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

 

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

Rajiv Chelani

Rajiv provides a professional service to his clients. He makes good use of his global commercial expertise gained over 23 years in various roles in 3 continents in corporate and community sector. He worked in varied project management, commercial and community leadership roles.

Having actively got engaged in community projects since 2004 and via his responsibilities being a local councillor, he trained to become an accredited mediator (SPC, London) and attained further Mediation qualifications from West Midlands Mediation and Transformation Services Level 3 of Mediation qualifications in via the Open College Network, UK. In the 22nd edition (2010) of Asian’s Who’s Who directory of British Asians, Rajiv’s name has been added.

Rajiv has taken on responsibilities such as Board member of Citizens Advice in Maidenhead, Committee member of community Partnership in RBWM, being on the victim support scheme at county level and Committee member of Affiliations committee in Mediators Beyond Borders. He has raised many a voices on social issues.

  • Mediation / Arbitration – helping conflicting parties in dispute to reach an agreement they are content with and avoid having to go to a tribunal or court hearing. The scope of Mediation ranges from Community, Commercial, Workplace, ethnicity and International disputes.
  • Restorative Justice Facilitation – It allows Victims and Offenders of crime come face 2 face and engage to understand each other. It reduces rates of re-offending and also the trauma faced by the victims.
  • General Facilitation – for meetings, especially where parties have difficulty reaching an agreement, for example, over a policy issue, cultural / diversity aspects.  Several stake holders could be involved.
  • Training – Train individuals and teams in Corporate / Public sector / NGOs in Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Restorative Justice.

Rajiv has developed his expertise through:

  • His work with Thames Valley & Greater London based mediation services.His training as an accredited Mediator with SPC, Regents College, London.
  • As a Sr. Manager in Global500 companies as front-end negotiator.
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator in Thames Valley (Berks, Bucks, Oxon)
  • Panel member of Community Partnership group in the Royal Borough.
  • Training in Equality and Diversity

Rajiv, besides being a Mediator is an active member of Appeal panels and member of steering committee of various voluntary organisations in the Royal borough and other renowned UK based bodies.

He is an elected member of Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and represents on the board of CAB, Maidenhead, Youth Counselling service, panellist of Community Partnerships & Berkshire’s Victim support scheme. He is also a panellist in the Youth Offending Service in the Royal Borough.

Having worked with people of varied nationalities (in three continents), there is a strong cross-cultural focus which Rajiv can bring about. This has also helped him to be sensitive and resolve disputes based on different belief & value systems.

Some of his current assignments /engagement are listed below:

  • Mediator with Capital Conflict Management CIC, London
  • Mediator with Law Works, London
  • Facilitator with Thames Valley Restorative Justice service
  • Expert panel and author of Mediation in IGNOU (National Open Univ. of India)
  • Member of International affiliations committee of Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Member of UN Studies Association, Berlin, Germany
  • Member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Details of representative Qualification / Trainings

  • Accredited Mediator – SPCP, Regents College London
  • Mediation – by CCM, London, equals Level 3 of OCN qualification
  • Restorative Principles training – trained by Thames Valley Police – 3 days
  • Victim Empathy – Trained by Thames Valley Probation Service – on going
  • Non Violent Communication – based on Marshal Rosenberg trng. – 2 days
  • Equality and Diversity – Training by Directorate of Equality and Diversity
  • Restorative Justice Consortium Winter forum – At Bullingdon Prison – 1 day
  • Workshop on Mediation in Muslim community – by Tony Whatling
  • Mediation Workshop on International dispute resolution – by Ian Lawless
  • Cultural aspects of Dispute Resolution – by Paul Clifford
  • European Mediation Conference @ Belfast – 2 days
  • Scottish Mediation Network, Edinburgh: delivered workshop on 26 Feb, 10

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

Carolyn Graham

An accredited (2002) and registered mediator with Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and accredited (2003) community mediator with Hackney Community Mediation.

