of staff in relation to changes made to a job description during maternity leave and a consequent claim for constructive dismissal.
  • Dispute in the same university between a head of department and a member of their staff in relation to claims of bullying.
  • Dispute in a college of further education in which a lecturer claimed that her manager was bullying her. The conflict had been going on for 2 years and the lecturer signed off sick with stress for 6 months.
  • Dispute between joint property owners arising after the breakdown of their relationship. While the main dispute was about the value of the property and therefore the amount to be paid, there were also a considerable number of relationship issues in play.
  • £2 million dispute between brothers about breach of fiduciary duty and the ownership of a family business.
  • £200,000 claim by a building company for non-payment of fees for work done during the construction of commercial premises.
  • £2 million claim for alleged negligent advice against stockbrokers.
  • Dispute between partners in a solicitor’s firm about the terms and conditions for one partner to leave the partnership.
  • Dispute between partners in an accountancy firm about the mechanisms for one partner to leave the partnership, including a £260,000 claim.
  • £250,000 claim for defamation by a businessman against a friend with whom he had entered into a project which had failed, resulting in the breakdown of their relationship.
  • Dispute between two electrical engineering companies about the purchase of industrial robots and the subsequent breakdown of a joint venture project.
  • Claim by a solicitors’ practice for non-payment of fees against a client for whom they were acting in an employment dispute.

Promoting and Raising the Profile of Mediation

1999 to date: A founder member of the Association of Midlands Mediators, a regional association of commercial mediators which:

  • provides mediation services
  • promotes mediation in the Midlands area
  • provides CPD training for members

2000-2002: Member of the CEDR training faculty.

Involved in delivering “The Lawyer’s Role in Mediation” training courses to litigation departments in individual solicitors’ firms, a barristers’ chambers, an insurance company and the Treasury Solicitor.

2002-2005: Member of the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre Mediation Scheme Committee. Participated in the establishment and monitoring of this court-led mediation scheme from its inception to its end due to changes in Government policy.

2005 to date: Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Mediation Accreditation Panel, acting both as an assessor and as a chief assessor.

2009 to date: Member of the MATA training faculty, providing feedback and coaching to delegates on the CIArb Commercial Mediator Training Course.

In addition, Jane has participated in a number of mock mediations, both as the mediator and as a party. These have been designed to demonstrate the mediation process and allow the audience to observe the strength, flexibility, and value of the process.

Mediator Jane Walmsley – Professional Background

Jane is a non-practising barrister. She was called to the Bar in July 2008.

Has studied a LL.M in International Commercial Law at the University of Birmingham, comprising modules in:

  • English law of the international sale of goods
  • Commercial conflicts of laws
  • International and comparative oil and gas law
  • International commercial arbitration.

In addition to her mediation practice, Jane runs a training consultancy practice. She qualified as a trainer in 1987 and has been training lawyers since 1990, initially as Training Manager with a large national group of solicitors’  firms and since 1993 as an independent consultant. Her client base includes many of the leading city and regional law firms. She is much in demand for communication and management skills training, particularly negotiation skills and presentation skills, and as a coach to partners and assistants on improving and developing the ways in which they and their teams communicate and work together.

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

Martin Collingwood

Mediator Martin Collingwood

SOLICITOR ADMITTED: July 1981

FIRMS:

  • Andrew Jackson – 2008-Present
  • Dundas & Wilson – 2007-2008
  • Skanska UK Plc – 2006-2007
  • Clugston Group Limited – 2000-2006
  • Irwin Mitchell – 1997-1999
  • Alfred McAlpine Construction Ltd – 1995
  • Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd – 1985-1995
  • Wimpey Group Services Limited – 1974-1985

Mediator Martin Collingwood SPECIALISATIONS:

  • Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Company Secretary
  • Mediator
  • PFI Work (toll roads, bridges, schools, health)
  • PPP Lift
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Wind Energy
  • Power Plants
  • Development Projects
  • Process Plants
  • Oil & Gas
  • Waste to Energy Projects
  • Corporate Acquisitions and disposals
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution including ADR

MAJOR WORK – Wimpey

  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Corporate formation
  • Acquisition and Disposals
  • Contracts

Taylor Woodrow – Canary Wharf

Preparing and reviewing prime construction contracts, preparation and negotiation of joint venture agreements.

Great Belt Bridge – Denmark

Settlement of the contractor\’s joint venture, negotiation of the construction contracts, preparation and completion of securities documentation and advice on claims.

River Tagus Crossing – Portugal

Advising on concession documents, settlement of the joint venture agreement and tender advice.

Midland Metro Rail Scheme

Advice on and negotiation of the concession agreement and joint venture agreement, preparation and advice on securities documents and advice on withdrawal.

