Business / Commercial / Contracts

It’s in the nature of business that disputes will often happen and if they’re not dealt with quickly and efficiently, escalations occur. When this happens, parties can find themselves embroiled in protracted and prohibitively expensive litigation that can take years to resolve and could have a catastrophic effect on your business.

Litigation is compulsory and is based on a clear winner and clear loser, whereas mediation is a voluntary process that focuses on a workable agreement that is of mutual benefit to both parties, whether your dispute is with a partner, supplier, contractor or another trading party.

Global Mediation’s skilled and experienced mediators, all of whom have practical business experience work with both parties to facilitate an agreement to your dispute that remains confidential and free of unwanted publicity. They will also work towards rebuilding trust and business relationships that have been nurtured of a long period of time.

The benefits of mediation over going to court are significant, both in financial terms and also in terms of your ongoing business relationships and industry reputation.

For more information on Global Mediation’s business, commercial and contracts mediation service, please contact us or request a callback by completing the form on the right.

Examples of cases mediated

  • Dispute between a customer and telephone provider over unauthorised usage
  • Vehicle hire company conflict relating to the damage of a car in transit
  • Claim arising from the liquidation of large furniture company
  • Breach of contract for supply of goods
  • Termination of contract dispute
  • Breach of contract for aircraft leasing agreement
  • Breach of contract for the supply of goods and services for new properties
  • Contract dispute over refurbishment work and non payment on residential property
  • Breach of contract claim between property developer and sub-contractor
  • Family business breakdown and distribution of assets
  • Breach of contract for the supply and distribution of software and maintenance agreement
  • Renegotiation of multi-party research and development agreement including protection, intellectual property rights and ownership and payment of royalties
  • Contract claim over disputed royalty payment by publisher to copyright owner
  • Renegotiation of software development and maintenance services agreement
  • Multi million pound tracing claim
  • £100m international oil trading fraud
    Dispute arising from the privilege of self-incrimination
  • Dispute involving a firm of estate agents and allegations of secret commissions
  • A case involving the dispute over statutory limitation period
  • Dispute about whether a company premium charged in respect of matters other than risk of liability for costs by an underwriter could be recoverable
  • A dispute relating to winding up
  • A dispute about the locus of creditors to present petitions on just and equitable grounds
  • A dispute about whether a disqualification order under the Companies Directors Disqualification Act 1986 was valid
  • A disagreement about the interpretation of the Insolvency Rules 1986
  • Various disputes between commissioners and contractors
  • Commercial litigation case involving IT problems and a national service provider
  • Dispute over attempted start up of internet business on availability of 24 hours services in a local area
  • A disagreement arising out of trading terms
  • A dispute between businesses over material quality
  • A dispute involving unpaid commission/royalties
  • A disagreement between parties about marketing support
  • A disagreement between parties about a franchise & distribution issue
  • Contract disputes between local authority and government commissioners
  • Dispute over ownership of various properties in a portfolio valued at over £11m
  • Dispute over ownership of business and family home following the break-up of a relationship
  • Dispute over finance and properties following the break-up of a family business
  • Multi-party dispute between board members regarding the performance of a Director
  • Claim for unpaid invoices for work carried out by PR agency
  • Claim for termination of leasing agreement for computer equipment
  • Dispute involving costs and liability for damages after difficulties arising from the actions of a removal firm.
  • Post-divorce solution to financial problems caused through the international dissipation of assets
  • Disagreement involving system for the fair retention of information in a complex employment environment
  • A £150,000 claim over the termination of a regional sales concession
  • Customer claim of £70,000 and counterclaim of £130,000
  • A dispute over a private financial claim
  • Board and shareholder issues in a developing international company
  • A dispute within a social housing maintenance company involving three parties
  • A breach of trust concerning company shares
  • A dispute between the CEO and a director concerning moral and commercial judgement
  • Dispute between charterer of private jets and lighting company regarding contract
  • Dispute between recruitment consultant and small employer regarding recruitment fee
  • Dispute between hotel and heating and plumbing installers regarding alleged faulty installation
  • Business disputing cost of private jet charter, believing it had been provided on a free trial basis; no legal costs yet incurred, but parties took matter very personally and feelings were running very high at mediation.
  • Telephone mediation to resolve small claim by a couple against a national holiday company, with allegations that holiday not as described in brochure etc
  • Dispute about an employee recommended by a recruitment consultant, and the terms of the contract and fee payable upon the appointment, which did not work out
  • Dispute between homeowners and double glazing installers regarding alleged faulty installation, and non-payment of invoices
  • Commercial dispute over consultancy agreement with firm overseas
  • Commercial dispute over claim for breaches in performance of contract for repair and re-fit to commercial fishing vessel
  • Contractual dispute over provision of web marketing services to company dealing in manufacture and supply of household goods
  • Commercial dispute arising from action for recovery of monies under contract for provision of security services
  • Dispute concerning supply of parts for high-precision fibre optic products manufactured to customer specification
  • Dispute between Beauty Salon and Beauty Therapist alleging breach of restrictive covenant against competition
  • Contractual dispute over commercial consultancy fees
  • Contractual dispute concerning commission payments for provision of recruitment consultancy
  • 3-way commercial dispute between landlord, credit referencing agency & residential agents over provision of credit reference for defaulting tenants
  • Dispute between surveyor and a construction company for unpaid professional fees
  • Dispute over professional fees claimed by solicitors instructed in relation to SENDIST tribunal 
  • Various disputes arising from repairing and other contractual obligations in business tenancies
  • Dispute arising from contracts to provide accountancy and audit services
  • Various disputes arising from contracts to organise conferences or events