A CEDR Solve Mediator and on the mediation panels of ADRChambers, Association of Cambridge Mediators, Effective Dispute Solutions Limited (EDSL), workplace mediation specialists Consensio and Common Ground (formerly Tower Hamlets) Community Mediation.

With a background in the arts & entertainment sector Carolyn applies skills learnt at the sharp end of doing business and combines commercial instincts with an intuitive approach and natural people skills.

She works cross sector and has mediated a wide range of disputes especially employment and workplace (wrongful dismissal; racial discrimination; defamation of character; breach of confidentiality; relationship breakdown; bullying and harassment, capability & performance issues, RTW /sickness absence). Also general commercial (several in arts/media – publishing; TV; film; music industry, theatre); property; inheritance and partnership dispute; landlord/tenant and community.

Carolyn has conducted multi-party mediations, team disputes, telephone mediation and time limited mediation.

Mediation Experience

Carolyn has experience in the following sectors:

  • Business-to-Business
  • Charities
  • Commercial Contract
  • Community
  • Education
  • Employment/Workplace
  • Housing, Landlord/Tenant
  • Media, Sports & Entertainment
  • Partnership
  • Public Sector (Government, local authority, Healthcare)
  • Wills/Probate

Case Summaries – by sector/dispute type

Banking/Corporate Finance/Business-to-Business

  • Dispute between a US based company and a UK based executive recruitment agency regarding disputed levels of commission monies due on an \’introduced\’ candidate
  • Dispute between two company directors and the outgoing Chairman regarding equity shares due on sale of company

Charities

  • Team mediation between 19 staff from one department of a major UK charitable organization
  • Mediation between two colleagues working for national charity, one returning from long term sick leave and where there had previously been allegations of bullying and issues of poor performance

Commercial Contract

  • Dispute between decorating company and a homeowner claiming negligent damage to property
  • Dispute between sports equipment manufacturer and PR consultancy regarding breach of contract/non delivery of services due
  • 3 way dispute between a building construction company, a garage and a construction worker regarding non-payment and poor workmanship
  • Mediation between legal firm and former client regarding non-payment for services rendered
  • Breach of contract dispute between owner of video business and former chairman and finance director regarding latter\’s entitlement to remuneration package/share of proceeds on sale of business
  • Breach of contract dispute between hotelier and company responsible for refurbishment programme
  • Dispute between PR consultancy and a film distribution company regarding non-payment of monies for services rendered
  • Dispute between two property management companies regarding non-payment of rent, repairs and maintenance

Community

  • Mediations involving noise, harassment, anti-social behaviour, pets, children, parking and disputes where cultural and generational differences contribute to the conflict.

Education

  • Post grievance mediation between a University and a senior lecturer regarding allegations of unfair treatment under the disability discrimination act
  • Mediation between two staff members in a primary school where complex personal relationships and issues originating outside of the workplace (including multiple criminal investigations and prosecutions and involving several other family members) had resulted in total relationship breakdown and mutual allegations of harassment within the workplace
  • Team mediation between 12 University lecturers where relationships and trust had broken down
  • Mediation between four colleagues working in a refugee student support unit within a University
  • Mediation between a University Departmental Director and his deputy to help re-establish working relationship following unsuccessful grievance taken out by the latter against the former

Employment/Workplace

  • Pre-tribunal race discrimination claim by employee of international IT company
  • Mediation between 2 remote team members of an International company: a senior manager based in Holland and a UK based direct line report over allegations of bullying and in order to help the line report reintegrate back into the workplace after stress related sickness absence
  • Post ET claim by senior partner of international company for damages for wrongful dismissal
  • Mediation between two staff members bringing mutual grievances against each other for breach of confidentiality, harassment and abuse of authority
  • Mediation between non-executive CEO and her secretary to help reintegrate the secretary back to her original department after relationship breakdown and subsequent 6 month secondment to another department
  • Mediation between joint CEO\’s of a theatre company where the relationship had broken down amidst highly emotional and mutual allegations of bullying and intimidation
  • Mediation between manager and line report in NHS trust hospital regarding issues of performance management and allegations of failure to follow due management process