DBFO Roads

Advising on concession documents, preparing contract and joint venture agreements with supporting securities documents.

Channel Tunnel

Reviewing prime construction contract and advising on claims.

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Revising tender documentation, preparation and negotiation of joint venture agreements and advising on subsidiary securities documentation.

Heathrow Terminal 4

Negotiation of and advice on management contract, advice on disputes arising both under the management contract and works contracts.

Heathrow Express Way

Advising on project structure and contract conditions.

Second Forth Crossing

Reviewing and advising on concession agreement, preparation and negotiation of contractors\’ joint venture agreement.

McAlpine

Locum.

Irwin Mitchell

Sheffield National Ice Arena.

Clugston

  • Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Contracting and Civil Engineering
  • PFI, PPP, Lift Schemes
  • Waste to Energy Projects
  • Leisure Retail and Distribution Parks
  • Property Development
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • including Adjudication, mediation and arbitration
  • Contractual claims

Skanska

  • PFI
  • Framework Agreements
  • Design and Build Development

Dundas & Wilson

  • Development contracts
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Disputes
  • Acquisitions

Andrew Jackson

  • Head of Construction
  • Development Contracts
  • Alternative Energy
  • Disputes
  • Mediation

INTERESTS:

Music, Training, Fishing, Reading

Mediator Martin Collingwood UNUSUAL FACTS:

  • Member of Society of Construction Law
  • Lecturer Construction Law University of Lincoln
  • Volunteer Adviser Hull Area Business Advice Centre

Mediator Martin Collingwood mediation experience:

Construction:

  • Arbitration, litigation (high court and county court), mediation, conciliation, acting for both plaintiff and defendant and includes advocacy, drafting pleadings etc., instructing counsel, supervising external solicitors, conducting interlocutory applications and full hearings. Adjudication, mediation.
  • Reviewing tender invitations and commenting on risk.
  • Drafting contracts and commercial agreements ab initio and amending the same.
  • Advising on all standard form contracts and sub-contracts at home and overseas.
  • Advising on and drafting project specific contracts and concession agreements.
  • Advising on and drafting design and build contracts, management contracts, project management contracts and professional contracts.
  • Preparation of and advice on contractual claims.
  • Advising on and drafting bonds, guarantees, collateral warranties, joint ventures and business development companies and joint ventures.
  • Advising on and drafting partnership agreements and technology transfer agreements.
  • Advice on PFI, PPP and Lift projects and other equity related projects and contracts.
  • Advice on and drafting oil and gas and other energy related projects both on and offshore.

Corporate:

  • Acquisitions and Disposals (Shares/Assets)
  • Corporate documentation
  • Corporate Formation

Privatisation:

Legal Team Leader Privatisation Bills in various sections including: British Coal, P.S.A., British Rail.

Property

Development Agreements, finance documents

Development:

Agreements for Lease and Leases, appointments and warranties.

Training:

Preparation and delivery of training courses in various aspects of law and current contracts.

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

Dr Peter Fenn

Mediator Dr Peter Fenn Present Posts

  • Senior Lecturer – University of Manchester
  • Partner – MJM Chartered Quantity Surveyors
  • Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Elected member of Dispute Resolution Faculty Board at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Mediator Dr Peter Fenn Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Registered Mediator Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Diploma in Arbitration College of Estate Management
  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Mediator Dr Peter Fenn Industrial Experience

1980-1983 – Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Quantity Surveyors London.
1984          – Site based Quantity Surveyor, Balfour Beatty Construction Liverpool.
1984-1988 – Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineers British Rail London and Swindon.
1988-date – Self employed consultant, Bristol Manchester and Dundee.
1993-date – Mediator at the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) London.
1994 -date – Mediator on the President’s Panel at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
1999-date – Independent Expert on the President’s Panel at the RICS
2000-date – Mediator on the Panel at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
2002-date – Mediator on the Panel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
2004-date – Adjudicator on the panel at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Mediator Dr Peter Fenn Academic Experience

1988          – Visiting lecturer, Bristol Polytechnic.
1988-1990 – Lecturer, Dundee Institute of Technology.
1990-2001 – Lecturer, UMIST.
1992-date  – Tutor University of Bath
1994          – Tutor Horsens Polytechnic Denmark
1995          – Visiting Professor Florida International University
1995          – Visiting Professor University of Kentucky
1997-1998 – Scholar in Residence University of Kentucky
2000          – Visiting Lecturer Tsinghua University China
2001-date   – Senior Lecturer University of Manchester

Mediator Dr Peter Fenn Dispute Experience

  • Registered Mediator at CEDR from 1993
  • President’s Panel of Mediators at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 1994
  • Panel of Mediators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2000
  • President’s Panel of Independent Experts at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 1999
  • Mediator Leeds Court Scheme 2000
  • Mediator Manchester and Liverpool Combined Court Scheme 2000
  • Mediator Birmingham Court 2002
  • Mediator Guildford Court 2003
  • Adjudicator on the President’s Panel at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2004

Some Recent Notable Referrals and Experience

1995
The World Bank, The British Council and the National Institute for Highways and Transport India. Delhi India on the use of ADR.

