General Information A highly skilled, certified and accredited civil, commercial, international, lawyer and mediator. Experienced professional with a varied and successful record in commercial contracts, project and business management, commercial and residential property acquisition and management, corporate acquisition and management, landlord and tenants, international trade, family, and resolution of disputes across many diverse sectors.
Why choose Felton as your Mediator or Arbitrator . Extensive experience - Felton has over 28 years experience in the civil and commercial sector, he has been practicing mediation since 2000, starting from America where he was predominantly involved in property, family, employment, civil and commercial mediation. .Wide-ranging experience - Felton has held many senior corporate positions including Accountant, Director of Finance, Director of Management Information Systems, Lecturer, Managing Director, Broker/ Mediator, Lawyer/ Mediator and Managing Partner. .A team Player - Felton is known for encouraging and establishing team spirit across multi-national teams, he is able to bridge the gap between technology, finance, law and business. . Focus on resolution - Felton has a proven track record in facilitating progressive communication between disputed participants resulting in settlement of dispute. . Reality Check - Felton is highly skilled on testing the best alternative and worst alternative to negotiated settlement. . Available to work anywhere - Base in South East of England, Felton travels nationally and internationally for mediator work.
Qualification & Training . Accredited Mediator, UK
Certified Mediator, USA
Master of Laws with distinction, International law, LLM
Bar Professional Training Course
Graduate Diploma In Law, GDL
Management Information System, Professional Certificate
Bachelor of Business Administration
Communications & Media Studies, Professional Certificate
Diploma in Theology
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Economics
Diploma in Management
Civil Mediation Council
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Thurrock Business Association
Thurrock Network Group
Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce
Area of Expertise
Civil, Commercial, Contract and Tort
Corporate, Company & Partnership
Construction and Engineering
Divorce & Family
Education & SEN(D)
Employment & Workplace
Finance, Banking and Taxation
Hotel & Hospitality
Inheritance & Probate
Land including boundary, easement & restrictive covenant
Landlord & Tenant
Neighbours & Community
Personal Injury Professional Negligence
Sales & Supply of Goods and Service
Trespass & Conversion
Feedback received - "He was very calm and tried to understand the situation" - "He had the will and determination not to give up" - "Value for money" - "I was very happy with the mediation" - "We really appreciate your hard work in helping us find a resolution to our dispute"
Other Interest - Felton likes listening to classical music, spending time with family, and travelling.
Roger Levitt LLB, QDR, MCIArb
GENERAL INFORMATION An experienced specialist in property and franchise law, Roger has developed his commercial mediation business to tackle cases across diverse areas of commercial law in addition to property, including contract, construction, boundary & neighbours, insurance, franchise, partnership, shareholders, debt, sale of goods, professional negligence He is a thorough, patient and proactive mediator, whose encouragement and focus never wavers from the goal of settlement..
Why choose Roger Levitt as your mediator or Arbitrator Natural conciliator... Calm and confident, Roger believes that even the most intractable disputes can be settled, given the right will from participants and the patience, skill and guidance of the mediator Outstanding performance... Nearly all of Roger’s mediations have resulted in successful resolution He has an 75% settlement rate. Well above the national average Recognised mediation expert... Owner and Manager of his own mediation business, with 29 years experience in commercial law, Roger also delivers CPD seminars to groups of lawyers, surveyors, accountants, and other professionals and has jointly written articles on mediation Able to travel... works anywhere in England Flexible fees... Able to judge each case on its own requirements and price accordingly
Areas of expertise Business and Commerce Contract Partnership, Shareholders Finance Commercial and Residential Property Landlord and Tenant Land & Property Construction Planning Insurance Boundaries and Neighbours Retail and Restaurant Healthcare Franchising Sale and delivery of goods Education & SEN(D) / Independent Advocacy Faith and Religious based disputes
Professional background - 29 years’ legal experience (the first 25 at Partner level in City and West End law firms) - Practising Commercial Property Solicitor as a consultant with Altermans Solicitors - Accredited mediator with Clerksroom and Academy of Experts training under his belt - CIArb Member of Senior Mediators Panel - Academy of Experts (Council Member) - Civil Mediation Council (member of Communications & Government Relations Committees) - Business Dispute Resolution Committee member - Founder Member /Trustee of BIMA (Belief in Mediation and Arbitration - a multi faith mediation group - As an entrepreneurial solicitor, Roger understands what motivates business people; he has considerable experience of commercial deal construction and negotiation. Wide-ranging experience as a non-contentious commercial property lawyer has taught him that the collaborative approach gets deals done. Established in 2008, his commercial mediator business has a reputation for significant success across a diverse range of cases.
