Going to court should often be seen as the last resort. A skilled mediator will help you to find an amicable, private and satisfactory solution.
Park Square Barristers offers the mediation services of several barristers with experience of mediating civil disputes of all types and sizes. Between them, they offer over 100 years’ mediation experience, and they include a recorder of the court and a deputy district judge. We offer the use of pleasant and private mediation rooms in the centre of Leeds, just a few minutes’ walk from the train station or multi-storey parking.
Our mediation specialists deal with disputes involving property (including landlords and tenants); boundaries and rights of way; families and their finances; business agreements; employment, leases; and neighbours. They can also handle cases involving personal injury, professional negligence, probate and trusts, company disputes and insolvency matters.
What is mediation?
Mediation can be a fast, satisfying and cost-effective way to resolve domestic and commercial disputes without having to go to court. Mediation uses an independent third party, such as a barrister, to help the parties negotiate an agreement. Any signed agreement is then binding on all parties, and can be enforced by a court.
Why use mediation instead of the courts?
- It’s faster (usually a few hours to a day), and therefore much less expensive
- Some courts will expect you to go to mediation first, and there may be financial penalties if you don’t
- Mediation is private, so it’s less stressful and helps avoid unwelcome publicity; also, no one else will know the terms of the settlement
- Mediation can be very useful in highly emotional disputes
- It keeps communication open, enabling everyone to be heard
- It helps make it possible for relationships to be maintained afterwards
- The outcome is approved by everyone involved, not imposed by a judge
- Mediation has a very high success rate
- Negotiated settlements are likely to be observed, so there’s less chance of having to go back to mediation or to the courts
- Even if a settlement isn’t reached, it isn’t the end: you can still turn to the courts (and nothing discussed in the mediation can be mentioned in court).
Why use a barrister to mediate?
- Barristers are accustomed to rapidly arriving at the facts, strengths and weaknesses of a case
- They will aim for settlement, but not at any cost
- They can ensure that any settlement won’t breach the law
- They are more likely to ensure fairness.
What does it cost?
Park Square Barristers offers an initial 4-hour mediation for £1,250 + VAT, including time for your mediator to read the details of your case. If you need more time after that, the charge is £95 + VAT per half-hour. There is a low initial booking fee of £100, deducted from the final bill. The use of 3 attractive mediation rooms is included, but arrangements can be made for the mediator to attend elsewhere if preferred.
Full details of the fees and charges can be obtained on request.
For further details please contact one of mediation clerks.
Who can mediate for you?
The following Park Square Barristers are trained and highly experienced in resolving disputes through mediation:
Andrew Lewis QC
Andrew is Head of Chambers and was called to the Bar in 1985. He was appointed a Recorder in 2001, Queens Counsel in 2009 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. He has previously worked as an Arbitrator and is a contributor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service. Andrew has vast experience of conducting mediation’s, particularly in personal injury, professional negligence and contractual disputes. Andrew has for very many years been routinely noted in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Directories as a band 1 Silk, with a skill set suited to conducting mediation’s: He is noted as ‘one of the most approachable silks in the country’ providing ‘meticulously thought-out advice’, ‘remarkably pragmatic, user-friendly and terrifically strong on his feet’. Andrew works as an evaluator and facilitator providing alternative dispute resolution for the Independent Evaluation and Facilitation Service. Read full profile.
David was called to the Bar in 1977 and was accredited as a mediator in 1999. Since then, he has accumulated a wealth of mediation experience. He is a strong choice for disputes involving wills and trusts, landlords and tenants, professional negligence, partnership and company disputes, and property issues such as easements, restrictive covenants and boundary disputes. Read full profile.
David was called to the Bar in 1987. His first mediation concerned the multi-million-pound transfer of a Premier League footballer and agent’s fees. He has a practice in property and commercial law, and as a regular part of this practice he attends mediation in many different formats. Recent mediation’s have concerned a claim arising from the alleged defective installation of a major chemical-processing plant in the North East; two claims under the Inheritance (etc) Act 1976, against a multi-million-pound estate; and a claim based on breach of confidence against former employees of a major construction company. David has also regularly assisted in mediation’s relating to boundaries, property and rights-of-way disputes. He is a pragmatic and realistic negotiator and adviser, who recognises that mediation is a very different process from court-room advocacy and allows for much greater flexibility in possible results. Read full profile.
Called to the Bar in 1991, Andrew also sits as a deputy district judge and leads our mediation team. He is described by The Legal 500 as having “a solid commercial and professional negligence practice”. He qualified as a mediator with the ADR Group in 1999 and is a member of the Association of Northern Mediators. He is a strong choice for disputes involving banking, professional negligence, landlord and tenant disputes, boundaries and rights of way, and farm partnerships. Read full profile.
Called to the Bar in 1994, Darren has considerable experience of mediation’s, especially in commercial matters including disputes between rival recruitment businesses, leasehold and property agencies; disputes between landlords and tenants; and arguments over the dissolution of businesses and between company directors. He has taken part in a number of successful ‘self-mediation’ sessions, where both sides cut out the (sometimes expensive) middle-man by agreeing a structured joint settlement meeting at which each party agrees to looks at the pros and cons of each other’s cases, and/or engage in round-table idea-generating sessions to bring new perspectives and creative solutions to settlement discussions. Darren will either act for parties or as a facilitator in mediation’s. Read full profile.
Before being called to the Bar in 2011, Paul was a solicitor for 11 years. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Association of Northern Mediators, and the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA). He is accredited by the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and ADR Group. Read full profile.
Simon was called to the Bar this year, but practised as a solicitor since 1998 and was until May 2016 a partner in an international law firm where he gained significant exposure (building on his earlier experience) to complex, high value and multi-party claims, often with an international element in the following areas: construction disputes, professional indemnity claims, insurance coverage matters and more recently banking and finance litigation.
Simon has conducted many mediation’s over the years across a spectrum of values and issues and is available to represent parties at mediation’s or as a mediator. Read full profile.