The Devon & Somerset Law Society is accredited by the Civil Mediation Council to offer mediation services and to provide mediation training. Our Mediators are required to attain high qualification standards and are under the continuous supervision of the Society to maintain these.
Our experience is that many disputes are capable of a mediated solution whether Court proceedings have been commenced not. We can provide experienced and trained lawyer mediators for non-Court based mediations.
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 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 for each additional hour.
Click on the mediator profiles below to view our mediator's CVs:
- Jeremy Ferguson
- Lawrence Harrison
- Elizabeth Kendall
- John Loram
- Kim McDonald
- Angus McNicol
- Charles Pugsley
- Kathy Trist
- Ian Walker
Mediator Profile - Jeremy Ferguson
Areas of Law
Family and General civil law.
Exeter County Court Small Claims Court Mediation Scheme.( Present numbers of small claims cases mediated about 70, settlement rate 75%.) Mediator for the Exeter County Court Main court Scheme,( present settlement rate 75%). Member Civil Mediation Council
Mediation Trainer and Board Member for the Polish Mediators Association (2005), Chairman of Devon & Exeter Law Society's Mediation Committee and Member of International Committee
Trainer of civil mediators for Zimbabwe Law Society (2007) Kenya, Uganda Tanzania Law Societies (2008) and Russian Federation
Shortlisted for the Solicitor of the Year Awards 2007
Trained Mediators in Tanzania and Uganda 2008.
Trained Mediators for Hong Kong Law Society 2009.
Trained Mediators for Nigerian Mediators Association 2010.
Trained Mediators for Mombasa Law Society 2011.
Legal Qualifications & Experience
Solicitor, qualified in November 1958— experience in general practice. Partner in firms since 1960. Consultant since 2006.
President Devon & Somerset Law Society 2002/3
Vice president Legal Aid Commission Federation of European Bars.
Legal contributor to Jeremy Vine Show Radio 2 for 6 programmes 2003/4.
Contributor to LegalTV. Adviser to Divorce Aid.
Previous Chairman of Devon & Somerset Law Society's Mediation Sub-Committee and Member of International Relations Sub-Committee.
Interesting cases: Representing Norman Scott, defending Corky the Cockerel.
Married. Enjoys flying, motor-racing and broadcasting. Finalist in Solicitor of the Year award 2007.
Mediator Profile - Lawrence Harrison
Area of Law
Civil and Commercial Mediation
An experienced commercial mediator with a settlement rate of above 90%*. Lawrence combines a highly commercial approach with a commonsense attitude. He is extremely effective at keeping all parties focused on finding workable solutions.
He mediates all kinds of civil and commercial disputes with particular experience in the following areas:
- Wills and Inheritance disputes
- Trusts and Estate disputes
- Cohabitee disputes and Trusts of Land (TOLATA) cases
- Copyright and IP Disputes
- Professional Negligence claims
- Commercial Contracts
- Neighbour and boundary/right of way disputes
- Business (Shareholder/Director) and Partnership disputes
*All mediations undertaken 2010-2017.
Lawrence read Law at UCL and Queens’ College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. Lawrence has spent over 20 years in private practice as a highly rated commercial lawyer. He was a partner at the Simkins Partnership then founded the specialist entertainment and media firm Harrison Curtis.
He trained as a civil and commercial mediator with ADR Group and joined South West Mediation to develop their Civil and Commercial Mediation Practice in 2011.
“Calm and measured and quickly wins your trust” (Party – Tolata Dispute)
“Can be gently persuasive or if needs be quite challenging, but never to the extent that there is any loss of confidence in his abilities or in his commitment to achieve what both parties want out of the process, namely a settlement.”(Solicitor – Contentious Probate)
“ A good listener who quickly grasped the dynamics of the relationships in question “ (Party-Boundary dispute)
“ Both I and [Party] were very pleased by the analytical and steady approach provided by Lawrence which led to successful negotiations and robust heads of agreement which was further implemented into a Consent Order.” (Other Party – Same Boundary Dispute)
“He was very sensitive to the needs of my elderly client” (Solicitor – Farming & Will Dispute)
“He recognised the emotional aspect of the proceedings but did not allow that to derail the process. Mr Harrison helped make a difficult day less traumatic.” (Party – Contentious Probate)
“I chose this mediator because Lawrence assisted a past client who was in a similar dispute and handled it extremely well which led to a very successful outcome.” (Solicitor – Rights of Way Dispute)
“Both I and my client would highly recommend Lawrence in the future.” (Solicitor – Will Dispute)
“ Mr Harrison was very personable and astute in grasping my father’s personality and what the situation meant to him at the outset.” (Party – Boundary Dispute)
“ We liked Lawrence's awareness of the issues involved, and his sensitive approach both psychologically and factually.” (Parties – Will Dispute)
Legal Qualifications & Experience
Trained as a mediator by ADR Group.
CMC Registered and Accredited Mediator.