Roger says: “While the need for comprehensive legal knowledge and experience is undisputed, successful mediation is ultimately all about understanding how to deal with people. “You need to analyse the facts that could point to a litigation outcome,and also understand and manage the expectations of the participants, in order to find the more cost- effective, commercial and sensible solutions that mediation can bring. “I put considerable effort into preparing for my mediation work, ensuring that not only do I completely understand the ins and outs of each case, but I also contact all parties in advance, in order to set them on the right track to think about possible solutions with a more open mind. I aim to encourage participants to look beyond grievances and start considering options that would enable them to move on to a successful resolution. “My role is to remain impartial, calm and detached, while also being approachable and easygoing, in order to build trust and create the right atmosphere for negotiation. I believe I am a proactive team player, able to build rapport between disengaged parties and get them to focus on what they have in common, rather than their differences. “Mediation is in my nature: I’ve discovered a real passion for helping people find solutions to commercial problems that they can’t resolve on their own. I’m a conciliator and enjoy bringing people together, negotiating with honesty and integrity to help people to listen, conclude and move on.
Recent feedback - “Roger was excellent and we are pleased we chose an experienced property lawyer as this certainly gave me and my clients the confidence of knowing that he was on top of his briefing papers and the law.” - "He adopted a commercial approach rather than being bogged down in peripheral issues" - "Good overall manner : good communication skills" - “When difficulties arose towards the end of the scheduled session, Roger calmly and patiently continued to go to and fro between the parties’ houses for a further three hours, without putting anyone under any time pressure, until a settlement was reached and the loose ends tied up. The confidence he conveyed that a resolution was possible went a long way towards achieving this outcome.” - “Roger is both very professional and personable. He really gets to the core of the situation, is very thorough and ultimately strives for a beneficial solution by using his expertise. I would highly recommend Roger for anyone in need of his services”. - “An extremely practical approach. A willingness to understand the issues and think ‘outside of the box’ to try and find a solution.” - “Overall we felt that the mediator and assistant were excellent.” - “Many thanks for allowing me to observe the mediation on Wednesday. Of the three I have observed to date, it was by far the most fascinating. I think you did very well to create momentum from what appeared to be an entrenched and irretrievable position!” - "The Client was very emotional and I feel the mediator handled a delicate situation very professionally". - "very good indeed at getting to the key issues to get a settlement" - "Availability / flexibility" - "Easy going, impartial, positive"
Outside the office A married man, Roger has three children aged (22, 20 and 20 (yes, twins) who test his mediation skills to the limit. When not negotiating family disputes, he enjoys playing and watching football, cycling, golf, running (after children), driving (children around), walking (away from arguments with his children), theatre (especially non-domestic drama) and good food (some now even cooked by his children). A keen traveller, Roger speaks conversational French and Spanish.
Legal memberships and positions - Civil Mediation Council (Communications & Government Relations Committees) - Academy of Experts (on their Council) - CIArb Member - including on their panel of senior mediators - Member of Talk Mediation - Member of the Standing Committee of Mediation Advocates - Member of The Law Society - Property Litigation Association member - Affiliate of The British Franchise Association - Business Dispute Resolution Committee Member - Founder/ Trustee of BIMA (Belief in Mediation and Arbitration) a multi faith mediation group - Contact Roger to discuss your dispute.
Renate Herrmann General Information Renate Herrmann practices as an arbitrator and mediator in solving commercial trading, shipping and trade finance disputes. Renate has more than 25 years experience working in international banking and international trade including commodity trading. Renate has significant experience of commodity trading including cocoa, coffee, grains, base metals and energy products and has particular expertise in resolving commercial trading, shipping, transportation, storage and trade finance disputes. Renate is a coffee grader at the London NYSE-LIFFE-exchange.Renate has worked in markets from as far afield as China, Russia, Africa and Europe to the USA, Brazil and Argentina.Renate is registered as arbitrator with the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) and the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA). She is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), is a CEDR Accredited Mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London), member of the ReSolve UK - Arbitration and Mediation Panel and holds an LLM in International Maritime and Transport Law. Professional Background Renate worked at Landesbank Berlin, Westdeutsche Landesbank Düsseldorf, ABN Amro Futures Ltd. London, Fortis Bank London and Standard Chartered Bank London. She has been involved in the development and management of trade finance, structured loans, letters of credit and guarantees as well as structured commodity finance, commodity trading, futures trading, risk management and claims settlement.
