The Civil Justice Council (“CJC”) has described mediation as: “the pre-eminent non-adjudicative dispute resolution process conducted in parallel with litigation”.

The CJC supports not only mandatory ADR, but compulsory mediation. The landscape is changing quickly. At Deka Chambers we have a team of trained and experienced mediators ready to help you to stay ahead of the game.

Mediation provides a quick, confidential and cost-effective way of resolving disputes without trial, allowing the parties to remain in control of the process and to address issues outside the narrow scope of litigation. A mediator is appointed by all of the parties to the dispute to help them resolve their dispute in a manner acceptable to them all. It has the advantage over traditional joint settlement meetings in that the involvement of a trained, experienced neutral, who has no directive authority, can often help the parties to work through deadlocks and bring a fresh perspective to entrenched positions.

Mediation can be used to settle any kind of dispute, from the simplest to the most complex. Litigation does not even have to have been started. It rarely takes longer than a day and, arranged at the right stage in a dispute, will cost much less than proceeding to a court hearing.

For further information please see the Deka Chambers Guide to “How Mediation Works”.

Our Mediators

Our mediation team at Deka Chambers started in 2003 and is steadily growing.  Our mediators are trained by and accredited with leading bodies including the CEDR and the London School of Mediation.  Some are faculty members, training other mediators.  All are practising barristers.

Mediation Expertise

Disputes Covered

We are a common law set, undertaking both claimant and defendant work.  We can offer mediation across a broad range of practice areas.

We have particular experience in personal injury, clinical negligence, employment law, professional negligence and commercial disputes.

In the employment field, we have trained and qualified workplace and employment mediators who can assist both in repairing existing employment relationships and easing the transition for those which have broken down.

The Mediation Process

Our mediators can be booked by a simple phone call to the clerks. Then a Deka Chambers Mediation Agreement is signed to confirm the booking. The Agreement also sets out the process although further guidance on this will be provided by our mediators once the booking is confirmed. Download a copy of our Mediation Agreement.

For claims worth less than £100,000 we offer a reduced rate, short form, remote mediation service. Please enquire with the clerks for our fees.

Mediation Barristers

King's Counsel

John Ross KC

Call 1971 | Silk 2001

Grahame Aldous KC

Call 1979 | Silk 2008

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Laura Johnson KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2022

Juniors (15 years +)

Gaurang Naik

Call 1985

Laura Begley

Call 1993

David Thomson

Call 1994

Laura Elfield

Call 1996

Simon Butler

Call 1996

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Simon Brindle

Call 1998

Robert Horner

Call 1999

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call 2000

Simon Trigger

Call 2000

Gurion Taussig

Call 2001

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Hugh Rimmer

Call 2003

Andrew Spencer

Call 2004

Bernard Pressman

Call 2004

Ian Clarke

Call 2005

Alastair Hogarth

Call 2005

Lisa Dobie

Call 2006

Jennifer Oborne

Call 2007


William Dean

Call 2011

Ella Davis

Call 2013

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Jake Richards

Call 2017

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Thomas Yarrow

Call 2018


Practice Managers

Ellie Brand

Practice Manager

Assistant Practice Managers

Matthew Shepherd

Assistant Practice Manager

Latest News & Events

Dekinar Recording: Mediation in Practice

10 Things to Consider When Thinking About Mediation In yesterday’s webinar, Grahame Aldous KC and Laura Elfield provided a comprehensive overview of the mediation process. From whether you need to mediate, to how to set it up, what it should cover, how to prepare and…

Alternative Dispute Resolution Briefing: May 2023

Welcome to the first edition of the Deka ADR Team Briefing. This is a really exciting time in the history of ADR, which is increasingly at the front and centre of any litigation procedure. Lisa Dobie here considers the future of ADR, focussing on the…

How Mediation Works

“Most cases are suitable for mediation”Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust What is Mediation? Mediation means using an independent person, the Mediator, to facilitate the process of resolving a dispute. The Mediator does not act as a judge to determine the dispute nor make…

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