Tony is a commercial mediation pioneer, among the first to be trained in 1990, to mediate regularly and then in 1998 launch his own independent practice as a full time commercial mediator as the Woolf Reforms to Civil Justice were about to take effect.
His background as a Litigation Partner in Clifford Chance for more than 25 years (including a 2 year stint as a Managing Partner), managing teams of Lawyers in some of the most complex multinational litigation gave him the experience and standing to undertake a wide range of commercial matters. He was an early member of the International Academy of Mediators, has mediated widely in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, in the US, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Hong Kong and elsewhere and has been recognised by all the prominent legal directories including some years as Commercial Mediator of the year by WWL.
Tony joined chambers in 2004, so joining Bill and Stephen in what even then was an exceptional group of UK based full time professional commercial mediators.
Tony has conducted significantly more than a thousand Mediations to date and advised on more in many parts of the UK and in locations such as New York, The UAE, Belgium, Romania, Guernsey, Jersey, the Republic of Ireland, the Bahamas and elsewhere. He has also been appointed Settlement Counsel. Sums in issue have ranged up to 1.2 Billion US Dollars. Issues include Professional Negligence, Board Room, Shareholder and M&A disputes, Partnership, Pensions, Information Technology, Employment, Family Trusts and related disputes, insolvency, tax, charity, oil and gas, civil engineering and construction, insurance and reinsurance. Parties have included multinationals and other companies, individuals, Governments and Departments such as the Home Office, MOD, Revenue & Customs and DEFRA. He has been appointed Mediator by the FSA and dealt with other Regulatory matters including Competition cases.
All matters dealt with as a Mediator are confidential but information can be provided about cases dealt with in recent times provided it is understood that the names of the parties and related details must remain confidential.
Tony was trained as a Mediator by CEDR in London in 1990/91 and was a Non Executive Director and member of their training faculty for some years. He is a member of several distinguished panels of mediators including being a founding member in 1999 of PIM Senior Mediators where he was its second Chairman for 2 years during its re-launch in 2009. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) where he is a Board member, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the CPR (New York) International Panel of Distinguished Mediators. He was the Founding Chairman from 1997 to 2001 of the Solicitors pro bono Group (now LawWorks) and from 1999 to 2009 was Chairman of the Governing Council of Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire.
LLB Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1966.
Barrister (New Zealand) 1966 to date
Solicitor (England & Wales) 1971 to 1998
Barrister (England & Wales) 2004 to date
Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Distinguished Fellow International Academy of Mediators