As CEDR’s Director of Training and Consultancy, James is one of the UK’s most experienced ADR trainers and consultants, specialising in ADR dispute process design and capacity building and has worked in many countries in 2008-2009, including, Spain, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, Egypt, Croatia, Ukraine and Bosnia Herzegovina. With this experience, speaking Spanish and training in cross-cultural issues in mediation, James is also experienced in mediating disputes with an international element including; international development disputes, cross-border and cross-cultural disputes. In addition to his mediating experience, he combines his mediating, training and consultancy skills to provide facilitation services particularly for groups, which find themselves in conflict. James was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1994 and after practising as a barrister, was appointed as a full-time mediator for the Ministries of Justice and Housing in Auckland. In three years, James mediated hundreds of disputes involving face-to-face, shuttle and telephone mediation processes. While in this role James trained in advanced mediation skills and dealing with difficult people, with Boulder Colorado. He also trained in cross-cultural issues in mediation. James moved to London in 1999 and gained a Masters in Law (distinction) in Dispute Prevention and Resolution, at the University of Westminster. He joined CEDR in 2000 and is now CEDR’s Director of Training and Consultancy. As such, he is one of the few full-time mediation professionals in the UK, and his work takes him to many parts of the world, training lawyers, judges and other professionals as well advising on government and international organisations such as the World Bank, on the development of ADR worldwide.