Phillip Howell Richardson

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Mediation Profile

I am a full time international commercial mediator and one of the UK's most experienced and widely respected mediators. I have over 25 years experience of mediating the most complex cases in the UK and internationally.

I joined Independent Mediators in 2010. I become a full time mediator in 2005 and at the same time I became a consultant in ADR with KWM SJ Berwin LLP, who have a reputation for leadership in mediation and ADR and head of their ADR Unit.

Previously I was a partner in Morgan Cole for 23 years and led their commercial litigation group for 12 years as well as serving as a member of the firm's main board.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1975. I first became am accredited mediator with ADR Group in 1991 and subsequently became their chairman for 14 years. I have also been an accredited mediator with CEDR, and with the Hong Kong International Mediation Centre and a Court of Appeal mediator from that scheme's start. I have been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. I was one of the first European mediators to be invited to join the International Academy of Mediators as a Distinguished Fellow and I now serve as a member of its board. I have been a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of CPR New York and Chairman of PIM Senior Mediators. I am a mediation Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2011 I was included in the first edition of "Who's Who Legal International- Commercial Mediators" Directory as one of the worlds top mediators in that directory and I have been listed as such every year since then. I am listed in the top band in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500.

I have mediated for over 25 years and mediated over 1000 cases. The cases have varied in value from nil value in money but high importance to the individual or company or institution to cases that have involved several billions of dollars or group actions involving large groups of people. Every dispute and circumstance brings with it its own particular dynamics and the need for the mediator to adapt the mediation process so as to give the parties the maximum chance to resolve their dispute.I take care to work with the parties to support and empower them and use my experience of the mediation process whenever that is needed.

My aim is to give the parties the maximum opportunity to negotiate as effectively as possible so that they can arrive efficiently at the settlement they can live with. I prepare thoroughly and work with the parties from the outset to gain their trust and confidence. I take care to customise the mediation process to the needs of those involved and the issues that present. Once the negotiations commence I listen hard and use whatever techniques or initiatives are needed to assist enable lead suggest relax or challenge the people involved in the negotiation and decision making. Whilst I encourage a clear headed focus on outcomes and settlement I stay alert to the benefits brought by opening up new or fresh perceptions, safe acknowledgement of emotions and balanced sifting of risks and options. I aim to combine perseverance with insightful intervention and creative flair and to bring my extensive experience of complex and intractable disputes into use wherever that will help.
The whole range of commercial disputes have been mediated successfully. Claims mediated include; commercial contracts, international disputes involving governments,companies or individuals, finance and banking disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud, insurance disputes at all levels between insurers and with insured, professional negligence claims, insolvency, engineering and construction claims, oil and gas, property, intellectual property, sport, employment, environment claims and group actions involving large or small numbers of claimants.

Details of my fees can be found by visiting the following web site

or by contacting David Douglas or Nicky Doble at my administrative office ;

by phone on +44 (0) 207 127 9223 or by email on [email protected]

or by speaking to me on +44 (0) 7720 700 228

I am an Accredited Mediator, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales,a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Distinguished Fellow of IAM, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Development,

I am a mediation panel member of the International Chamber of Commerce, CMAP Paris,CPR New York,The London Court of International Arbitration, WIPO, and Sport Resolution(UK)

I am a Court of Appeal Mediator and a Governor of Clifton College Bristol having been Vice Chairman of Council.

Reference are readily available on request.
Here are comments provided by some people who have mediated with me;
"You really know how to get results" and "You have a great talent for building rapport, reading personalities and issue spotting"
"It was indeed a pleasure to work with you and I hope that we have the opportunity to do so again in the future"
"Many thanks Phillip for keeping the momentum going during the day and suggesting the split at the end which kept the claim beneath the psychologically important 7 digits"

Training and Education

I am accredited by ADR Group, CEDR, HKAIC, IAM,and others.

I give in house training for law firms in the UK frequently. I have spoken at conferences at various locations throughout the world such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brussels, Moscow and Paris. I led several sessions at the ADR Conference held by the Queensland Bar Association in Noosa in February 2015.

I write articles and take part in blogs on issues arising out of mediation cases and mediator development. I undertake my own development of my skills through peer review and membership of mediator groups

I encourage trainee mediators to join me as my assistant and I teach infrequently at various Universities.


Contributor to "Mediators on Mediation" published by Butterworths.

Article "Europe's Changing Mediation Landscape"

Articles "Getting Past Impasse" and "Representation Skills for successful Mediation" etc


I adhere to the European Code of Conduct for Mediators first launched in 2004

I take part in and am subject to the Independent Mediators complaints procedure.

I maintain Professional Indemnity Insurance.
My current Professional Indemnity Insurance is provided under Oxygen Professional Liability Insurance cover under Policy OXY 8649550 underwritten by Hiscox Underwriting Ltd. The years cover commenced on 28th of April 2015 and more than adequate cover for Professional Indemnity and Public & Products liability is provided.

Howell Richardson
Phillip Howell Richardson
+44 (0) 7720 700228
+44 (0) 7720 700 228
Independent Mediators Ltd
70 Fleet Street
United Kingdom
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