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Public Sector / Local Authorities

Over the last decade, there has been a steady rise in claims against public sector bodies and local authorities, both internally and from the public. In a climate of financial constraints and economic cutbacks, the costs associated with disputes can be extremely high.

Mediation offers a cost-effective route to dispute resolution without the need for expensive and lengthy litigation and is conducted without prejudice.  Due to its confidential nature, mediation also protects parties from unwanted media exposure.

Global Mediation’s team of specialist public sector mediators work with government, local authority and public sector bodies as well as with individuals, business and organisations engaged with the public sector. Acting as independent neutrals, we help promote new ideas and creative answers for the resolution of your dispute as well as rebuilding relationships and trust.

For more information on Global Mediation’s public sector and Local Authority mediation services, please contact us or request a callback by completing the form on the right.

Examples of cases mediated

  • Management conflict between Headteacher and Local Authority
    Dispute over the speech therapy provision by a Local Authority
  • Devised and set up SEN Mediation scheme for 22 Local Authorities.
  • Dispute between employee and line manager which led to the resignation of employee
    Breakdown in communication between two senior department heads and a junior employee
  • Claim for compensation for injuries sustained by a pupil against local authority
  • A claim against a government agency for wrongful arrest, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution
  • Dispute between a family and a local authority


Mediators that specialise in Public Sector / Local Authorities

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.

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.

Angela Knowlden


Angela has been a mediator since 1979 and approaches SEN mediations with patience and empathy for the parties in dispute. She offers a safe, secure environment with the belief that they should be given support to find their own solutions that leads to productive communication and resolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jim Campbell


An elected City Councillor, Jim has an ability to adapt his style dependent on the type of dispute he is mediating. He takes a carefully focused approach and uses his skills to diffuse often emotionally charged disagreements so that both parties can explore all possible solutions to their dispute.

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.

Martha Monday


Martha has extensive mediation experience, having been mediating on a regular basis since 1998. She practised simultaneously as a family law barrister for 16 years, but has recently resigned from the Bar to concentrate upon her mediation practice, preferring the investigative, empowering and non-adversarial approach offered by this process of dispute resolution. Assisted by her honed listening and negotiation skills, she has an exceptional track record of successful mediations. Martha conveys a degree of empathy, whilst remaining alert to the needs of all parties to find fair, practical solutions

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.

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.

Tracy Smith


A compassionate and highly experienced mediator, Tracy's expertise is enhanced by her training in Psychology and her background in counselling. Committed to a solution-focused approach, she understands conflict and provides parties in dispute with a supportive platform for successful mediations.