Accredited by CEDR in 2000, Mark is also an ADR panel mediator, both as a commercial mediator and workplace mediator. Not only has Mark conducted mediations in a wide range of areas, he has also been lead negotiator on numerous occasions for his own clients over a period of 14 years since mediation was first introduced into the English legal system, and, therefore, fully appreciates the needs of the parties.
He describes mediation as a major tool in his armoury to settle his own cases. He practices what he preaches.
His areas of expertise and mediation practice include:
• Partnership and shareholder disputes
• Breach of contract claims / commercial disputes
• Professional negligence
• Franchise disputes
• Trust and probate disputes
• Banking and finance
• Workplace disputes
• Team mediations
With over 30 years of being qualified as a solicitor, and over 25 years of litigation practice behind him, Mark draws on his extensive experience of negotiating settlements on behalf of his clients as well as representing them at mediations. While he has a calm and measured approach, he injects his personality and sense of humour to relax parties while working hard with them to reach a settlement
"An experienced mediator with a blend of charm, humour, thinking "outside the box" and determination to see the parties conclude a successful mediation"
Mark has been described in “Chambers” as “...dynamic and moves a case forward. He’s a lateral thinker”. The 2012 edition of “Legal 500” says that he “is committed and develops great depth of knowledge of a case.”
Mark has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator and acts for a number of regional, national and multi-national companies. He has a wide experience not only of the law, but also of the commercial realities that companies face concerning the impact of litigation.
In his spare time Mark enjoys lacrosse, having played at international and veteran international level. He is now a lacrosse referee and gained his international referee badge at the European Championships in 2012.
Law Society; Association of Partnership Practitioners; ADR; Association of Northern Mediators; North West Mediation Services; SCMA.