When disputes arise there are various ways to settle them. Litigation is one route; however, parties are encouraged wherever possible to try and resolve these disputes using alternative methods, and failure to respond to a request to settle away from the courts can often result in a financial penalty.
The most popular, and most beneficial, method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is mediation. ADR offers the parties a higher degree of control and involvement in the resolution process and more immediate and commercial access to justice. In contrast to the courts, where the matter is decided on the law by judges, ADR sees experienced business people, commonly lawyers, working with the parties and their advisers to bring about a solution.
At Keystone we have a team of qualified mediators, arbitrators and specialist international arbitrators who have years of experience working with difficult situations and who will guide you through the process to reach a settlement that works for you, both financially and commercially.
Our mediators are accredited by leading organisations including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), ADR Net, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB).
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Andrew is a dual-qualified senior solicitor and chartered surveyor. He is also a qualified arbitrator and an experienced mediator.
Patrick is a general commercial disputes lawyer and an international arbitration specialist, dually qualified in English and French law.
Jacqueline is a general commercial litigator with particular experience in sport (including equestrian sports and football) and entertainment (in particular, the music industry).
Richard is a highly experienced French- and German-speaking family lawyer who advises domestic and international clients on every aspect of family law including complex financial and business cases, private children issues, cohabitant disputes and cases involving offshore trusts and tracing assets
Antony is a highly experienced commercial and product liability specialist, handling primarily disputes that arise from international trade. His practice focuses on acting for insurers and manufacturers in product liability claims.
Mark is an experienced employment solicitor with a career spanning more than 20 years, during which he has gained a wealth of experience working at both international and niche law firms.
Nigel is a skilled commercial litigator with an impressive career spanning three decades. He works across a variety of sectors but focuses his practice on the construction industry, with a client base largely consisting of major plant hire, and scaffolding and crane companies.
Peter has over 30 years of experience helping clients pursue complex commercial disputes. During the past 15 years he has developed a specialist practice resolving disputes within partnerships, LLPs and private limited companies.
Laurence is a skilled property litigator. He has expertise in all areas of property litigation including rights of way and other easements, both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, removal of squatters/trespassers, modification of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and residential possession claims.
Martin is a consultant in the Construction team with particular expertise in the interpretation and drafting of construction and related contracts for clients in both public and private sectors.
Stephen Levinson is a consultant in the Employment team. He acts for senior executives exiting their positions or looking to take up new employment and for employers with similar issues.
Hugh is a barrister who has specialised in aviation regulatory, corporate, commercial and competition law for over thirty years and is recognised as one of the most experienced and highly respected aviation lawyers in the UK.
Martin Pearse is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution team. He advises clients on a wide range of disputes, having experienced most forms of commercial and civil litigation at all levels from County Court claims through to multi-million pound actions in the High Court.
Hilary is a family lawyer with extensive experience of advising a wide range of clients on the issues arising from family breakdown. Her background in corporate and commercial matters, and her understanding of complex financial arrangements, means that she is particularly well-placed to advise entrepreneurial couples and families owning small to medium sized enterprises or land and farmland, as well as those with inherited wealth and the retired with pensions in payment.
Stephen is a consultant in the firm’s litigation team with over 40 years’ experience as a commercial litigator.
Gagan is a commercial disputes lawyer with experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration (both institutional and ad hoc), and mediation. He acts for large multinational conglomerates and corporations, private clients, and SMEs, operating across a broad range of industry sectors. Gagan has also advised a number of the largest global law firms and barristers chambers on the legal issues that they face. The majority of Gagan’s work is international, with a particular focus on India and the Middle East.
Patrick is a highly experienced dispute resolution solicitor. During his career he has advised numerous independent financial advisers and networks, shipowners, insurers and private individuals.
Nicole is an experienced practitioner in the field of international arbitration and all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (including adjudication, expert determination and dispute board processes).
John is a consultant in the firm’s commercial property team with considerable experience in real estate and property law.