The Devon & Somerset Law Society is a recognised trainer in mediation and an accredited member of the Civil Mediation Council.
DASLS experience is that most disputes are capable of a mediated solution including contractual, personal injury, employment, contested probate, property disputes over rights of ways, boundaries and occupation or ownership, insurance disputes, commercial disputes involving company directors and shareholders.
For those looking for an alternative to lengthy and costly proceedings DASLS offer a bespoke Mediation Service either in person, by telephone and via electronic means such as zoom or teams dependant upon your needs and requirements.
DASLS also provides a Court Mediation Service to the Devon Courts which includes Exeter, Barnstaple, Plymouth and Torquay and Newton Abbot County Courts.
COVID-19 - Many Mediations can be conducted by telephone or by using other technology where available.
Our Mediators are ready and able to assist throughout the current crisis.
To speak to one of our mediators call 0784 057 1753
Current rates for mediation services:
£200,000 to £1,000,000
£80,000 to £200,000
£50,000 to £80,000
£15,000 to £50,000
£10,000 to £15,000
Fees per Party
£1250.00 + VAT
£750.00 + VAT
£550.00 + VAT
£450.00 + VAT
£350.00 + VAT
Mediation for Employment Disputes
4 hour duration - fixed fee of £600 + VAT
Mediation for claims exceeding £1,000,000 available by negotiation.
We can also arrange full day mediations if these are preferred. Speak to one of our Mediators on 0784 0571753 to discuss your requirements.
Parties will be responsible for the venue and its costs.
*Travel costs are included within the Devon & Somerset area (excludes Plymouth).
*If additional mediation time is required this can be agreed with the mediator who will invoice the parties directly at a rate of £175 plus VAT (£87.50 plus VAT per party) for each additional hour.
Click on the mediator profiles below to view our mediator's CVs:
- Jeremy Ferguson
- Lawrence Harrison
- Richard Kaye
- Elizabeth Kendall
- John Loram
- Kim McDonald
- Angus McNicol
- Charles Pugsley
- Kathy Trist
Mediator Profile - Jeremy Ferguson
Speciality - Civil and Commercial Mediation
A very experienced civil and commercial mediator. Qualified as a Mediator in 2002 having been in private practice as a Partner in various firms throughout North Devon since 1960. Jeremy approaches each mediation with enthusiasm and utilises his wealth of experience to secure the best possible outcome for the participants.
Jeremy qualified as a solicitor in 1958 running a family and civil case load. Made partner by 1960 and continued in practice until he retired and continued on a consultancy basis since 2006. Has kept his Mediation practice running effectively by being part of the initial Exeter County Court Small Claims Court Mediation Scheme. Jeremey is also a Mediation Trainer having carried out training for the Zimbabwe Law Society, Kenya, Uganda Tanzania Law Societies and Russian Federation, Hong Kong Law Society, Nigerian Mediators Association the Mombasa Law Society.
Jeremy was at the forefront of the DASLS Mediation practice since its inception in 2002 when asked by Exeter County Court as President of the local Law Society to introduce a Mediation Scheme for use at the Court for Small Claims. Jeremy has remained passionate in relation to the benefits of mediation with both the Court scheme and for the benefit of his clients. Since retiring from Private Practice in 2017 Jeremy has continued to provide support as a McKenzie Friend and remains a Court Approved Mediator
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Mediator Profile - Lawrence Harrison
Speciality — Civil and Commercial Mediation
A very experienced civil and commercial mediator with a settlement rate of over 90% (All mediations undertaken 2010-2018). Lawrence combines a highly commercial approach with a commonsense attitude. He is extremely effective at helping parties to find workable solutions. Lawrence is a CMC Registered and accredited mediator.
Lawrence qualified as a solicitor in 1989 having read Law at UCL and Queens’ College, Cambridge. He has 30 years’ experience as a commercial solicitor gained at the Simkins Partnership and Harrison Curtis and continues to practice as a consultant solicitor with Swan Turton LLP. Since training as a civil and commercial mediator with ADR Group in 2009 he has focused his energies on developing a successful mediation practice in the south west.