Renate has set up internal accounting control and monitoring systems, developed and negotiated a Cargo Insurance Policy for a USD 6 billion commodity portfolio and managed risk throughout the international transport supply and delivery chain.
Renate has arranged the trade finance of steel shipments for the construction industry in Shanghai, restructured working capital for aluminium and steel mills in Russia and arranged pre-export finance for oil producers in Russia and grain exporters in Argentina and Brazil.
Renate has worked in a number of financial and commodity markets. During the past 11 years Renate has concentrated on the trade and supply of base metals, grains, frozen orange juice (FCOJ), coffee, cocoa and cotton.
She has an in depth knowledge of the risks and liabilities associated with the shipping and transport chain.
Renate is currently involved in the development of a software platform for the coffee and cocoa industry to facilitate the more effective monitoring and administration of product storage and shipment thereby controlling risks and linking the interests of traders, banks and insurers.
Renate’s experience of international trade, banking, insurance and dispute resolution is particularly suited to disputes arising under commercial contracts, dry cargo shipping disputes under charter parties and bills of lading as well as cargo insurance policies. It is also suited to financial and banking disputes, including disputes in relation to finance agreements, letters of credit, structured loan agreements and guarantees.
Professional Experience • Commercial Contracts • Cargo & Hull Insurance • Carriage of Goods •Charterparties • Commodity Trading •International Banking •International Contracts •Insurance • Marine & Maritime •Professional Negligence •Shipping • Trade Finance Style Renate adopts a structured approach. Together with the parties she examines and reviews the parties’ positions and any impasses between the parties. She facilitates a process to develop workable future focused solutions, aiming to preserve and strengthen the commercial relationships between the parties.
Dispute Resolution A selection of claims, successfully resolved by Renate, are set out below: - Carrier’s liability claim for damaged cargo under a dry charter party between the cargo owner, its bankand insurer and the P&I club for the ship owner involving two successive P&I clubs. - Liability claim in relation to cargo misplaced by a warehouse keeper in liquidation, resulting in asettlement for the cargo owner facilitated by both the warehouse’s liability insurer and cargo insurer. - Claim between cargo owner and ship owner regarding the delivery of cargo abandoned by the charterer during the voyage. - Resolution and clarification of responsibilities between a bank and their agents under undisclosedagency agreement - Liabilities arising between participants under syndicated loan agreements
Languages Renate conducts arbitrations and mediations in both English and German.
Mia Forbes Pirie LL.M, MSc
General information Mia is a skilled accredited mediator and facilitator. Building on her unique experience in law, negotiation, science and regulation, she approaches mediation as a process in which every party should win.Mia follows the philosophy that a jointly developed compromise generally yields the best results for all.She has a reputation for achieving practical and creative solutions whilst helping to improve difficult relationships. Prior to training as a mediator, Mia practised law for over seven years in the London office of a leading global law firm.As an EU, regulatory and international trade lawyer, she advised FTSE 100 corporations on some of the largest transactions in Europe.She further worked advising the UK and US Governments for several years on the development and implementation of product environmental performance regulation and has advised industry and international organisations on the implementation of energy efficiency regulation. Mia is trilingual (fluent in English, French and Italian).As a junior lawyer, she took a sabbatical at the European Commission in the Directorate External Relations’ (the Commission’s “Diplomatic Corps”) South East Asia unit and was appointed temporary desk officer for Brunei Darussalam. Her professional as well her personal background makes her an ideal person to lead a mediation (or facilitation) through its various stages of fact finding, building trust, and supporting the parties in developing mutually beneficial solutions to complex situations. Outside of her professional career, Mia has worked as a life coach and yoga teacher and has lectured on negotiation.
Why choose Mia as your mediator or facilitator
Wide-ranging experience: Mia has worked as a lawyer in the City of London advising FTSE 100 companies on some of the largest transactions in Europe.She has also consulted and advised various governments throughout the world including the US and the UK. She has advised NGOs and manufacturer associations on the development of legislation and regulation in the Energy and Environmental Sector, as well as on strategy and negotiation techniques.She has worked in science, law and policy at the highest level, including having worked for a US National Laboratory advising the US Department of Energy.