Mediators that specialise in Business / Commercial / Contracts

Adam Gersch

Managing Director

Adam is Global Mediation\'s MD as well as Head of Argent Law Mediation Team. A criminal barrister, he established Global Mediation in 2001 and his ability to manage complex cases coupled with his personable approach, creativity and lateral thought processes is both respected and sought-after.

Agada Elachi


Agada is experienced in a wide range of mediations and his ability is enhanced and complimented by time spent on other areas of dispute resolution, including arbitration, negotiation and early neutral evaluation. His calm demeanour puts parties at ease, enabling positive dispute resolution.

Alan Newman QC


A highly experienced Queen\'s Counsel appointed in 1989 and Recorder Judge qualified to practise law in the USA, Alan is a very highly regarded and much sought after mediator with extensive experience across all forms of mediation, including complex and high profile cases in the UK and abroad.

Catherine Milsom


Catherine is a highly experienced criminal barrister with the ability to quickly identify and critically analyse the relevant issues. A skilled communicator, she is able to marshal evidence in support of arguments and successful outcomes and as such, her mediation skills are highly coveted.

Charles Horn


With an outstanding settlement rate of over 90% from more than 500 mediations, Charles is an advanced negotiation expert with multi-faceted mediation experience. Rather than evaluative or directive, his style is holistically reactive to the needs of the parties and their interactions with others.

Cheryl Turner


Cheryl is a highly experienced mediator with a transformational approach. She uses her skills to help parties in dispute to see the issues each side is facing as well as the emotional, financial or practical options available to them and then guides them towards a mutually acceptable settlement.

David Hines


David is an experienced SEN mediator with an in-depth knowledge of the needs of parents and children. He works hard to ensure all parties can speak and be listened to and constantly looks for results by exercising patience, persistence and a positive outlook in the face of potential difficulties.

Edward Culver


A practising barrister, Edward works hard to make the atmosphere during mediation as conducive to constructive dialogue as possible, making sure that each party can participate and contribute fully, enabling all areas of disagreement and conflict to come to a mutually agreeable resolution.

Elizabeth Lowe


A barrister and mediator with an analytical mind able to quickly and effectively process large amounts of information, Elizabeth explores, under time constraints and often difficult circumstances, key issues in dispute and asks the questions that elicit the most positive outcomes for all parties.