Lawrence has successfully mediated a very wide range of disputes but has particular experience in helping resolve Inheritance disputes (including 1975 Act, capacity and proprietary estoppel claims), TOLATA cases involving properties and businesses, Copyright and IP Disputes (in particular those involving the music and theatre industries), Neighbour disputes involving boundary/right of way issues and Company (Shareholder/Director) and Partnership disputes.
“Came really highly recommended and deserved that praise.” (Will Dispute) “He is an excellent mediator and comes highly recommended. I particularly like the fact he cuts to the issues and isn't afraid to ask direct question.” (Boundary) “Lawrence was excellent.” (IP Dispute) “Very Impressed. Excellent rapport with client, commercial and focused sessions.” (Tolata) “The mediator was exceptionally good. I have nothing but praise.” (Building Dispute); “He took time to understand the issues in play and controlled the mediation exceptionally well. I will certainly recommend him to others.” (Copyright Dispute) “The client and I liked the mediator’s preparedness, his commercial acumen and his excellent mediation skills. We would recommend him and have no hesitation using him again.” (1975 Act Claim) “A good listener who quickly grasped the dynamics of the relationships in question.” (Boundary Dispute)
Mediator Profile - Richard Kaye
Speciality – Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Data Protection
As a qualified solicitor Richard gained 20 years’ experience in personal injury, disease and general civil litigation. Whilst acting on behalf of local authorities Richard also gained experience in other civil litigation disputes, including property disputes. Richard now specialises in the field of data protection and holds a BCS Practitioner’s Certificate in Freedom of Information. Having successfully resolved disputes at mediation when in practice, Richard became enthusiastic about mediation and completed his training at the London School of Mediation. Richard is able undertake mediations at short notice and at locations across the UK.
Richard trained in Birmingham and qualified in 1996, gaining experience investigating personal injury claims at the Rover and Land Rover car factories. After qualification, at a law firm in Staffordshire, Richard then gained significant experience in the field of asbestos litigation and medical negligence before moving to Exeter in 2002. He then worked for an Exeter law firm on behalf of local authorities and the NHS Litigation Authority before stepping back from the law in 2014 and began working at Devon County Council in data protection as the General Data Protection Regulation was implemented in May 2018.
Richard has long experience of dealing with disputes, including personal injury and other negligence claims. In the arena of data protection, Richard also has experience of addressing disputes as and when they have arisen concerning disclosures and responses to requests for information.
“Richard takes a common sense approach and this really assisted in settling the case and I am confident that he has the knowledge and all the necessary skill set that a mediator requires”
Mediator Profile - Elizabeth Kendall
Speciality — Civil, Personal Injury and Community Mediation
As one of the founder members of the Mediation Panel set up in 2002, Liz’s commitment to the cause is unwavering. In her role as Vice Chair of the Committee (previous past Chair) she readily takes up invitations to talk with Insurers, Solicitors, Law Schools about the benefits of mediation. In addition she is an accredited AFM (APIL, FOIL, MASS) Mediator specialising in personal injury cases, (Associate Member of MASS) and is a Voluntary Community Mediator in her spare time. In terms of coverage, Liz is able to undertake mediations across the UK.
A lawyer by profession (Chartered Legal Executive), Liz obtained Fellowship in 2004. Specialising in personal injury, Liz worked as a Personal Injury Lawyer for many years in an Exeter law firm before deciding that she ultimately wanted to help those on both sides of a claim. She joined The Injury Care Clinics in 2007 until 2018, eventually heading the medico legal services side of the business. She now works for UKS Medical Diagnostics with a view to expanding their services into other markets outside of the claims industry.
Liz’s involvement with DASLS Mediation for the last 17 years has enabled her to mediate a wide range of Civil cases from all tracks which have been selected by the local judiciary as appropriate for Mediation. Liz holds an exceptionally high percentage of success rate in her various Mediator roles. She is a firm advocate of mediation being offered as a matter of course to parties who are currently in dispute not only because of its long term benefits but also for the reduction in time to trial and costs and easing the stress of litigation for all parties concerned.
