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Approach to Meditations
I am outcomes driven with a focus on getting the parties to a mutually acceptable settlement, if they can. I am empathetic, creative and proactive in moving things forward. Given my litigation experience I am aware of the impact that a trail can have on the parties and the interplay of legal costs on the overall dispute. I run my own business and so am aware of the issues involved in business and commerce.
Mediation can be an effective means of dispute resolution, saving the parties money, resources and stress through an early settlement, that, where relevant, allows their relationship to continue after settlement. The settlement is one that they are more likely to be able to live with – as they have reached it by mutual agreement. For their representatives it offers the chance of a better ongoing relationship with their clients than a loss at trial.
“You did a great job – great style and tone yet always professional, I can tell you are used to dealing with clients face to face. You had moved both parties from their positions to their interests which is the most important thing to do in my opinion to give yourself the best chance of reaching a settlement at the end of the day. First sessions were very good and you went on to explore very thoroughly in the second sessions. Great use of normalising and you showed confidence to subtly suggest issues that the parties were alluding to yet not explicitly saying – well done. Great questioning and body language also throughout as well as clear demonstration of actively listening. It was a strong performance, well done.”
Areas of specific experience
Rollout of IT Systems
Green Energy Generation
Partnerships incl. Practice Management
Small business, esp. with an ethnic background
A bit more info
During my 24 years as a Civil Litigation Solicitor in a regional firm I have settled over 1,500 disputes, the vast majority before trial. I was an equity partner for 14 years, sitting on the Board and running a large department (£4.5m turnover).
On leaving private practice in 2014 I set up my own consultancy, helping businesses to run better, both strategically & operationally (incl. implementation and training on new Case Management Systems), consulting into over 150 firms so far (nearly all SMEs). Whilst in practice I was Compliance and Quality Officer for my department.
As well as working in the legal sector, I have worked in the logistics industry, lodging patent applications for a new invention and then taking it to market, including doing the sales (incl. phone calls & site visits). I assisted a company setting up a brokerage platform for manufacturers of green energy generation systems. I started my working life as a progress chaser in a manufacturing business. I have trained as Business Coach. I was a Trustee and Chair of the Communications Committee on the PCC at my local church for 4 years, overseeing many projects, including rebranding and the creation of the website. I used to play in an Irish folk and Ceilidh band, playing the bodhran, tin whistle and calling for the dances. A keen hill walker, cyclist, Leicester Tigers rugby fan and passionate about conservation. I am half Swedish and married to an African – between us we have 4 teenage children.