OUR MEDIATORS

OUR MEDIATORS

"We all believe in mediating construction disputes and helping parties find a resolution fast, cost-effectively and in a confidential environment"

ALISTAIR PYE MEDIATOR

Antony Marsh
MEDIATOR

Antony combines over 25 years OF experience IN construction disputes AND extensive senior management at the helm of a highly respected City of London law firm

Antony is a CEDR-accredited mediator.

As a solicitor, Antony has acted in construction and insurance-related disputes for over 25 years. 

Recognised by the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in professional negligence in both 2013 and 2014 and described by the same publication as “proactive and commercial “ (2013) and “outstanding” (2014 ), Antony was Managing Partner (2002 – 2013) and Senior Partner (2004 – 2013) of Fishburns LLP, a well-respected City of London-based law firm with a highly rated construction team.

Following Fishburns’ merger with DWF LLP in 2013, Antony sat on DWF’s Strategic Board for 3 years. He is currently Head of Professional Indemnity and Commercial Insurance at DWF and a member of DWF’s Executive Board.

Antony’s extensive senior management experience means he is highly attuned to the commercial and people aspects of construction disputes. Such attributes, when combined with extensive construction and insurance experience, mean that Antony is well-placed to mediate construction disputes.
ANDREW MILLER MEDIATOR

ANDREW MILLER QC
MEDIATOR

Andrew Miller is a Queen’s Counsel with over 25 years of experience of dealing with and resolving commercial disputes

Andrew practices as a QC and mediates in a wide range of commercial sectors, often with an international dimension in a variety of areas including that of Construction, property damage, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and general commercial disputes.
 
Andrew is a CEDR-Accredited Mediator and has been involved in the mediation of disputes since 1996. Andrew has experience of over 125 mediations and has mediated both domestically and internationally over a wide range of disputes.
 
Andrew is consistently recognised by clients and in the legal directories for his forceful advocacy, strong negotiation and tactical skills. He is praised for his commercial approach to the resolution of disputes, whether in the traditional litigation forum, arbitration or through ADR.

Andrew is also a qualified arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
 
Andrew has been able to use his background as a successful commercial practitioner specialising in all aspects of insurance and construction and general commercial litigation to become a practical, efficient and user-friendly mediator. 

Andrew’s substantial commercial experience allows him to be able to assist the parties to the mediation by being able to identify for the parties the strengths and weaknesses of their case and be suitably skilled to reality test the parties’ case and proposed options for settlements. 

Andrew welcomes a direct approach at all stages of the mediation and is very adaptable and able to deploy a blend of facilitation and evaluation to suit individual mediations. 
ELIZABETH REPPER MEDIATOR

Elizabeth Repper
MEDIATOR

RANKED IN THE LEGAL 500 2016 AND APPOINTED AS MEDIATOR OVER 90 TIMES, ELIZABETH REPPER MEDIATES DISPUTES THROUGHOUT THE UK AND IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

A barrister at Keating Chambers, specialists in construction law, since 2005 representing clients in arbitrations (domestic and international), adjudications and court (including in party wall disputes), since 2014, Liz has only accepted alternative dispute resolution appointments. She now spends the majority of her time acting as mediator.

Together with mediating construction, property and professional negligence disputes (including those involving solicitors, architects, engineers and surveyors), Liz has a growing practice mediating general commercial cases (including disputes involving liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy). She has also co-mediated multi-million pound and multi-party disputes, including a 5 party and an 8 party dispute.

A popular choice with clients who appreciate her “attention to detail”, “relaxed style” and knowledge of the subject area, Liz has been praised for being “very perceptive as to where the main issues would lie” as well as really “bending her back” on behalf of the parties and brokering a settlement that would have been impossible without her help.

As a well known writer and speaker, Liz is regularly invited to give her workshop about practical tips for parties attending mediations. She is the author of the Practical Law Note ‘Mediation of Construction Disputes’ and a blogger for Practical Law Construction. Her articles have also appeared in the ICE Construction Law Quarterly, the JCT Newsletter and the RICS Property Journal.
ROBERT HOGARTH MEDIATOR

ROBERT HOGARTH
MEDIATOR

Robert has over 25 years' experience as a solicitor representing both the insurance industry and main contractors in a huge range of disputes. 

Robert has a fierce interest in finding ways to avoid the formulaic side to construction disputes.

Robert trained as a mediator with the London School of Mediation. Robert has designed an Excel tool for modelling litigation risk, which is in regular use at RPC. In that sense only, he advocates litigation by numbers! He has a wealth of experience representing clients at mediations and understands the issues that can get in the way of settlement.
Robert has been a TECSA-accredited Adjudicator since its panel was first set up.

Robert started his legal career working for construction insurers, but over the last 15 years has transitioned into working exclusively for contractors. Along the way, his construction expertise has broadened to include PFI and outsourcing contracts.

