Independent Mediators is home to a group of Europe’s leading full-time civil and commercial mediators, nationally and internationally recognised for their work.
Independent Mediators (IM) was formally launched in June 2007. We operate as a mediation chambers. All the mediators work full time as mediators and are only appointed through Independent Mediators.
Our chambers consists of Charles Dodson, Phillip Howell- Richardson, Kate Jackson, Michel Kallipetis QC, Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, Mark Lomas QC, Bill Marsh, Andrew Paton and Nicholas Pryor.
When forming IM our aim was to make the process of instructing mediators simpler and to recognise and to meet the requirements of instructing solicitors and individuals. We are very conscious of the need to provide a competitive service and are recognised as offering exceptional value for money. We make the country’s top mediators available at affordable prices for any size dispute. We do not charge any admin fees to the parties.
Only mediators recognised by the leading directories as being in the top tiers are invited to become members of Independent Mediators. We are unashamedly “elitist” offering some of the best mediators in Europe. We will never offer an inappropriate mediator for any instruction.
The concept has worked extraordinarily well. Instructing solicitor’s feedback shows that not only was our business model correct but that the quality of the mediators’ performance and the administrative service that supports them has probably exceeded expectations.
The number of mediations per year has consistently increased since our launch. Since we launched the group we have received in excess of 5,500 appointments. The mediators within the chambers have mediated in excess of 8,500 between them in their careers.
The parties to cases IM members mediate range from litigants in person to multinational companies; with sums claimed from £25k to multi billion.
Appointments are received from a broad range of sources including, top ten City firms, international law firms, regional and high street practices, in-house lawyers, government departments, security services, local authorities, police forces and litigants in person.
The subjects mediated cover almost every sector of business and law. Some examples include; all aspects of company and commercial / construction / finance and banking / employment / group actions / insurance / pensions / probate and trusts / professional negligence / property / regulatory and workplace disputes.
Our appointments are increasingly from international sources with the number growing each year. Instructions from lawyers, clients and governments along with training and consultancy means our mediators have worked with over 85 countries worldwide. Following the implementation of the European Mediation Directive we took the decision to recognise the mediators experience and to offer our services to a wider audience who may wish to take advantage of the combined expertise in the growing areas of international, cross border and multiparty disputes.
Our international presence has been recognised by the international directory Who’s Who Legal who named us Mediation Firm of the Year 2019 at their awards ceremony in May 2019. Bill Marsh was awarded Mediator of the Year 2019 at the same ceremony