Scientific and legal background – comfortable with complexity:Having Masters degrees in both Law and Science, Mia has both a legal and scientific background and has worked at the highest level in both fields.
Good at helping people maintain relationships: Mia has been described as a “natural mediator” She understands the “people issues” as well as the factual issues and knows how important it is to tackle those fully if relationships are going to be repaired.
Comfortable with multiple parties in the room: Mia has conducted shuttle mediations with just two parties and also multi-party facilitations with all parties in one room throughout. She is totally at ease with a wide range of situations and is able to select the best method to support the best outcome for the mediation and all the parties.
Available to work anywhere: Mia is trilingual, has lived/ worked in a number of countries, including, the UK, the USA, India, France, Belgium and Italy and is happy to travel internationally.
Qualifications and training
Accredited Mediator (UK)
Transformative Mediator (UK)
Masters of Science (Imperial College London)
Masters of Law (College of Europe, Bruges)
Undergraduate degree in Law with French Law (University College, London)
Languages Mia is fluent in English, French and Italian. She also speaks basic German.
Feedback “Mia has a calming influence and an instinctive inner wisdom” “A natural mediator” “Mia’s greatest gift is her presence” “She is fair, neutral, supportive and unrelenting”
“Mia facilitated our network leadership through a series of strategically important and difficult issues and helped us build consensus around a new organisational model and transition plan. She introduced a critical perspective in a way which gave room for honest but useful debate between directors and helped us to address, rather than avoid, difficult decisions. She is an astute listener, and an articulate rapporteur.” Executive Director, Global NGO
“Mia Forbes Pirie moderated our two day workshop in Brussels in August 2013.We were dealing with a large transition within our global organization with offices in Paris, Brussels, Washington and China. The transition included funding cuts and potential job losses, as well as changes in working practices and relationships, a serious and difficult transition.
Mia managed to run these two days in a very efficient and pleasant way, bringing out the issues that needed to be brought out and ensuring that everyone was fully heard. She brought much-needed clarity and flexibility to the process and made it work. I was impressed by her and would, without any doubt, recommend her as moderator for other complex processes.” Technical Director, International Organisation
7 years in a leading law firm in the City of London
7 years advising governments, stakeholders, NGOs and trade associations on the development of regulation, legislation and negotiation
Areas of expertise
Anti-trust / Competition
Education & SEN(D)
Style Mia takes a calm, friendly and focused approach. She has been described as being fair, neutral, impartial, creative, supportive, and unrelenting (in a good way she hopes!). As well as being said to be “a natural mediator” and having “an instinctive inner wisdom”, Mia is comfortable with conflict and the inevitable cycles and emotions which accompany it.She is non-judgmental and excels at supporting clients through difficult interactions and taking them into and through the complex areas which need to be resolved in order to achieve the best possible results for all. Mia has a reputation for achieving practical and creative solutions whilst improving relationships.
Sheila Thorne MSc, BSc
General Information A member of the Civil Mediation Council and the Professional Mediators Association, Sheila brings to her role as mediator, a broad range of communication and people skills.An accomplished mediator and executive coach, she specialises in resolving conflict and disputes whereongoing business or working relationships and restoring reputation or performance may be important outcomes for the mediation in addition to any financial settlement, (for example;long term suppliers, workplace disputes, boards of directors, partnership disputes and family business disputes).
Professional Background Sheila is a trained mediator in civil and commercial mediation, workplace mediation and community mediation. She has worked within the NHS for over 20 years as both service provider, service commissioner with budgetary responsibility for long term care placements and change manager as Associate Director of Service Improvement.She also worked in the charitable sector for three years and a further five years supporting small business in dispute resolution, service improvement and staff performance.She has experience of investigating complaints and facilitating both large and small groups through planning decisions and service transformation. A postgraduate of the LSE and University of Toronto and a fully qualified executive coach and conflict coach, Sheila is committed to working with businesses so that they consider using mediation first to try and resolve contractual disputes at earlier stage, e.g customer complaints and employment or workplace disputes. Sheila specialises in providing mediation to small and medium sized enterprises and to the public sector (education and health) and will also mediate for neighbourhood, professional negligence, wills and probate and landlord and tenant disputes.