Housing, Landlord/Tenant

  • Dispute between UK landlord and former tenant, now resident in the US, regarding non-payment of rent
  • Dispute between housing association and tenant regarding levels of compensation due following flood damage to property
  • Dispute between landlord and tenant regarding a disputed rental over-payment
  • Tenant/Landlord dispute with tenant seeking damages for disrepair and an order for remedial work

Media, Sports & Entertainment

  • Breach of contract co-production dispute between European TV company and UK film production company
  • Copyright dispute between songwriter/record producer and a former band member claiming co-authorship of song (subsequently recorded by top selling artist) and entitlement to ensuing publishing and recording royalties
  • Alleged breach of contract between actor and theatre company where the actor thought he\’d been verbally offered an engagement but the theatre company had not
  • Dispute regarding non-payment of royalties between author and famous TV personality and publishing company
  • Dispute between PR consultancy and a film distribution company regarding non-payment of monies for services rendered

Partnership

  • Dispute between two partners and friends regarding division of assets on dissolution of partnership
  • Dispute between two former partners regarding alleged breach of fiduciary duty and breach of intellectual copyright
  • Dispute between two partners following the joint purchase, refurbishment and sale of a property

Public Sector

  • Breach of contract dispute between public sector funding body and regeneration consultancy
  • Mediation between government department and former employee claiming compensation for alleged disclosure of confidential information
  • Team mediation involving 10 GP\’s, recently amalgamated from 3 separate practices into one group practice
  • Mediation between two colleagues in NHS trust hospital where relationship breakdown was seriously impacting on productivity of department and consequently, on financial stability and credibility or organisation

Wills/Probate

  • Mediation involving 9 family members regarding the mutual inheritance of a property abroad where some family members wished to retain the property as a family holiday home, some to run the property as a commercial concern, and some to sell
  • Mediation between mother and daughter regarding disputed division of financial assets following the death of the husband/father.
  • Mediation between twin brothers regarding disputed will of recently deceased mother

Personal Style and Feedback

Carolyn is a calm and clear thinker who can quickly help parties get to the heart of an issue. A creative and pragmatic mediator, she combines a willingness to think ‘outside of the box’ with a common sense approach that encourages parties to reach realistic settlement on soundly commercial terms.

Clients value her friendly, straightforward style, highlighting her ability to build rapport, her calming influence when tensions are running high and her ability to keep proceedings constructive and focused on achieving resolution.

Comments include:

“I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing the mediation and support last week, I cannot express to you enough how it has helped me” client

“the mediator was brilliant” client

“has good instincts about what matters and what is going on between teams and parties” client

“A very straight forward approach which never obscured the way ahead and left both parties able to decide on an acceptable resolution” solicitor

“As a means of finding common goals and moving forward, I cannot praise this process highly enough. It is amazing, it’s not a case of winning or losing, it’s a case of moving forward – something that I was previously unable to do” client

“Built rapport very well” client

“She is very friendly but quite firm and is good at keeping everything right on track” client

“(the mediation)… was very well run and the mediator did a great deal to put us at our ease throughout the process. She achieved the right balance of control and flexibility to make us feel that we were working within a structure and yet still had enough control ourselves to take it in the direction we were comfortable to go. She also had a very calming influence on everyone there”  client

“..dealt with the authority problems really well” client

“I was impressed by the ability of the mediator to grasp and summarise the essence (and the undertones) of what people were expressing” client

Professional Background

Carolyn worked for over 25 years in the Arts & Entertainment industry, working in both the commercial and not for profit sectors – including 10 years as Director at London’s Southbank Centre – with the management of people, of contracts, of relationships and of finance central to all of her roles.

Areas of particular experience include budgeting and financial management (turnover £6million); organisational development and change management; union/employee negotiations; internal/external stakeholder liaison and all aspects of staff management (including appraisal, training, disciplinary, recruitment, mentoring) and team building.

