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.

Frances Place

SPECIALISMS:

  • Debt/Contract disputes
  • Family Inheritance/Probate
  • Constructive Trusts
  • Equality Issues
  • Employment/Workplace disputes
  • Neighbour disputes

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE:

Founded and managed Family Mediation Department at Lyons Davidson for 11 years. This is now a flourishing and busy department. Versatile and able mediator experienced in a number of different mediation models including: sole mediation, co-mediation (particularly useful for complex multi-party disputes) and shuttle/caucusing.

Following commercial mediation training in 2002, mediated regularly for Devon and Exeter Law Society for their In-Court Mediation Scheme and co-founded the In-Court Mediation Scheme at Bath County Court for commercial cases.

Mediated in a wide variety of disputes including:

  • Employment and workplace disputes
  • Inheritance Act, property and business disputes
  • Disability Discrimination Act disputes and other Equality Act disputes
  • Hundreds of mediation hours mediating in complex family disputes
  • Business/Partnership Disputes
  • Debt/Contract Disputes
  • Environmental Disputes
  • Education Disputes

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • Family Mediators Association Member
  • Reunite Panel Mediator
  • ADR Net Member
  • Family Mediation Council
  • College of Mediators
  • The Law Society’s Family Mediation Panel
  • Civil Mediation Council
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited

Some feedback includes:

“We thank you for your assistance in this matter, our client has indicated that mediation has been a huge help in resolving this issue.”

“Can I take this opportunity to thank you for navigating us through these difficult matters, your determination to find common ground and resolution, and the support and encouragement you have given.”

“Thank you for helping us to reach an early settlement which we both feel is fair.”

“Thanks for the professional way in which you have handled this matter.”

“Many thanks for all of your help.  We could not have wished for better support.”

“I really feel that coming to see you we have progressed.”

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • 1982 to 1987 – Kinsley Smith & Co, Gillingham, Kent
  • 1987 to 1996 – Battens, Bristol
  • 1996 to 1999 – Wood Hodkinson & Co, Bristol
  • 1999 to 2010 – Lyons Davidson
  • 2010 to Present – Progressive Mediation

Qualified as a solicitor in 1982. Experience in PI, Landlord & Tenant, Consumer and Family disputes.

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.