Mediation Style Sheila has a facilitative mediation style. Firm, but fair, Sheila fully informs her clients so they come prepared and voluntarily to a confidential mediation process. She assures them a non-judgemental and impartial mediator who will secure a negotiated, sustainable agreement, with the parties deciding on the terms of the resolution.
Sheila will mediate disputes relating to :
Work place and employment
Education & SEN(D)
Wills and probate
Landlord and tenant
Business to Business
Barry Smith MA (Cantab), M.Phil (Cantab), LSM General Information Barry is a common law barrister specialising in effective and amicable civil dispute resolution. As a mediator trained by the London School of Mediation he brings his wealth of experience in contract, commercial and employment disputes to help clients resolve their disputes efficiently. As a barrister he has experience of representing white collar professionals including solicitors and police officers in criminal and related disciplinary and employment proceedings. He has been appointed an independent clerk to the Council of the Inns of Court (barrister's disciplinary tribunals) and he is able to use this specialised background to assist employers and professionals in employment and disciplinary-related disputes. Barry is a former appointtee of the Minister of Justice to the Independent Monitoring Boards of HMP Highpoint and HMP Belmarsh where he rapidly became experienced in bringing an independent mind and impartial approach to fulfil the Boards' statutory regulatory role. His experience includes having been previously appointed to the Lewisham Youth Offending Team to mediate between victims of crime and young people for referral orders and restorative justice. Prior to being called to the Bar Barry developed policy for the Home Office (Crime and Security Act 2010) and was previously the Private Secretary to the Identity Commissioner.
When not mediating Barry practices at award-winng barrister-solicitor partnership Artesian Law in the following areas: - contract - employment - education & SEN(D) / Independent Advocacy - personal injury (including clinical negligence)property (commercial and residential) - fraud - regulatory - intellectual property
Vincent Adon LLB, LLM
GENERAL INFORMATION Vincent is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. Vincent’s background extends to legal study and practice where he won a University of Hertfordshire academic prize and has advised several companies on IP, commercial and employment issues. He holds a deep interest in improving communities. He has worked with members of various communities and local councils in providing free legal advice and mediation and currently sits as a panel member of the Enfield Youth Offending Service. As a mediator, Vincent draws from his extensive business, legal and community experience and deploys various techniques in unpicking the underlying issues in a dispute or conflict, to facilitate a sustainable resolution. He brings to mediation, strong interpersonal skills and a great sense of camaraderie, which helps parties to relax and open up to the process, thereby enhancing their chance of reaching a mutual settlement.Vincent’s interests outside his professional work include basketball, football, hiking and flying.
Accredited Mediator, ADR Group
Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School
LL.M, (Commercial Law, UK and International Dispute Resolution), BPP Law School
LL.B Law, University of Hertfordshire
Co-author, Nowhere to hide – at least for now, news article on the Football DataCo v Sportradar judgment, 2013
Several articles on mediation including, Mediation is the future, what about lawyers, revised ed., 2013
Civil Mediation Council
West London Law Society
Hertfordshire Law Society
Board of Trustees, The Dojo UK
Greg Walsh LLB (Hons) General Information Greg is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience working inside some of the UK's largest businesses. He is hugely experienced in working on complex and challenging commercial matters developing solutions for extremely difficult disputes. Greg has developed a reputation for being able to approach problems with fresh insight and look for solutions that have not previously been considered.
Greg's ability to communicate clearly and understand the underlying needs of clients is key to the success of his mediation practice. He has a track record of focusing on the solutions which are needed to issues.
Greg has worked as a senior in-house counsel and was General Counsel in Bupa before developing his private practice. Greg works across many areas and sectors specialising in -
Commercial dispute resolution;
Healthcare / Independent Advocacy;
Partnership and shareholder disputes;
Andrew Lenon Q.C.
General Information Andrew specialises in mediations of commercial cases.
Andrew is happy to conduct mediations either on a facilitative basis, ignoring the strengths and weaknesses of the parties' cases, or on an evaluative basis, expressing a view as to the merits, in either case with the aim of achieving a satisfactory settlement of the parties' dispute.
When not working as a mediator, Andrew practices as a barrister at One Essex Court and as a part time judge in the Competition Appeals Tribunal and the County Court.