“Liz’s style was friendly and professional” – Disputed money claim “Once again thank you for your efforts and the excellent way you have dealt with this matter” – Personal Injury “I wish to register my appreciation for the helpful way in which these matters were handled” – Neighbour dispute “My sincere thanks for all your efforts to achieve a satisfactory result” – Party “We appreciate the speedy and efficient way the claim has been resolved” – Personal Injury
Mediator Profile - John Loram
Speciality – Civil and Family Mediation
As a fulltime mediator for over 20 years, John has mediated in excess of a thousand disputes with values up to £50 million. John is willing to mediate in almost any type of dispute as he strongly believes that mediation is a profession in its own right. He advocates the view that what clients need when they reach an impasse in their negotiations is not another “expert” in the area of their particular dispute but rather an “expert mediator” with the necessary skills and experience to help them get to a satisfactory settlement.
John qualified as a solicitor at the prestigious London firm Farrer & Co in 1990 and moved to Devon in 1994. He trained as a family mediator in 1997 and as a civil/commercial mediator in 2003. In order to concentrate fulltime on his mediation career, John set up South West Mediation in 2003 and now has twelve offices throughout the south west. In 2019, the John was personally recognised at the Devon and Somerset Law Society Awards with the Leader of the Year Award and his mediation firm was also recognised in two further categories.
John has in his long career mediated almost every type of dispute covering a wide variety of civil, workplace and family issues including: Contract (commercial and consumer disputes); Cohabitee disputes and Trusts of Land (TOLATA) cases; Negligence claims; Judicial Review applications; Partnership and business matters including share sales and breach of warranty disputes; Court of Protection matters; Will and inheritance disputes; Disputes regarding the care of vulnerable or elderly family members; Landlord and tenant disputes; Workplace disputes; Employment matters; All types of family issues e.g. financial provision and Children Act cases; Neighbour and boundary/rights of way disputes.
“Was impressed throughout...a positive experience. Good rapport with client.” Solicitor “John’s style was excellent. He filled us with confidence.” Solicitor “Professional, discreet, pragmatic.” Client “Sympathetic and caring.” Client “I found your approach refreshingly modern; with the emphasis on resolving the dispute...the parties were able to achieve settlement early in the day, when otherwise they might not have achieved it at all” Solicitor “John’s approach allowed us to temporarily forget the overwhelming dispute which had dominated our lives for the past few years, and instead focus on what was necessary to achieve settlement.” Client “Another great outcome.” Solicitor
Mediator Profile - Kim McDonald
Speciality—Civil and Commercial Mediation
Kim completed her mediation training with the London School of Mediation. As a qualified Solicitor and Partner of a law firm Kim has over 12 years experience dealing with disputes involving Civil Litigation and Employment Law. During this time Kim has gained a wealth of experience as a solicitor and later as a mediator dealing with a wide range of civil and employment cases. Kim actively encourages mediation as an alternative to litigation and believes the best way to resolve a dispute is for those involved to identify the main issues and reach their own resolution in the matter. As a mediator Kim is friendly, approachable, direct and fair.
Kim qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and specialises in civil litigation and employment law. Kim is currently a Partner of Gilbert Stephens Solicitors in Exeter and has experience dealing with a wide variety of disputes including but not limited to employment disputes, Landlord and Tenant disputes, Neighbour disputes including boundary disputes, Land Tribunal matters, contract disputes and debt recovery, consumer disputes, personal injury claims, commercial property and business disputes, professional negligence and probate claims including inheritance claims. Due to her legal background Kim is commercially and financially aware particularly in relation to costs.
Kim has been the lead mediator in numerous mediations and acted as professional advisor in many more. Kim has mediation experience involving boundary disputes, neighbour disputes, breach of contract, business matters, contentious probate matters, employment matters and property disputes.
“Kim put me at ease and made me feel comfortable” “Professional yet sympathetic”
Mediator Profile - Angus McNicol
Speciality- Civil, Commercial and Charity Disputes
Highly experienced civil and commercial mediator with a settlement rate of around 90% over the period since 2000. Angus is described as commercial, pragmatic and user friendly and a “safe pair of hands”. Angus’ experience as a Charity Consultant since 2011 has widened his experience which includes mediating disputes between Trustees and the Executive Team of charities. `Angus is a CMC Registered and Accredited Mediator having originally trained with ADR Group in 1990 and then through Clerksroom in 2006.
