Mediation Essentials #2

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Mediation Essentials #1

Tony_WillisHere at Brick Court one of our goals is to improve the way both you advocate and we mediate.

So with that in mind, we offer the first of a number of occasional posts on the essentials of mediation aimed at sophisticated users.

This first one from Tony Willis, recent winner of Who’s Who Commercial Mediator of the Year;

As soon as you engage your mediator and BEFORE any documents are generated get hold of them (if they don’t get to you first) and discuss prep, who will attend, pre-meetings, position papers and bundles.

A View From On High

Supreme_court_crest_(official)_svg12 May 2015: Lord Neuberger’s keynote at the Civil Mediation Conference 2015

“When I was in practice as a barrister, mediation was virtually unheard of in the world of United Kingdom civil litigation. When it came to legal disputes, there was litigation, there was arbitration and there was settlement. Of course there was mediation outside ordinary legal disputes – ACAS being a prime example. And some of us were aware that it was going on in other countries, but the general view was that it was fine for the Americans and Australians, but it was not for us: we didn’t need it…” [read more]

Tony Willis Goes to Washington!


It was an evening of celebration at the W Hotel, Washington DC last night, when Brick Court’s Tony Willis won the Who’s Who Commercial Mediator of the Year Award at the 2nd Annual Who’s Who Legal Awards Ceremony.

The award effectively recognises Tony as the world’s leading commercial mediator and what better reason to celebrate into the night with winners in 34 other practice areas, ranging from asset recovery to franchise and environmental. Law firms recognised included Clifford Chance (for Banking and Capital Markets), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2015 Law Firm of the Year).

Over the course of the last year Who’s Who compiled the nominations of tens of thousands of clients and private practitioners from over 140 countries to decide on the most highly regarded experts, each receiving more votes than any other lawyer in their field.

Well done Tony!

Click here to view images from the night

who-32273-gallery1-28042015100457It was an evening of celebration in Washington, DC last night as leading lawyers and firms from across the globe joined together at the W Hotel to celebrate each others’ triumphs at the second annual Who’s Who Legal awards ceremony

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2015

Last week Who’s Who Legal presented its first UK Bar publication, providing an overview of the leading barristers and sets across 24 distinct practice areas.

Included was Brick Court Chambers described as “a mainstay of excellence for commercial, competition and public law, and it is recognised in the most practice areas”.

And we were delighted to see BCC Mediators recognised.

At Brick Court Chambers, William Wood QC is a “leading figure” in the field. His “reputation precedes him” and he is active in cases in Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris and New York, as well as in the UK. Stephen Ruttle QC “expertly steers parties towards a settlement”. He has mediated over 800 disputes and is “in high demand”…

John Sturrock QC is the founder and chief executive of Core Solutions Group. He is a “highly commercial mediator” with experience in a broad range of matters. He is “able to get to the root of a matter” and is praised for his “perseverance”…

Brick Court Chambers’ Tony Willis is a “formidable lawyer” who “commands respect” due to his experience as a mediator.