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Charles Middleton Smith

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Mediation Profile

Charles Middleton-Smith is an English-qualified Solicitor with over 25 years of commercial experience. Charles has been mediating since accreditation by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in 1998 and is appointed in a wide variety of business and legal contexts, with sums involved ranging between £50,000 and £100 million.
From 1991-2007, Charles was a partner at the Hammonds law firm in London, specialising in international and domestic commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, whilst also mediating. He is now concentrating on his main interest and successful practice as an independent commercial mediator, recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers Directory as a leading mediator, with excellent ratings over several years (2001-2015).

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Other than the main practice areas, attention is drawn to banking and finance, retail, automotive, property, IT/telecoms/utilities, partnership, public sector, employment and healthcare.

In the sports sector, there is experience in football, leisure and fitness, motor racing, fighting, motor cycling, governing bodies, sports funding and public sector.

Key words to identify experience in the arts, media and entertainment (including intellectual property) sectors include:

• Performing arts royalties, photographs, film themes, "celebrity", books, valuable artworks, dance, film and film scripts, record companies, magazine publishers, musicians, TV, advertising, film production, contemporary art, classical music, DVDs and hotel/catering industry.

• Other intellectual property experience includes design right, patents, software rights (counterfeiting and licensing), healthcare.

Calmness, authority and optimism. Momentum, humour. Well prepared, persistent, flexible. Facilitative, thus influencing and directing process to enable dialogue between disputants and increased understanding of their respective positions. Coaching, challenging, with disputants privately, thus giving perspective where positions adopted are unlikely to produce progress. A consummate professional, Charles has found that elusive balance between facts and feelings brought by parties to the mediation. He has avoided the trap of being a “lawyer in mediator’s clothing” and consequently commands the respect of all who encounter him.
• Corporate and commercial contract cases (including high value & City of London based) • Arts, title, jurisdiction and authenticity disputes • Media & Entertainment (including trade mark copyright and defamation) • Sport • Financial Services/Regulatory • Agency and distribution contracts, including Commercial Agents’ Regulations (EU) • Disputes with an international and/or cross-cultural dimension • Assisted deal making, also mergers and acquisitions fallout, joint ventures • Family business, shareholder • Inheritance disputes

A typical total fee for a two-party commercial case of average weight would be £3,000-£4000 per day, to include reasonable preparation and travel time with an additionally hourly rate of £250 after 6pm. VAT is added where applicable. Goodwill follow up time where needed is included within reason.

In Place of Strife, London

CEDR, London

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

Facilit8 London

Training and Education

Teaching and mentoring of recently qualified lawyers (Hammonds)

(2008 - 12) Foundation Training of new mediators in Athens, Greece, under the auspices of EEDE, the Ministry of Industry, Department of Commerce, the Hellenic Mediation and Arbitration Centre.
(2010 - 13) Exclusive supplier of Foundation Training of new mediators for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, Channel Isles, Ireland
(2012) Foundation training combined Commercial and Family Mediation, Bahamas 
(2013 - 15) Foundation Training of new mediators and Advanced Mediation and Negotiation skills in Athens, Greece, under auspices of Prometheus, a joint venture between the Athens Bar and the Industrial Chamber of Athens (V.E.A.)

2014 - to date Foundation Training of new mediators at Strathmore University Nairobi. Facilit8™ is the mediation accrediting body for the Strathmore Dispute Resolution Centre and Strathmore University.


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Middleton Smith
Charles Middleton-Smith
0044 (0) 208743 9127
0044 (0)7768935373
Middleton Smith
34 Perryn Road
W3 7NA
United Kingdom