The Mediator does not impose a decision, nor make any kind of judgment – unlike a Judge or Arbitrator. The Mediator’s role is rather one of facilitating the parties in finding their own, mutually acceptable, solution.

A successful Mediator of commercial disputes will therefore require a broad skill-set that includes strong listening and collaborative skills as well as broad day-to-day experience in commercial problem solving. Chartered Accountants are such experienced commercial problem solvers with, in addition, a non-adversarial analytical and professional DNA.

“ It is not easy to move from being an adversarial lawyer on one day of the week to a Mediator on another. It is not just about training, but a cast of mind”

Lord Falconer