Tina Suvajac Lees

Mediation Experience

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

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

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

Tina’s areas of mediation experience includes:

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

Professional Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memberships

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

Education/Accreditation:

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

Edward Legard

Mediation North by Mediator Edward Legard (Trained and Accredited by CEDR)

  • Qualified 1999
  • Highly experienced, having conducted in excess of 20 mediations
  • 90% success rate

Commercial contract; Employment; Landlord & Tenant and Property

Examples include:

  • A sex discrimination/constructive dismissal case brought against the Police Force. This took place over two days and resulted in financial settlement and reinstatement.
  • A contractual dispute concerning copyright and CD-rom manufacturing. Resolved to each party’s mutual satisfaction.
  • A stale boundary dispute. This had been ongoing for several years but was settled at the end on a single day of mediation.
  • A disagreement concerning the supply of seafood, requiring an innovative approach and resulting in both settlement and continued business relationship.
  • An assault/false imprisonment case again brought against the Police Force. This was resolved over the course of one day with one party agreeing to pay an undisclosed sum and costs to the other.
  • A number of building disputes.

CAREER HISTORY

BARRISTER (Called 1996)

Specialist employment practitioner covering all major aspects of employment law.

My caseload comprises a broadly even split of Respondent and Claimant work.

HM ARMED FORCES

Army Officer, The Light Dragoons (1989-94)

I joined the army as a Short Service Officer in a Reconnaissance Regiment and was promoted to Captain after two years. I served in the UK, Norway, Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

EDUCATION

  • 1995-1996 The Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Court (Graded ‘Very Competent’)
  • 1994-1995 The College of Law Common Professional Examination
  • 1989-1990 Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Officer Training
  • 1985-1989 University of St Andrews MA (Hons) English Literature

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.

Umran Sadiq

CAREER AND PERSONAL OVERVIEW

From a grammar school background Umran studied law in Leicester and Birmingham. He commenced his training contract at Southall & Co solicitors (Birmingham) in 1996 and upon qualification as a solicitor in 1998 was entrusted with a management role at one of the Firm’s offices. In 1999 he joined Davisons Solicitors (Birmingham) and within one year was running the civil litigation group at the Firm. He became a partner in 2004 and currently manages two key offices. He continues to head the litigation team and is also responsible for the Firm’s risk management and professional indemnity affairs.

Umran acquired accreditation as a mediator from ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd and is a member of the Association of Midlands Mediators as well as a mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited.

Umran has a wide range of experience in general civil and commercial litigation with a particular specialism in construction and property disputes, professional and clinical negligence cases, personal injury, contested probate and Inheritance Act claims and employment issues.

Working in the litigation field Umran has also acted as a Solicitor Advocate on numerous occasions including successfully representing clients at trial.

The substantial experience acquired as a mediator, solicitor and advocate, in addition to key skills as a negotiator in litigation, with good interpersonal skills enhance the abilities necessary as a mediator to provide parties with great prospects of successfully settling their dispute at mediation.

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE

Umran has been involved in numerous mediations covering a wide variety of areas in general civil and commercial litigation, acting in both a representative capacity and as mediator and/or assistant mediator.  Examples of a few of the mediations include:

  • Commercial dispute between hotel owners and architect about delay in preparation of plans and obtaining planning permission for hotel extension (£2 million claim);
  • Construction dispute between a property owner and builder with regard to standard of refurbishment works (£500,000 claim);
  • Commercial Lease dispute for forfeiture with possession action in relation to a public house with counterclaim for breach of trade support agreement and misrepresentation;
  • Commercial dispute arising from illegal forfeiture action with counterclaim for payment and apportionment of rental liability (£100,000 claim);
  • Professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors for under-settling of personal injury claim for their client (£25,000 claim);
  • Disputed probate and Inheritance Act claim brought by former wife against the Deceased\\\’s Estate;
  • Employer and employee dispute involving respective disciplinary and grievance procedures being pursued;
  • Family dispute between brother and sister in relation to testamentary wishes of parent in contested Will and in relation to running of family business;
  • Contractual dispute between builder and property owner in relation to works, fees levied, disputed additional fees with counterclaim for refund of monies (£300,000 counter-claim).

SOLICITOR ADVOCATE EXPERIENCE

Umran has successfully represented clients as their Advocate at trial, such as for:

  • Claimant in securing full indemnity in a Part 20 Claim against him for the recovery of hire charges paid to hire company asserted by him to have been fraudulently claimed;
  • Claimant in pursuit of personal injury claim under the Occupiers Liability Act and against employer for failing to comply with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Additional spoken languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
  • Personal Professional liability insurance as a Mediator.

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.

Marion Waite

Cambridge Mediation by Marion, she uses a pragmatic and non legal approach to dispute resolution to bring the parties to a sensible self defined conclusion. She has an open and relaxed communication style and the ability to assimilate complex information rapidly. Previous mediations have been in employment/workplace, commercial and property.

Feedback has been that the parties felt an immense sense of relief to be able to discuss the issues in a non-judgemental and confidential way, whilst finally resolving unmoveable differences.

Her professional background is in Human Resources Management at a senior level for Telecoms and IT organisations.

Areas of Expertise

Employment
Commercial

Accreditation

CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution)

Qualifications and Membership

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

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