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

 

Paul Balen

 
SPECIALISMS:

Dispute resolution; Professional negligence including Clinical Negligence; Product Liability; personal injury; defamation; Sports law, and Commercial Mediation.

ACCREDITED MEDIATOR:

31 March 2004

Mediator Paul Balen CAREER HISTORY:

First Class Honours degree in Law and President of University Law Society at Cambridge. Articled at Freeth Cartwright solicitors in Nottingham 1975; qualified as a solicitor 1977 and became partner, now a member, of what is now Freeth Cartwright LLP in 1980. President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society 2005-6; President Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society 2007-8.

OVERVIEW OF EXPERIENCE:

Mediator Paul Balen has long experience in advising in a wide range of complex litigation cases including professional, clinical negligence and personal injury cases, particularly involving medico-legal or product liability issues and also libel and slander.

He has a national reputation for the coordination of multi-party actions and the creation of compensation/alternative dispute resolution schemes in groups of claims including liaison with foreign jurisdictions.

He has a wide interest in sports law, including acting from time to time in disputes involving international sportsmen in the rugby, cricket, shooting and football fields.

He has extensive experience in dispute resolution in particular in negotiating and implementing settlement schemes involving both public bodies and commercial (and international) insurers.

Recent settlement schemes include:

  • for the parents of Beverley Allitt’s victims
  • recipients of 3M hip prosthesis
  • recipients of Trilucent breast implants
  • Leicester cervical smear patients.
  • Leicester children wrongly diagnosed with or treated for epilepsy.

Mediator Paul Balen MEDIATION EXPERIENCE:

Paul has mediated a wide variety of mostly commercial based disputes including:

  • Contractual dispute between driving school and ex-instructor;
  • Commercial dispute over faulty servicing of laser cutting machine and counterclaim for loss due to downtime
  • Computer software contract dispute
  • Commercial dispute arising from installation of alleged faulty boiler
  • Construction contract dispute between supplier of timber frames and builder with counterclaim
  • Personal injury following assault
  • Employment dispute/dismissal of director
  • professional negligence dispute between householder, architect and builder
  • Share valuation dispute between directors and former director/shareholder
  • Postgraduate student in dispute with University over degree award

OTHER INFORMATION:

ADR Group registered mediator; member of the Sports Resolutions Panel, Association of Midlands Mediators, Effective Dispute Solutions Limited and Clerksroom Specialist mediation panel.

Senior Fellow Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Public School Governor and Chairman; Chairman of I.T company.

BOOKS

“Multi Party Actions” (Legal Action Group 1995) with McCool and Day

“Know How for Personal Injury Lawyers – Conditional Fees” (Longmans) (1997) (chapter on conditional fees)

“The Plaintiffs Solicitors’ View” – chapter in Clinical Risk Modification (1999)

“APIL Guide to Fatal Accidents” – chapter on Inquests (2002)

“APIL Guide to Clinical Negligence” to be published by Jordans 2008 (General Editor)

CASES

Stobart v Nottingham Health Authority (1992) 3 Med LR 284 – discovery of medical records before inquest

AB & ors v John Wyeth & os (The Benzodiazipine Litigation) (CA) LTL 20/10/92: TLR 20/10/92 – cut off dates

B & Ors v John Wyeth & os – CA (1992) 1 All ER 443 – discovery of statements referred to in experts reports in group actions

AB & ors v John Wyeth (CA) (1994) 5 Med LR 149 striking out prescriber claims in group action v manufacturers

Heer v Tutton CA (1995) 4 All ER 547 – Striking out after agreement to extend time for defence Or 9r12

Foster v Biosil (2001) 59 BMLR 178 – definition of defect under Consumer Protection Act

A v National Blood Authority (2001) 3 All ER 289 – 2 of the lead cases in seminal group claim defining defect under Consumer Protection Act

Briody v St Helens etc HA (CA) (2002) 2 WLR 394 – recoverability of costs of surrogacy

Sayers & ors v Merck & os (CA) (2002) 1 WLR 2274 – costs orders in group actions

Khan v Secretary of State for Health [2003] EWCA 1129 (Court of Appeal) – Art 2 HRA and inquests- liability of state to fund representation of bereaved relatives at inquests

A & others v University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (2005) EWHC 1416 (QB) Cox J – approval of settlement scheme for the Leicester Children’s epilepsy claims

O’Byrne v Sanofi Pasteur MSD Ltd COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES(FIRST CHAMBER) Case C-127/04 – definition of and date of supply of a product under the Product Liability Directive/ Consumer Protection Act 1987

O’Byrne v Aventis Pasteur MSD Ltd HL [2008] UKHL 34 (Court of Appeal) [2007] EWCA Civ 939; (QB) [2006] EWHC 2562 substitution of defendant outside limitation period

Peters v East Midlands Strategic HA and others.[2008] EWHC 778 (QB) the right of a Claimant to claim full damages for future care costs.

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.

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.

Paul Hughes

Head of Insurance Litigation Department, specialising in personal injury and insurance litigation. Also experienced in claims involving police forces and general civil litigation.

Particular expertise in claims involving psychiatric injuries and fatal accidents.

Has dealt with claims for Chronic fatigue Syndrome and industrial disease.

Represented defendant in landmark ‘stress’ case of Walker v Northumberland County Council, and has been involved in numerous stress at work cases subsequently.

Although current caseload mainly for Defendants, also deals with Claimant cases, and has represented Claimants in the past on the instruction of a trade union.