"He's very pragmatic and provides no-nonsense plain English legal advice with an eye on keeping costs to a minimum." (Chambers, 2016)

He is ‘an exceptional operator’ (Legal 500, 2016)

“Perhaps his single biggest asset is his ability to listen and adapt to the needs of clients,” Winner UK construction, Client Choice in 2013.

Robert was Senior Partner of RPC from 2008 to 2014. He is head of the Construction and Projects Team at RPC and EMEA Regional Chair of Terralex' Construction Infrastructure and Mining Practice Group.

Robert is editor of Insurance Law for the Construction Industry, now in its 2nd edition with Oxford University Press.
ALISTAIR PYE MEDIATOR

Andrew KearneY
MEDIATOR

ANDREW HAS 25 YEARS’ CONSTRUCTION DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE AS SOLICITOR, BARRISTER, JUDGE, ADJUDICATOR, MEDIATOR AND ARBITRATOR

Andrew understands construction dispute resolution from a wide range of perspectives.

He has had experience of disputes large and small, including acting as a consultant to the Federation of Master Builders, as a Deputy District Judge in Fast Track trials in the County Court, in an international firm of solicitors running high-profile disputes in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords and as advocate in local, national and international disputes at the Bar. 

Before stepping across to the Bar 10 years ago, Andrew was a Solicitor for 15 years, dealing exclusively with construction disputes. As a Barrister, he acts in construction disputes of all sizes, from residential projects to ICC Arbitration and is regularly top ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers guides. He has been an Adjudicator for 15 years, a Mediator for 9 years and an Arbitrator for 5 years.

Andrew knows what happens when disputes are not resolved by agreement, but has been involved in the successful mediation of many apparently intractable disputes.

STEPHEN HOMER MEDIATOR

Stephen Homer
MEDIATOR

Stephen has conducted some 40 mediations as mediator and his settlement rate on the day is running at over 80%

As well as acting as mediator, Stephen is Ashfords LLP's Head of Adjudication and Arbitration and is well-known for his construction law practice, being highly ranked in Chambers Legal Director for his expertise. ""First rate" Stephen Homer….widely recognised as a market leading construction lawyer." - Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, 2013 Edition.

Stephen's background is as a commercial litigator and he has a wide-ranging experience of disputes across a wide range of industries from power stations to publishing and often including property issues.  

Stephen is used to dealing with claims of all sizes and complexity from those involving many millions of pounds to small private client disputes.
ANDREW MILLER MEDIATOR

REBECCA TAYLOR
MEDIATOR

Rebecca is a Barrister and Mediator, is recommended as a specialist construction lawyer by Chambers UK Bar Guide and Legal 500, and also has experience managing claims within national law firms

Rebecca was called to the Bar in 2003 and is a practising Barrister in the highly regarded Construction and Engineering team at St John’s Chambers in Bristol. She is well-known on the Western Circuit both as a practitioner and as a speaker on construction dispute avoidance and resolution.

As an accredited Adjudicator, and regular participant in adjudications either as Adjudicator or on behalf of one of the parties, Rebecca has ample first-hand experience of how costs can escalate out of control in disputes determined by adjudication and serial adjudication.

Rebecca’s Court experience includes both TCC Multi Track cases and lower-value County Court Fast Track building disputes. She firmly believes that early mediation is an important, but often overlooked, tool in lower-value cases where costs very quickly become disproportionate.

Rebecca is a good listener. Her mediation style in part builds on her experience as a problem solver in a national law firm, dealing with difficult matters on which there had been complaints or errors – a role which required the use of soft skills and empathy to rebuild trust.
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SIMON HENDERSON
MEDIATOR

SIMON HAS OVER 20 YEARS' EXPERIENCE AS A BARRISTER SPECIALISING IN CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY DISPUTES 

Simon was called to the bar in 1993 and has been a barrister at 4 Pump Court since completing his pupillage there in 1994. He specialises in construction and technology law and related professional negligence and commercial work. He is CEDR-accredited and part of CEDR’s UK Mediator Panel.

He is ranked as a leading construction junior in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guides. Comments include “extremely user-friendly”, “very hands-on, very calm on his feet and very good with clients”, “gets to grip with cases quickly and helps to get them where they need to be”. He is used to dealing with complex high-value multi-party disputes.

Simon brings these skills and experience to his mediation practice. He has an informal and pragmatic style and is keenly aware of the commercial realities faced by the parties. He is not afraid to press the parties where necessary and his extensive first-hand experience of all types of construction dispute resolution (including court proceedings, arbitration, adjudication and all forms of ADR) enables him to engage in serious reality testing if required.
ROBERT HOGARTH MEDIATOR

DAVID SEARS QC
MEDIATOR

David is a Queen’s Counsel with over 30 years experience of managing disputes in the construction industry.

David started in practice as a barrister in 1986 and has earned a reputation as a leading practitioner in commercial dispute resolution, both in court and in arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction and engineering, professional negligence and insurance law. He took silk (became a QC) in 2003.

David has been highly ranked consistently over the years in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leader in the fields of professional negligence and construction where it has been said, for example, that:

He is ‘very approachable and a real pleasure to work with’ and ‘very responsive and good with the clients’.