Married with two grown up children, Lawrence divides his time between North Cornwall and Bath. His interests include theatre, trail running, tennis, Arsenal and walking his golden retriever.
Mediator Profile - Elizabeth Kendall
Areas of Law
Liz has been an Accredited Mediator with DASLS for over fifteen years and her wealth of experience includes conducting a considerable number of Mediations under the original Exeter County Court Small Claims Mediation Pilot Scheme as well as other Tracks and has recently been involved in the second Pilot Scheme being carried out for the local judiciary. Liz has recently been accepted onto the AFM Register of Mediators, which Register has been created by APIL FOIL and MASS collaboratively as a place to find and appoint a Mediator for injury cases specifically.
A qualified lawyer, Liz firmly advocates the benefits to all parties concerned of Mediation being considered wherever possible as an alternative to pursuing a case to a final hearing. She uses her mediation skills in her current role to cut down on frictional cost issues which can delay settlement generally. Whilst Liz’s specialises in civil litigation matters, she also undertakes Community Mediation where neighbour disputes are often the topic of debate, requiring a solution that is not necessarily monetary based.
Legal Qualifications & Experience
Having worked in a legal environment since 1981, Liz began studying for the Legal Executive qualification once her children were of middle school age.
Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (2004)
Vice Chair of DASLS Mediation Panel (current)
As of July 2018, Liz has been included on the AFM (APIL, FOIL, MASS) Register of Mediators for Personal Injury cases.
Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer, Veitch Penny Solicitors, Exeter 1998 – January 2007.
Business Relationship Manager, Legal Team, and latterly Head of Medico Legal Services at TICCS, January 2007 – 2018, where she frequently utilised her mediation skills between Claimant Solicitors and Defendant Insurers over rehabilitation issues.
Business Development Manager, UKS Medical Diagnostics, 2018 to date.
With two grown up sons having flown the nest, Liz enjoys spending her spare time travelling abroad; listening to music; reading; running and is currently trying to master the art of playing the saxophone quietly…
Mediator Profile - John Loram
Areas of Law
Civil & Family Mediation
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 the clients get to a satisfactory settlement.
John qualified as a solicitor at Farrer & Co in London 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 eleven offices throughout the south west. As a fulltime mediator for nearly 20 years, John has mediated in excess of a thousand disputes with values up to £50 million 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.
- 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.
“Another great outcome and excellent service” (Solicitor)
“John’s style was excellent. He filled us with confidence” (Solicitor)
“Professional, discreet, pragmatic” (Client)
“Was impressed throughout…a positive experience. Good rapport with client” (Solicitor)
“As far as the mediation itself was concerned, I have to say that I thought it was conducted extremely well, not least because you seemed to be able to get across to my clients how the other side were viewing things in a way that they had perhaps not previously understood. With that knowledge on both sides a settlement became much more achievable” (Solicitor)
“Please thank John Loram once again for me. His assistance kept the whole process calm and fair and he enabled us to tackle a very difficult situation through his support during the process” (Client)
“I do not think (the service) can be improved. I was impressed by the skill and clarity of thought of the mediator” (Client)
“The level of service that I had was great. John has done more for me…than anyone else. I am very grateful” (Client)
John has in the past run workshops for the Legal Practice Course at the University of Exeter. John was a member of the government’s recent Mediation Task Force.
Through the Devon & Somerset Law Society, John is accredited by the Civil Mediation Council and has accredited Senior Mediator status with the Family Mediators Association.
Mediator Profile - Kim McDonald
Kim completed her training with the London School of Mediation.
A qualified Solicitor with over 6 years experience in Civil Litigation and Employment Law at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP, Exeter.
Working as a civil litigation Solicitor Kim has seen firsthand the stress and expense a person experiences by claiming or defending a case at court. Kim says “I actively encourage mediation as an alternative to litigation; I am a strong advocate of mediation and believe the best way to resolve a dispute is for those involved to identify the main issues and reach their own resolution in the matter”.
Skills & Experience
Kim deals with all aspects of litigation and has experience dealing with a wide variety of disputes including the following:
- 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 - Probate claims including inheritance claims
Due to her legal background Kim is commercially and financially aware particularly in relation to costs. Kim will complete thorough preparation before any mediation and has a friendly yet direct approach.
Based in the South West of England, Kim has no restrictions as to the geographical location she is willing to mediate.
Mediator Profile - Angus McNicol
Former Areas of Law
Including all types of Contractual Litigation, Professional Negligence and Probate Litigation/Inheritance Act Claims.
A member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”).
Angus first trained as a mediator with ADR Group in 1990 since when he has acted for parties in mediations on 60 to 70 occasions. Angus was on the Committee that brought in the Exeter County Court Fast/Multi Tracks mediation scheme and regularly acts as a mediator in relation to Fast and Multi Track claims. These mediations have covered a wide variety of commercial claims as well as property and inheritance claims and Personal Injury
Legal Qualifications & Experience
History degree – Queen Mary College, London.