Ewan Malcolm


An experienced mediator who has worked internationally, Ewan encourages co-operation in joint problem solving and uses a wide range of sophisticated mediation strategies to effect resolution. His courteous manner compliments his tenacity and patience with parties looking to find agreeable solutions.

Gareth Thompson


Gareth creates trust and confidence with his ability to get parties to \"buy in\" to the mediation process and to take ownership and responsibility for generating a successful outcome. He deals confidently with multi-layered personal dynamics and is highly skilled in managing diverse, complex issues.

Grace Ong


A barrister with expert-level experience of deconstructing issues and getting to the root of the matter, Grace combines impartiality with a calm yet firm manner. She has the ability to encourage parties to critically evaluate their positions and ease deadlock situations across all types of dispute.

Jane Elias


Jane is a highly qualified and vastly experienced mediator who takes an authoritative yet empathetic approach, helping to facilitate communication between disputing parties. Her aim is to move clients from a position of confrontation to one of confidence, always looking for a win/win resolution.

Jane Gunn


An internationally regarded mediator, Jane has a natural affinity with users of mediation and provides valuable insight and wisdom into how to identify and manage conflict before it escalates. She tests parties? positions using diplomacy skills and reality checking as encouragement to settle.

Janick Fielding


Janick is an experienced barrister and possesses all the attributes required in a successful mediator. He believes in facilitative mediation as opposed to litigation and he can be relied upon to maintain focus, keep the mediation on track and will help the parties to find a successful resolution.

Jeff Lermer


A chartered accountant and NLP Master Practitioner, Jeff?s mediation style is rooted in a just and reasonable approach to solving problems. He understands that he is simply the facilitator to help to resolve often complex differences but the solution must come from the parties involved.

Jeremy Connell


Jeremy successfully manages the mediation process through a combination of acute listening and subtle yet effective intervention. He has an ability to quickly establish a constructive rapport with both parties in dispute through building trust and an unwavering commitment to dispute resolution.

Jessica Holmes


A barrister and member of Argent Law with a keen eye for detail, Jessica approaches her mediation cases from a facilitative, empathetic and analytical standpoint which allows her to understand and unlock the pertinent issues in a dispute and enabling the parties to reach a successful outcome.

Linda Laurance


A previous director of Global Mediation, Linda skilfully assists both parties to identify the deep-lying issues of each dispute, to identify the common ground and to achieve an agreeable and sustainable resolution. She is very adaptable and has an outstanding track-record of successful mediations.

Nigel Barr


Nigel has two decades of relevant commercial experience that enabled his to develop a mediation style that is focused on parties being able to prioritise issues and reach settlements. He has a relaxed style and exudes a calm confidence and subtle sense of humour that puts disputing parties at ease.

Phillip Hackett QC


A leading Queen\'s Counsel, Phillip\'s renowned legal career allows him to provide incisive case analysis in highly complex disputes. He is adept at assisting in the amicable search for resolution and persuasively enables parties to overcome their differences in the most challenging circumstances.

Richard Watkins


A highly skilled mediator who takes a diplomatic approach to sensitive situations and has the skills to mediate challenging cases that have sensitive or pressured time constraints. By maintaining a sense of calm through the process, both parties can find an agreeable resolution to their dispute.

Roy Poyntz


Roy is a highly qualified mediator and business leader who quickly builds rapport with parties. He is experienced in solution-focused as well as relational repair mediation styles and seeks to put parties in control and engage them as experts while maintain a relaxed sense of humour and humanity.

Sally Ruthen


With legal and psychological experience, Sally is a reputable and successful mediator who approaches each case with versatility and confidence. She quickly appreciates the issues, needs and interests of both parties and projects a positive outlook enabling them to settle their disputes fairly.

Sally Thompson


Sally is a practising barrister who is highly coveted for her ability to achieve creative settlements in the most challenging of cases. Her approach is flexible and tailored to the individual requirements of each mediation and she looks for principled solutions to move towards a lasting resolution.