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David Richbell trained as a commercial mediator and was accredited by CEDR in 1991/2. He has practised full time since 1996. David's business background (he had his own Chartered Surveying business for 18 years up to 1996) gives him a powerful foundation for understanding commercial needs and imperatives. He has a strong understanding of and ability in, commercial negotiation. Although numbers do not make a good mediator, David has mediated over 500 cases valued from £4,000 to £650 million. It is not just value that causes complexity - high emotion, volume of documents, complexity of detail and commercial imperatives all bring their complications. Most appointments are due to his considerable experience as a commercial mediator and trainer of commercial mediators. David has been described as a 'pre-eminent practitioner' when it comes to multi-party mediations. The largest number of parties David has mediated is 13. David has written the CEDR Mediator Handbook, the chapter "Co-Mediation" in the acclaimed book Mediators on Mediation and the Mediation of Construction Disputes, which received the CEDR Award for Excellence in 2008.
Many disputes, particularly in construction are multi-party. These form a large part of David's experience. Success depends on efficient management and keeping the parties engaged in the process. Also a significant proportion of David's mediations have an international dimension, at least one party being non-UK. David has mediated cases in Italy, Bangladesh, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Bermuda. David is one of the few commercial mediators experienced in co-mediation of complex disputes. Originally having a pairing with Presiley Baxendale QC (now retired) David has an established pairing with his training partner, Jane Gunn and with Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court Chambers. Co-mediation is ideal fir multi-party disputes and for large complex cases. David's settlement rate in 2008 was 87.5%. This includes three cases that did not settle on the day but did so, with his continued help, shortly after the mediation day.
CEDR Mediator Handbook Chapter Co-Mediation in the publication Mediator on Mediation, Butterworths 2005. Mediation of Construction Disputes, Blackwells 2008.
In Place of Strife The Mediation Chambers, London www.mediate.co.uk
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