He ‘does extremely good technical work’ and ‘his ability to pick up very complex technical issues is second to none.’

‘He has a strong reputation for high-profile and significant work’ and ‘is noted for his amazing ability to grasp the issues in a case’.

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator, both by TECBAR and ADR Chambers. He has been involved in numerous mediations, either as Counsel or as Mediator, and is a passionate advocate for mediation as an economical and practical way to resolve disputes.

As a Mediator, he prides himself on being well briefed beforehand and then getting quickly to the heart of the dispute so that, with his help and guidance, the parties can achieve a settlement in their best commercial interests.
CHRISTOPHER REEVES MEDIATOR

Christopher Reeves
MEDIATOR

Chris is a construction solicitor and practising mediator with 30 years' experience in the construction industry 

Chris is the Founder of M4C and has the unique position of an RICS accredited mediator, solicitor and chartered builder. He comes highly recommended as a mediator that works hard to achieve settlement in complex construction disputes.

Chris has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, having started his career on site as a carpenter then site management, surveyor then into the legal profession as a solicitor specialising in dispute resolution.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Chris is recognised for the "wealth of knowledge he has in actual construction, which makes for a much more efficient service as he quickly grasps and understands issues".

Chris is also accredited in adjudication by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has extensive experience of adjudication procedure and practise. He is passionate about education in the industry to bring awareness of the benefits of mediation over adjudication to the fore.

Chris regularly receives appointments from solicitors, as well as parties that come to mediation without legal representation.
MARTIN ROBERTS MEDIATOR

MARTIN ROBERTS
MEDIATOR

Martin has been assisting clients to resolve construction disputes for over 35 years as a Partner and former Head of Construction at Pinsent Masons LLP.

He has always been driven by the end commercial result and believes that too many lawyers become stifled by the process and lose sight of the end game.

Martin has been involved in mediation for over 20 years. He was trained by CEDR and accredited as a CEDR Mediator in 1997. He has represented clients in dozens of mediations over the last 20 years, and also accepted occasional appointments as Mediator when client and firm management commitments have allowed.

Martin has been recognised by the legal directories as a “Leader in his field“ for many years.

Legal 500 describes him as “being held in extremely high regard by the rest of the industry“.

Chambers and Partners view him as “an impressive choice for contentious work“ and as “a source of sensible and commercial advice” who “attracts attention for his quality advice on a wide range of construction and engineering issues“.

Martin has served as Head of Construction at Pinsent Masons, as an elected Member of the firm's Partnership Board for 10 years and, most recently, served as Head of the firm’s London Office from 2004 to 2015.

He currently serves on the CBI Construction Council and is an elected member of the CBI London Council. He was President of the City of London Law Society for 2012/13.
MARK MATTISON MEDIATOR

MARK MATTISON
MEDIATOR

Mark was trained by CEDR in 1998 and has worked as an independent mediator since taking early retirement from Eversheds in 2005.

Prior to his retirement he was head of Eversheds construction team for the North of England. Although based in the North West, he accepts mediation appointments throughout the UK. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CIarb and RICS mediator panel member.

Mark is recognised as a leading mediator by Chambers UK. He has a calm, patient and enthusiastic manner, maintaining good momentum and effective control in his mediations.
Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden MEDIATOR

Anna-liisa Blanks-Walden
MEDIATOR

Anna-Liisa brings a practical and pragmatic approach to resolving construction disputes, applying 15 years of insight in this area.

Anna-Liisa is an ADR-Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator specialised in construction dispute resolution. She is a Partner and Team Manager of Construction at Clarke Willmott LLP.

As a construction solicitor, Anna-Liisa has achieved settlement on 100+ building disputes. These include breaches of contract, final account, delay, extensions of time, loss and expense, defects, and insolvency claims. She also has experience in resolving professional negligence claims with architects, employer’s agents, surveyors and engineers.

She understands the pressures disputes bring for employers/developers (national housebuilders, supermarket retailers, health sector and education providers, sports organisations, housing associations, local authorities, charities and individuals), contractors and specialist sub-contractors.

Disputes affect parties’ ability to focus on delivering key objectives, often eating into the bottom line, while consuming staff and management time. Court, adjudication and arbitration proceedings involve the risk of an unknown outcome following battle.

Mediation is a much more positive and controlled process with high success rates for settling disputes.

What can you expect from Anna-Liisa as your Mediator? She promotes practical solutions, is focused, proactive and comes with a detailed knowledge of construction law. Above all, she is committed to getting a deal done - emphasising the risks of alternative options and avoiding the pain of these.

She understands the involved parties’ needs, providing workshops, in-house training and seminars on dispute resolution, risk management, contracts (JCT, NEC, bespoke) and has been published in the construction press.

Anna-Liisa was on the committee of Constructing Excellence Bristol Club for 5+ years, having been Chair of South West Women in Construction. She is a member of Women in Social Housing, also attending Society of Construction Law and Adjudication Society Events.
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