Other Dispute Resolution Experience

As well as her mediation and facilitation work, Carolyn delivers a wide range of in-house and open access training, seminar and workshop activities in mediation, dispute resolution and conflict management. A passionate advocate for the greater use of mediation skills within the workplace, she is a regular speaker on the benefits of mediating conflict and is increasingly being invited to create bespoke mediation skills training programmes for specific sectors and professions.

She regularly chairs and facilitates meetings including board meetings, Away Days and AGMs and is especially adept at handling contentious meetings, helping organisations reach consensus in challenging circumstances and ensuring that meetings deliver tangible outcomes.

Organisations worked with include:

Amnesty International; Arts Council England; At Work Partnership; British Transport Police; CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development); Cambridge University; Camden Council; Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Channel 4; Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust; Comet; DCMS; Department for Work and Pensions; Dudley Group of Hospitals; English National Opera; Hammersmith NHS Trust; Independent Police Complaints Commission; Independent Theatre Council; Kingston University; Lloyds Banking Group; M.S. Society; Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust; Office for National Statistics; Oxford Brookes University; Poole Arts Centre; Rank Gaming Group; Really Useful Group;  Refugee Action; Royal Free Hospital; Society of London Theatres; Society of Medicine; Southbank Centre; Standard Life Investment; Theatrical Management Association; University of Wales Institute, Cardiff;

Skills and Interests

Carolyn has a working knowledge of French (‘A’ level and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry ‘Intermediate’ level). She is a CIPD qualified facilitator and is CMI trained in designing and delivering training. Out of work interests include Arsenal, singing in the choir Eclectic Voices, food and drink and collecting jewellery.

Richard De Rivaz

Richard de Rivaz was born in 1946 and has had a long extensive career in industry, having gained an Industrial Engineering and Management degree at Loughborough University of Technology. He has a Diploma in Industrial Studies and is a member of the prestigious organisation the Chartered Management Institute.

Richard’s early career was spent in the dairy industry in a number of managerial roles for Unigate, Cliffords Dairies and Woodgate Farms Dairy, where he served as Production Director for seven years. He also gained experience with dairy companies in the USA with Sealtest and HP Hood. In these companies he carried out a number of work study projects.

In 1986 he left the dairy industry to move full time to MDR Interfaces Ltd, a company formed to provide industrial computer software and electronic control systems. Various projects were undertaken including the supply of telesales software for a large dairy company, automated packaging lines for the dairy industry, control systems for electric vehicles and wind power. More recently the firm has concentrated on bespoke software and interactive website design.

Richard is a Centre Of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediator, a Designated Member of Specialist Mediators LLP based in the South East, as well as a mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited. Through his work he has become familiar with contractual and intellectual property matters, as well as the legal process.

Richard is an Accredited Community Mediator and regularly mediates in neighbourhood disputes and intra family disputes.

Richard also mediates in property disputes, boundaries and drainage matters, over a vast array of matters, with a particular interest in boundary matters and what causes them.

His interests include sailing, music and skiing.

“Thank you for your courteous and skilful mediation. I believe you achieved a better result than if we had gone to Court.”

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

Lubna Shuja

Birmingham Mediation Services, Birmingham Mediator – Areas of work

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Divorce and Financial Orders
  • Boundary Disputes (one of which led to an appeal in the Court of Appeal)
  • Professional Negligence Claims
  • Solicitors Disciplinary Cases
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial and Contractual Disputes
  • Residential Property
  • Landlord and Tenant Litigation
  • Wills and Probate
  • Large Debt Actions

Mediation experience includes:

  • Property/boundary dispute between neighbours involving rights of way, obstruction / use of a joint access road and adjoining footpath crossing over one of the neighbours land. Amount involved was £35,000 plus costs.
  • Unlawful discrimination dispute between a large University, its Student Union body and a group of 8 students. The students were claiming unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race/religion and victimisation by the University and the Students Union. Amount involved was £80,000 plus costs.
  • Commercial dispute between directors of a company involving share transfer agreements, payments that had not been agreed, directors loans, breach of terms of directors agreement and other issues. Amount involved was £50,000 plus costs
  • Probate disputes between siblings over inheritance and contents of a Will. Amounts involved were from £60,000 to £800,000 plus costs
  • Divorce and ancillary relief claim concerning the assets of the marriage. Amount involved was £500,000 plus costs