Admitted as a Solicitor on 5 June 1981
Accredited Mediator through ADR Group and Clerksroom, and a Panel Member of ACTAPS.
Former Chairman of Devon and Somerset Law Society’s Mediation Sub Committee.
Member of the Civil Mediation Council and Association of South West Mediators.
Underwent observations of 2 full day Mediations with Andrew Fraley in Birmingham and London respectively in December 2013.
Trained with Anstey & Thompson.
Later moved to Sargent & Probert.
Joined Foot Anstey in November 1984.
Partner at Foot Anstey - 1987 to 2013.
2013- Independent Mediator and Corporate Engagement Facilitator.
Married with three children. Interests include running, sailing, bridge and cycling.
Mediator Profile - Charles Pugsley
Area of Law
Conveyancing, probate, trusts, charity and general private client
Charles has been a solicitor for many years beginning as a general practitioner including family law and general litigation in the county courts and magistrates courts; more recently specialising in conveyancing and probate work.
Charles has a keen interest in mediation as a means of conflict resolution. He trained in Bristol in 2002 and has since mediated in the small claims courts in Exeter and Barnstaple and in general civil disputes and has also conducted many community mediations.
Charles is based in the South West in Tiverton Devon.
Professional Background and Experience
Solicitor 1974 to date
Partner in Hole and Pugsley from 1976 to March 2017 and consultant to date
Accredited mediator ADR Group Bristol 2002
Member of Association of South West Mediators
Member of Law Society Private Client Section
Member of Law Society Property Section
Member of society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Member of Devon and Somerset Law Society Mediation committee
Member of Devon Mediation
Member of Law Society CQS
Mediator Profile - Kathy Trist
Area of Law
Associate Solicitor at Everys Solicitors working in the litigation department.
Kathy’s specialises in general civil litigation and therefore she is happy to act as mediator in a wide range of disputes, including :- contract disputes; neighbour disputes; money claims; boundary disputes; landlord and tenant disputes; negligence claims; commercial business disputes.
Kathy has a firm but fair attitude. Kathy considers that mediation can only be of benefit to parties and strives to assist the parties in finding a resolution to their problem.
Kathy qualified as a mediator in June 2011 with the London School of Mediation and is a member of the Civil Mediation Council. She is a firm advocate of Mediation and prior to qualifying as a mediator actively encouraged her clients to attend Mediation and considers the qualification as Mediator has only served to increase her appreciation of Mediation as an alternative to litigation. Kathy has acted on many occasions over the years as legal advisor at mediation and also having since qualification acted as Mediator with a hope of assisting parties to find a resolution to their dispute.
Legal Qualifications & Experience
Member of the Civil Mediation Council.
Member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Member of the Property Litigator's Association
Chair, DASLS Mediation Sub-Committee
Kathy has been involved on a professional level with general civil litigation since 1996. During this period she has had experience of most areas that private individuals and businesses experience which would come within her domain. Prior to entering the law Kathy worked in the insurance and accountancy sectors for both small local businesses and global entities. This varied commercial background has given Kathy a valuable insight at to what is likely to be important to both the small and large business.
Married with a large family, of children, step-children and yes even grandchildren enjoys spending time with family doing anything that the youngest considers fun at the weekend.
Mediator Profile - Ian Walker
Area of Law
Civil and Family Mediation.
Solicitor specialising in Family Law and founder of his own Solicitors Practice.
Ian has been a mediator since 1996. He originally trained as a mediator with the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) and was amongst the first 20 mediators nationally to gain their accreditation standard. He later trained as a civil/commercial mediator. The models of mediation used in family mediation and civil/commercial mediation are slightly different and being dually qualified allows Ian a flexibility of approach.
Ian is accredited as a mediator by the Law Society and the Family Mediation Council (FMC). Ian supervisors the work of other mediators.
As a solicitor, Ian specialises in family law and founded his own niche practice in 2013. The firm practices in Honiton and Taunton.
Ian's mediation expertise is in disputes where there is a relationship between the parties. Ian is passionate about using mediation to enable parties to find a better way to communicate and to work together to resolve problems. Ian endeavours to adopt a forward-looking and problem-solving approach. As a civil mediator Ian's particular speciality is with disputes such as contentious probate and/or trusts of land act or disputes between trustee or business partners.
As a small business founder/owner and entrepreneur Ian is also very alive to the issues arising for small businesses and the needs to resolve disputes sensibly and quickly.
Other relevant qualifications and experience
- Solicitor since 1992
- Arbitrator (child law issues) with IFLA CIArb
- Chair Devon Resolution (3 times elected for three-year terms)
- Former trustee of Family Mediators Association
- Former member of Law Society Family Law Committee (National committee)
- Member Resolution Dispute Resolution Committee (National committee)
- Completed London Marathon in 4hours 04minutes in 2015
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.