ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) has emerged to become an established form of dispute resolution. ADR need not mean only mediation, but as a term has come to include, for example, Early Neutral Evaluation as well as round table settlement meetings. The courts have thrown their weight behind ADR and the consequences of failing to accept an offer of ADR by the other party to litigation can be serious, as has been (yet again) demonstrated in recent cases. So when can a defendant refuse to mediate?Read more
Since setting up my own practice in 2004, I have worked as both practitioner in the area of Technology Law and also as Alternative Dispute Resolution provider in a variety of industry sectors, though primarily in the technology sector or cases where there is some added complexity.
NOTE: I HAVE EXPERIENCE IN CONDUCTING REMOTE MEDIATIONS AND HAVE TRAINED WITH USING ZOOM FOR THAT PURPOSE.
I have become an experienced arbitrator and mediator in disputes in the general commercial area, but I have a great deal of experience to bring to bear in what could broadly be called the technology arena, taking in commercial and intellectual property disputes with a technology focus. I sit on various panels in various capacities – arbitrator, adjudicator and expert. For example, I am an Expert on the Nominet panel deciding disputes to do with .uk domains. I have issued many awards on various arbitration schemes, including those run by CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) and the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). This means that I have issued decisions in various fields – holidays and travel, employment, telecommunications as well as my core compentency of technology. I also sit as Chair of the British Computer Society’s Disciplinary Tribunal.
If you want a copy of my CV, you can find it here. You will see that I have been involved in disputes across a wide range of areas: IT and IP, employment, consumer, general commercial, property, sales of goods and services and others.
I bring to any dispute my years of experience in advising on and acting in disputes, as well as a commercial understanding grounded on my work for clients in a non-contentious capacity, skills which have won me acknowledgements – Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession called me “good news” on the most complex of matters when I set up my business and indeed I pride myself on my attention to detail both as a lawyer and as someone with many years’ experience working in various industries.
Of course, with the current health crisis, I am available to work remotely and have trained with Zoom, which I use regularly. In fact, I anticipate that this will be a feature going forward, and I am happy to welcome new methods of carrying out essential tasks. In fact, in some senses, doing remote mediations or hearings makes things easier for busy people who do not necessarily have the time for travel and waiting.