[The mediator] was punctual, confident and fair. He made us feel comfortable and at ease.

Jeff Lermer

Finance Director

BSc (Hons) FCA FPC, CEDR Accredited Mediator

A Business & Economics graduate from Southampton University, Jeff qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and joined BDO Stoy Hayward. He then joined Hays Allan (now Hays McIntyre) and from there he left to join a 10-partner firm, Bellman Messik and got partnership in 1993 at the age of 29. The firm spilt in 1999 and a breakaway company was formed, Sobell Rhodes, which Jeff joined firstly as a salaried partner and then as an equity partner.

2003 saw the formation of Jeff Lermer & Associates, originally with three staff. Today they have 13 staff including accountants, managers and administrators.

As Finance Director, Jeff is primarily responsible for finance, budgeting and planning and has been with Global Mediation since its inception, joining the board in 2006.

Jeff became an accredited mediator in March 2013 and carries out financial and commercial mediations.

Professional memberships include –

  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Tax committee member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Member of the Construction Industry Reform Implementation Panel
  • Member of the Construction Industry Reform Tax Faculty

In addition, he regularly lectures and advises businesses and associations on a wide variety of tax related topics.

Outside of the office, Jeff juggles his time between four daughters and his wife who works for an MP in Westminster. An interesting fact about Jeff is that he knew he wanted to become an accountant from the age of six. “I loved numbers, always felt comfortable with numbers and I thought my Dad’s accountant was glamorous. Well, he had a great car and smoked cigars, all very enticing for a six year old!”