Professional qualifications

  • Practising Solicitor since 1992
  • Mediator accredited with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) since
  • Nov 2005
  • Member of Association of Midlands Mediators (AMM)
  • Previously Member of Northern Association of Mediators
  • Member of the Law Societys Personal Injury Panel for over 10 years
  • Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) for over 8 years
  • Member of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) for over 14 years
  • Member of the Law Societys Solicitors Sole Practitioners Group since 2006
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Personal profile

  • Represented clients on a boundary dispute that was heard in the Court of Appeal
  • Was runner-up in the Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Award (2001) as voted by private clients
  • Versatile, committed and dedicated professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A pragmatic approach to problem solving with full confidence in my abilities as a
  • Mediator
  • Approachable, discrete and trustworthy reputation
  • Fluent in Urdu and Punjabi

Interests

  • Strong interest in the arts particularly theatre, television and cinema
  • Founding member of the Asian Theatre School (part of the Red Ladder Theatre Company)
  • Enjoy travelling abroad and have visited many countries including most of Europe, America, Mexico, North Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, Romania and the Indian Subcontinent
  • Keen interest in music, health issues and current affairs.

Peter Webster

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (admitted 1 October 1999

Member of Panel of Commercial Mediators at Clerksroom, Talk Mediation, Commercial and Medical Dispute Solutions, and Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Qualified commercial, family, workplace and community mediator

  • Director of All Saints Theatre Limited (drama production company no. 3779270)
  • Director of Thea Limited (incorporated solicitors’ practice company no. 5664871)
  • Trustee of Thea (registered charity no. 1076525)
  • Native English-speaker also fluent in French
  • Born 10 October 1967 in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Educated at Manchester Grammar School, St John’s College Cambridge, and the Central London College of Law

CAREER HISTORY

October 2007 to date… Solicitor – Principal – Thea Limited

November 2004 – September 2007… Senior Solicitor – Construction – Capsticks

March 2002 – September 2004… Assistant Solicitor – Construction – Fenwick Elliott LLP

October 1999 – March 2002… Assistant Solicitor – Construction – Masons

September 1997 – September 1999… Trainee Solicitor – Four seats – Penningtons

July 1994 – August 1997… Executive Secretary -Rwanda Project3 – Relationships Foundation

EDUCATION

8 O-levels (6 As, 2 Bs), 3 A-levels (3 As), 2 S-levels (both grade 1)
II,2 degree in Classics/Modern & Medieval Languages
Diplomas in Law and Legal Practice

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE

Mediating between an elderly couple and the builder whom they were suing for defective workmanship and delays in completing the refurbishment of their retirement home.

Mediating a settlement to a dispute arising from failure to underpin a party wall to a domestic semi-detached property which included contractual arguments about allocation of design liability.

Mediating a settlement to a boundary dispute involving a tree which had been removed by a party whose neighbour alleged that it was on his property.

Mediating disputes between an employer and his main contractor, and a main contractor and his sub-contractor, where there were issues of contractual interpretation arising from bespoke terms dealing with insolvency risk and payment for additional works.

Mediating a dispute arising from non-payment of solicitors’ fees by a corporate client.

Mediating the settlement of claims upon dissolution of a partnership in an investment property by two former spouses and one of their friends.

Numerous community mediations, mostly involving noise disputes between neighbours, but also harassment of various kinds.

Acting as mediation advocate in four commercial mediations, and advising clients on negotiation strategy in mediation where the client participated alone; conducting without prejudice meetings following mediation principles.

SECTORS

  • Healthcare
  • Regeneration
  • Middle East

SPECIALISMS

Construction & Engineering, PFI/Projects, Professional Negligence, Neighbour Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Civil Mediation, Advocacy, Family and Workplace Mediation