Angus obtained a History Degree-at Queen Mary College London before converting to law and being admitted as a Solicitor in 1981. He has over 30 years experience as a Commercial Disputes Solicitor/Partner at Foot Anstey of Exeter, his workload having included Regulatory Law, Personal Injury and Contentious Probate.
Angus’ experience of mediation is very wide, partly as a result of acting for Participants in 60 to 70 mediations during his legal career and also through mediating a wide range of Professional Negligence, Neighbour/Property, Personal Injury, Commercial/Contract and Contentious Probate cases.
“Having worked with Angus for some 10 years on numerous mediations, I can thoroughly recommend him. His approach is always commercial and clients seem to appreciate his no nonsense approach”. Andrew Fraley – Mediator “Angus has a well thought out, logical and rational style. His approachable,friendly and professional help has been invaluable” “For good, well thought through, professional and objective advice, Angus is a great person to know”. “Angus is target driven, with an ability to see the bigger picture. He is trustworthy and uses his professional approach to make a difference in people’s lives”.
Mediator Profile - Charles Pugsley
Speciality: Civil and Commercial Mediation
Charles was accredited a mediator in 2002 after training with ADR Group Bristol. He has mediated many civil and commercial matters locally. He also carries out many community mediations for Devon Mediation.
Charles has been a qualified solicitor since 1974 and has been in practice in Tiverton since that time and as partner in his firm from 1976. At the beginning of his career, he was a general practitioner, conducting civil, family and criminal cases in Tiverton and other local courts. In more recent years he specialised in Conveyancing and Private Client work. He retired as a partner in 2017 but continues part time as a consultant solicitor. He remains convinced of the benefits of mediation to the participants.
Charles joined the DASLS mediation team in 2002 and conducted a wide range of mediations in matters from all tracks. He has also conducted many community mediations.
Mediator Profile - Kathy Trist
Speciality—Civil and Commercial Mediation
Kathy’s background as a General Civil Litigator for nearly 20 years has meant that she has dealt with most types of disputes. Having qualified as a Mediator in 2011 and witnessed first hand the positive benefits of mediation she wanted to ensure she was able to assist her clients with the additional skill set mediation provides. Kathy enjoys the challenge mediating disputes brings and particularly relishes dealing with of breach of contract disputes; neighbour disputes; boundary disputes; landlord and tenant disputes; negligence claims, trust disputes, misrepresentation claims, money claims and large commercial business disputes. Kathy has a firm but fair attitude. Kathy considers that mediation offers a real alternative and allows those in a dispute to explore options fully Member of the Civil Mediation Council and Member of the Property Litigators Association
Kathy qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001 and Solicitor in 2004. Kathy has always been a General Civil Litigator. More recently Kathy has chosen to specialise in Property Litigation as she found clients most frequently required assistance with disputes arising out of their property rights. Kathy is Head of Property Litigation in a local firm. Kathy believes that mediation really does work and uses every opportunity to promote the service. Kathy is the current Chair of Devon and Somerset Law Society Panel of Mediators.
Kathy has had experience in dealing with a wide variety of disputes , between individuals , individuals and companies and company to company disputes. Contract (commercial and consumer); Trusts of Land (constructive and beneficial trust); Boundary Disputes; Landlord & Tenant (commercial and personal); Lands Tribunal claims; Workplace disputes and Employment matters; Professional Negligence claims, Partnership and Company Disputes;
“Could not improve, excellent...” “Focus on achieving the objective” “professionalism, expertise, knowledge, personality, clarity of thought” “settled what could be settled”
The Society is accredited by the Civil Mediation Council which ensures that our mediators maintain the highest standards of mediation practice. Should you have reason to complain, please write to DASLS Mediation Panel at Aston Court, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5AZ or by e.mail to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. Receipt of complaints will be acknowledged within 2 working days. The Panel will investigate the matters complained of and report back to the complainant within a 4 week period of the complaint being acknowledged.