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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.
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.
Here’s another link to my dispute resolution CV.