2015 Mediator Rankings: Four BC Mediators in Global Top 10


4 September – Who’s Who Legal Mediation 2015 ranking lists 294 mediation practitioners from across 45 jurisdictions.

Who’s Who recognise the world’s leading commercial mediators encompassing sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers and from those, select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.

Incredibly, and for the third year running, Brick Court has four mediators all in the global top 10 ranking and five BC mediators are mentioned in dispatches;

wwl_logo_2014Several members of the UK Bar are recommended for their expertise in mediation, and Brick Court Chambers is home to some of the world’s most respected individuals.

Tony Willis emerges as the most highly regarded individual in our international research, and is described by peers as “unparalleled when it comes to complex regulatory and business disputes”. With over 25 years’ experience in international litigation, he is “incredibly well placed to manage the most high-profile and valuable disputes”; he is also recognised as a “true innovator” in the design of dispute resolution processes.

He is joined by the “distinguished” William Wood QC, who inspires “calmness and precision in even the most contentious and tense disputes”.

Stephen Ruttle QC comes highly recommended for his “superb handling” of disputes across a broad range of industries.

Geoff Sharp, a door tenant at Brick Court with his own practice in New Zealand, is once again included among our top 10 mediators and is regularly “in high demand for his practice covering the Asia-Pacific region”.

At Core Solutions Group in Edinburgh, John Sturrock QC has an “immaculate reputation” in the field and is also registered as a door tenant at Brick Court.

If you’d like to get in touch in relation to a mediation, please contact Kate Trott at Brick Court Chambers kate.trott@brickcourt.co.uk

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]

BIT’s and BAT’s

Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour after bombing by French secret service agents.Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, was in New Zealand this week as part of his appointment as the Inaugural Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Victoria University Law Faculty’s New Zealand Centre for International Economic Law.

His visit marked the 30 year anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior case that shook a nation (those of us old enough to remember will recall the case of two French secret agents who blew up a Greenpeace ship in Auckland harbour). Mr Born acted as counsel for Greenpeace.

In addition, I was lucky enough to catch Gary speaking on his most recent initiative around a Bilateral Arbitration Treaty Regime, that aims to provide a default arbitration mechanism for the resolution of defined international commercial disputes.

The mechanism (fondly known as a BAT) would utilize the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, providing a means of resolving commercial disputes when nationals from contracting states had not agreed upon an alternative means of dispute resolution. Awards would be subject to recognition in the contracting states under the New York Convention and, subject to additional arrangements, in all New York Convention contracting states.

And the connection with mediation?

Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) relies heavily on arbitration and traditionally mediation has not figured. But, there is a feeling that this is changing since the International Bar Association published its Rules for Investor State Mediation in late 2012 – much has been written in the past year or so on whether investor state-mediation really is one of the last great unexplored tracts of the mediation landscape.

Gary’s initiative takes this one step further and all power to him – the challenge for those of us in the international mediation community is to find how the mediation process can be included in these regimes to add value to both BITs and BATs.

More to come on this topic … and special thanks to Dr Petra Butler who was instrumental in Gary’s visit to NZ.

Further information;

A draft Model BAT can be seen here. A commentary on the Model BAT’s provisions can be got from here. Further details about the Model BAT and its rationale can be found in an article here

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.