Experience of dealing with claims against police forces to include false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and alleged assault cases.

DATE OF BIRTH:

1962

DATE OF COMPLETION OF MEDIATION TRAINING:

8th October 1997: qualified in San Francisco.

Accredited by ADR Group.

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE:

Mediation experience includes over 40 mediations to date. Cases mediated are mainly, but not exclusively, personal injury cases. Examples of mediations include:

  • Infant fatality with claim for PTSD by mother. Liability and quantum issues. Mediation lead to settlement after a hidden issue was discovered and dealt with by the parties
  • Stress at work case by teacher.
  • EL claim involving fatal accident. Major issues on both liability and quantum, involving particularly sensitive issues impacting upon dependency claim.
  • Claim for assault, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution by litigant in person against police force. Claim discontinued at mediation.
  • Personal injury claim with significant quantum issues including suspected fraud / surveillance evidence.
  • Professional negligence action against solicitor and surveyor.
  • Partnership dispute.
  • Landlord and tenant dispute.
  • Acted for one of the parties in the landmark Court of appeal case of Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust / Steel v Joy.
  • 2006: involved in recording Law Society ADR training video for lawyers

CAREER HISTORY:

  • Admitted in 1988
  • Solicitor, Marrons 1988
  • Solicitor, Crutes 1989
  • Partner at Crutes since 1995.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Member: Law Society
  • Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
  • North East regional representative for FOIL special interest group in ADR since 2000
  • Member of Law Society ADR Committee

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.

John Roche

Qualified as a Solicitor 1991, having obtained Is Class Honours Law Degree from Liverpool University. Articled to Forsyte Kerman Solicitors, London, 1989-91. From 1994 onwards, a sole practitioner niche firm specialising in civil litigation.

From 1997 onwards, specialising in Mediation, accredited with ADR Group, a member of the Law Society’s Civil and Commercial Mediation Panel. Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited. A founder member of Commercial Mediation West Wales and a regular lecturer and author on mediation.

Over the past 15 years, I have mediated every type of civil and commercial dispute, from boundaries to partnerships, wills to construction, insurance to family, agricultural to intellectual property. I mediate across Wales, the Midlands and the South West. I have mediated in stately homes, farm yards, working men’s clubs and office suites. I find that the bulk of work arises from referrals from solicitors/parties who have used me as a mediator before.

I have extensive experience of multi-party mediations, involving parties, solicitors, barristers, surveyors and other experts. My solicitor background can often help short-circuit extensive legal exposition, allowing the issues to be dealt with more quickly. Feedback over the years indicates that my patient, business like but allowing for humour and human nature approach has helped steer many nightmare ‘trial next week’ cases towards a settlement.

Louisa Taylor

Louisa is an experienced and highly competent mediator with a background in private equity and substantial business expertise and experience at all levels.

Her practice is flexible and focused on the individual needs of the parties having carried out approximately 70 mediations covering a variety of commercial, employment and property disputes.  Louisa stakes her reputation on her integrity, honesty, professionalism and drive to go the extra mile for clients to achieve a workable, cost effective solution for every client.

Areas of Expertise

Employment and Workplace, Commercial, Negligence, Insurance, Property and Inheritance

Accreditation Body

ADR Group and Mediation UK

Qualifications

Qualified Solicitor
BA in French and Italian

Professional background

  • Founder of The Conflict Resolution Company Ltd (Mediation and Training Provider) London 2004-2010
  • Freelance consultant specialising in planning strategy and development within the Public Sector
  • Director of Menasse Business Developments later merging with Senexus Technologies and Consulting, London 2002-2004 (senior strategy and planning)
  • Davenport Lyons 2002 (solicitor in the corporate department)
  • S.J. Berwin 2001-2002 (solicitor in the private equity department)
  • McClure Naismith 1991-2001 (solicitor in the corporate / banking departments)

Recent Mediations

  • Workplace Mediation between three senior managers
  • Employment mediation between Director and Head of Legal of Primary Care Trust
  • Workplace mediation between Assistant Director and Director of Primary Care Trust
  • 20 Director mediation and facilitation between director/shareholders
  • Supply contract dispute: between commercial (PLC) supplier and public body purchaser with ongoing relationship
  • Professional negligence claim involving disputed will
  • Insurance claim and counterclaim: involving car owner and insurance company
  • Contractual claim and counterclaim: involving tenant directors and tenant shareholders of property management company
  • Professional negligence claims: involving solicitors and long standing client
  • Medical negligence claims: involving Strategic Health Authority and parent on legal aid
  • Breach of contract: dispute between charterer and agent of overseas shipping manufacturer
  • Neighbourhood disputes: involving noise, violence and mental health issues

Endorsements

  • “very impressed by the quality of work put in both in the mediation and behind the scenes”
  • “Louisa played a significant role in helping us reach a very useful result”
  • “Louisa displayed real skill and empathy during the mediation… prepared very thoroughly before the mediation”
  • “Louisa was very helpful in guiding the process”
  • “Good mix between presentation and interaction..clear and precise…motivating”
  • “I feel much more equipped to prepare myself and my member company to participate in a mediation”

Panel Memberships

Louisa is a member of Lawworks, a probono mediation panel, the Association of Cambridge Mediators, Camden Mediation service, Effective Dispute Solutions Limited and the panel of TCRC Ltd

Personal Interests

Louisa is married with two daughters. She enjoys travel, plays the piano, loves music and is committed to personal development.