1997
Report for MOD on target cost and incentive contracts.

1998
Report for Hong Kong Construction Association on the Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts.

2000
Onwards: Course Tutor CIArb Mediation Training
Course Director CIArb Mediation Assessment

2003
Report for Hong Kong (SAR) Government on Dispute Resolution and Avoidance Mechanisms

1995
The World Bank, The British Council and the National Institute for Highways and Transport India. Delhi India on the use of ADR.

1997
Report for MOD on target cost and incentive contracts.

1998
Report for Hong Kong Construction Association on the Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts.

2000 Onwards:
Course Tutor CIArb Mediation Training
Course Director CIArb Mediation Assessment

2003
Report for Hong Kong (SAR) Government on Dispute Resolution and Avoidance Mechanisms

Overseas Experience

Mediation in various countries,1998 Report for Hong Kong Construction Association on the Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts; 2000 Invited Speaker at Hong Kong Whose Risk Conference and follow up to Grove Report. 2000 Invited Speaker at Tsinghua University

Publications

I have edited and authored 4 books and written more that 30 technical articles, a full list is available on request. My research has been cited in two government reviews: The Latham Review) and The Woolf Report.

Grant Goodlad

Qualifications

LLB: 1978
Solicitor: 1981
MCIArb: 2004
Called to the Bar: 2006

Education

Northampton Grammar School: 1968-1975
LLB Birmingham University: 1975-1978
College of Law, Guildford: 1978-1979
Bar Aptitude Test: 2006

Career

Solicitor, Dennis Faulkner & Alsop: 1981-1982
Partner, Dennis Faulkner & Alsop: 1983-2006
Barrister, Farrar’s Building: 2007 to date

Mediation

CEDR Accredited: 1996
CIArb Panel: 2005 to date
Member AMM: 2001 to date
Intermediation Panel: 2001 to date
Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited 2010 to date

Grant’s background involves both commercial and contentious aspects of the law. His experience includes the handling of high volume personal injury claims and professional negligence claims for insurance companies, as well as non-contentious work including company sales.

More recently Grant has concentrated on contentious commercial and professional issues primarily personal injury and employment matters. He acts as an advocate in the Civil Courts and Employment Tribunals.

Grant has successfully mediated disputes in a wide range of fields including Construction, Commercial Contracts, Corporate Sale, Landlord and Tenant, Employment, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Malicious Prosecution and Wrongful Arrest, Franchise, Insurance, Travel and Housing. He has CEDR specialist training in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

Grant also trains mediators and has assisted CEDR’s training faculty. He is currently a member of coaching faculty on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators mediator training course to which he has contributed a paper on law for mediators.

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.

Michael Mccourt

Judicial mediation, as a deputy district judge and a commercial and family (‘hybrid’) mediator Mike continues to add to his thirty years plus dispute resolution experience obtained as a solicitor and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators the prestigious global organisation.

His experience covers a wide range of civil, property, building, and ownership disputes. He knows how the litigation process affects people both financially and emotionally and is able to provide a flexible and friendly approach to encourage the parties to achieve the best possible outcomes

Professional Background

1979 – Admitted as a solicitor
1993 – Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
1996 – Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) Qualification (Solicitor-Advocate)
1997 – MSc Construction Law and Arbitration (King’s College London)
1998 – Deputy District Judge (County Court)
2007 – Accredited Mediator (ADR Group)
2010 – Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited
2010 – Family Mediator Foundation (ADR Group)

Mike has been involved in a variety of mediations both as an advocate and mediator in construction, property, commercial landlord and tenant, boundary, shared ownership and occupation and Inheritance Act disputes. In addition he has acted in partnership, housing, will, personal injury and insolvency claims disputes.Mike is frequently appointed to perform judicial mediation and early neutral evaluations.

Endorsements

“He presents a relaxed style injecting where appropriate into the process a sense of humour”

“Mike understands the issues quickly and has an ability to listen and focus”

Other Experience

As a deputy district judge Mike determines fast track and small claims cases and encourages ADR in case management. He also conducts financial dispute resolution hearings in matrimonial matters. Having completed the ADR Group’s conversion course Mike is able to offer flexible mediations and timetables for both commercial and family parties and other forms of ADR.

Interests

Mike is a keen cyclist and cook and continues to try and learn Spanish.