Mediator Andrew Eastgate

Mediator & Solicitor

Mediator Andrew Eastgate Solicitor

As a solicitor and partner in Pinsents for more than 20 years, Andrew is highly experienced in negotiating deals. Accredited by CEDR in 2004, Andrew has been practising as a mediator since 2005 and combines this practice with non-executive directorships of a privately owned building products company and a Midlands based listed company.

Andrew mediates a broad range of commercial disputes as well as company, partnership and shareholder issues.

Mediator Andrew Eastgate Mediation experience


  • completion accounts dispute after sale of building products company
  • claim under consultancy agreement entered into on sale of business
  • warranty claim relating to sale of marketing company, with counterclaim for deferred consideration
  • claims under director’s guarantees

Joint ventures/shareholders

  • warranty claim on investment in US telecoms joint venture
  • dispute between UK and German 50/50 shareholders in UK packaging joint venture
  • dispute between former directors and shareholders of company in liquidation relating to ownership of company property

Public Sector

  • waste management contract dispute between City Council and contractor
  • NHS dental contract claim for sums owing/repayable
  • claim for unpaid professional fees against College of Further Education
  • dispute with former employees of local authority funded company relating to setting up new business
  • recovery of salary overpaid by public body


  • claim against agent for exceeding authority
  • various claims for commission and compensation under Commercial Agents Regulations
  • several mediations involving damages claims for termination of Distribution Agreements
  • dispute over construction of long term trade mark licence relating to household goods

Professional /Partnership

  • dissolution of solicitors’ practice following expulsion of one partner
  • solicitors’ negligence claims
  • substantial claim for architects’ fees
  • claim relating to bonus payable to former employee of solicitors’ practice
  • damages for breach of restrictive covenant following sale of accountancy practice


  • warranty claim relating to factory cooling installation
  • dispute under commercial vehicle repair contract
  • claim/counterclaim on supply of materials handling equipment

Sale of goods

  • claim against bailee of goods
  • action for recovery of monies paid under a mistake
  • damages claim relating to bulk supply of carpet fitted by third party in national chain of hotels
  • claim and counterclaim on supply of copying equipment


  • action for possession with counterclaim of undue influence
  • dispute on calculation of deferred consideration from purchase of commercial property
  • substantial boundary disputes between farmers and developers
  • dispute relating to building costs and non-compliance with specification
  • action for payment of builder’s costs for work on house extension
  • claim for adverse possession

Mediator Andrew Eastgate Personal style

Andrew’s style is calm and straightforward. He manages a process which enables the parties to negotiate realistically with a view to achieving a position where they can make a decision. By far the majority of Andrew’s mediations result in settlement and Andrew manages the mediation with a view to ensuring that clients obtain value even if they decide not to settle

Mediator Andrew Eastgate Feedback

  • quickly builds rapport and uses this trust to encourage them to take a commercially realistic approach
  • doesn’t give up but keeps working hard to achieve a settlement even when one looks unlikely
  • calm professional approach
  • concentrated minds on the real issues
  • brings a positive element to the mediation whilst being realistic about the formation of a potential settlement
  • his persistence was a key factor in a deal being done
  • enabled dialogue to continue, resulting in a settlement at a time when all options appeared to have been exhausted
  • The net effect was that a settlement was achieved in a case which, if I am honest, my counterpart and I did not think would settle.

Mediator Andrew Eastgate Professional Background

  • Qualified with Stephenson Harwood in 1980
  • Partner in Pinsents (now Pinsent Masons) from 1985 until 2004, including being head of corporate finance in Birmingham from 1997 until 2003. Clients included major UK and international businesses as well as smaller public and private companies
  • Accredited by as a mediator by CEDR in 2004 and ADR Group in 2006
  • Appointed to CEDR Solve panel in 2007
  • Treasurer of the Association of Midlands Mediators
  • Mediation panel member of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited
  • Currently a non-executive director of Epwin Group Limited and of Headlam Group plc

Other Interests

Family, travel and cricket

To appoint this mediator please call 0800 246 1218 or email [email protected]

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