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  • Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji

    The lead Mediator and Director of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited is Harvinder Singh Bhurji

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    Jane Walmsley

    Jane encourages people to take full advantage of the mediation process and the control...

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  • Paul Balen

    Dispute resolution; Professional negligence including Clinical Negligence; Product Liability; personal injury...

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    Sundeep Singh Bhatia

    Conduct of employment law matters including unfair dismissal, discrimination and compromise agreement

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  • David S Black

    Has been involved in commercial and neighbourhood mediations and helped achieve resolution of disputes

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    Dr Michael Butterworth

    I am available to undertake all aspects of Commercial, Civil and Community mediation

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  • Richard Cavadino

    As a RICS accredited mediator I have mediated a number of disputes in construction and property-related matters.

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    Rajiv Chelani

    He has worked in varied project management, commercial and community leadership roles.

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  • Martin Collingwood

    Specialisms include Construction and Civil Engineering, PFI Work, PPP Lift, Infrastructure Projects and more

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    David Daly

    I have completed over 110 Mediations so far completed as a mediator

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  • Roderick O'Driscoll

    Rod is a Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator, a Notary Public and a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court

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    Andrew Eastgate

    As a solicitor and partner in Pinsents for more than 20 years, Andrew is highly experienced in negotiating deals

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  • Ike Ehiribe

    As a Chartered Arbitrator and Adjudicator I have issued well over 400 awards and decisions in civil & commercial disputes

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    Dr Peter Fenn

    Elected member of Dispute Resolution Faculty Board at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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  • Roger Fielder

    Rogers mediation style is commercially focused and realistic, yet at the same time friendly and relaxed.

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    Grant Goodlad

    Grants background involves both commercial and contentious aspects of the law

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  • Carolyn Graham

    She works cross sector and has mediated a wide range of disputes especially employment and workplace

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    Dr Frances Gillian Green

    Self-employed consultant; workplace investigations, mediation and dispute management

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  • Phil Hesketh

    Professional Mediator accredited by ADR Group in 2006 with 19 years experience as a civil litigation solicitor.

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    Paul Hughes

    Head of Insurance Litigation Department, specialising in personal injury and insurance litigation

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  • Maz Adam Iqbal

    Specialisms include Commercial including Debt Recovery and Contractual Disputes, Civil including Personal Injury.

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    Russell Jones

    Extensive experience of advising in a range of both civil and commercial disputes from boundary disputes to...

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  • Joe Al Khayat

    Has worked on a wide range of commercial, contract, employment, personal injury and insolvency-related disputes

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    Sarah Langeveld

    Recognised as delivering outstanding customer service and utilising a wide range of skills

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  • Robin Lea

    His mediation style is commercially focused and pragmatic, yet friendly and relaxed.

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    Tina Suvajac Lees

    Tina works as a commercial and employment mediator and has worked on over 100 mediations

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  • Edward Legard

    Specialist employment practitioner covering all major aspects of employment law.

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    Michael Mccourt

    His experience covers a wide range of civil, property, building, and ownership disputes.

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  • Paul Newman

    He has a particular interest in building and civil engineering claims

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    Frances Place

    Founded and managed Family Mediation Department at Lyons Davidson for 11 years

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  • Martin E Quaile

    Specialisms include building and construction, environmental, property and general commercial disputes

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    Angus Nicoll Reid

    Angus Reid is a Chartered Engineer with a successful career spanning some 30 years in engineering design

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  • Julian Rendall

    Highly educated with a degree in communications and an accredited Civil and Commercial, Family, Community and Workplace Mediator

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    Richard De Rivaz

    Richard is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a Designated Member of Specialist Mediators LLP.

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  • Sheelagh Robinson

    Mediation experience in County Court, mostly under the National Mediation Helpline

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    John Roche

    Qualified as a Solicitor 1991, having obtained Is Class Honours Law Degree from Liverpool University

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  • Jeffrey C Rosenthal

    I have been extensively involved in dispute resolution work, acting as an arbitrator, expert witness and mediator

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    Tom Russell

    Tom has a wealth of experience in the world of litigation. He was a successful solicitor for nine years

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  • Umran Sadiq

    Umran has a wide range of experience in general civil and commercial litigation

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    Ken Salmon

    Building, civil engineering, professional negligence, rail, marine, energy, site remediation & more

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  • Lubna Shuja

    General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Divorce and Financial Orders, Boundary Disputes..

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    Paul Slater

    Paul holds extensive mediation skills and has produced positive results in his career as an accountant

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  • Louisa Taylor

    Louisa is an experienced and highly competent mediator with a background in private equity

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    Jonathan Tecks

    Mediated commercial mediations as sole mediator, joint mediator and party representative

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  • Marion Waite

    Marion uses a pragmatic & non legal approach to dispute resolution to bring parties to a sensible self defined conclusion

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    Peter Webster

    Construction & Engineering, PFI/Projects, Professional Negligence, Neighbour Disputes, Commercial Litigation...

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  • Dr Paul Wheatley

    Extensive experience in market/industry analysis and business cases

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Small Claims Court

If someone owes you money and won’t pay, you can take court action against them. This is known as making a court claim. You usually have to pay a court fee, and you may not win your case or get your money back.

You must try and settle a claim before taking court action. If you do not try to settle first, the court may penalise you.

You may be able to sort out your claim by using mediation sometimes even if you start a claim, the court might refer your case to a mediator.

Financial value of the case

If the value of a case is £5,000 or less, it will generally be allocated to the small claims track. In some cases, even if the value of the case is more than £5,000 and both parties agree, the court could allocate the case to the small claims track.

If this happens the usual rule about costs does not apply and if the claimant loses the case, they may have to pay the defendant’s solicitor’s costs.

However, if the claimant wins the case, the defendant could be ordered to pay the claimant’s costs.


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If you have a civil or commercial dispute of any nature and you have started, thinking of starting or defending a Court action (suing another person, company or are being sued) in the Small Claims Court or the County Court:

If you have an employment or workplace dispute of any nature and you have started, thinking of starting or defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal or at Court:

If you have a family dispute of any nature including divorce or separation and you have started, thinking of starting or defending a court action (suing a family member / individual or are being sued):