Mediation is a way of settling disputes without the delay, stress and expense of going to court. Our mediators can help to resolve any dispute no matter how complicated or bitterly fought.
We offer a solution to resolving disputes which is informal, cost effective, and quick. We can arrange mediations in a matter of days/weeks. Whilst a judge is limited to ruling on the law our specialist mediators can help the parties arrive at more wide ranging, creative and better solutions.
We take time to understand the real issues causing the dispute. As well as being sensitive to the emotional elements of any dispute we are very much alive to the practical and commercial realities. Our flexible approach can help to preserve business and family relationships despite the dispute. Using our skills and experience we will work tirelessly with the parties to try to find a resolution which everyone can live with.
Our trained mediators are experts in the various legal areas in which they practice. They will guide the parties through the mediation process to try to make it as straightforward as they can in the hope and expectation that it will be possible to reach a compromise acceptable to everyone.
We have a suite of comfortable rooms available for mediations ensuring that each party has their own space and can discuss any aspect of the dispute in complete confidence.
Almost any dispute is capable of being settled by mediation. Examples include:
Commercial lease disputes
Residential landlord and tenant disputes
Professional negligence claims
Undue influence claims
Will disputes/Inheritance Act claims
Divorce/separation/civil partnership disputes
Children and family financial disputes arising on relationship breakdown
We have particular experience however in the fields of inheritance and trust disputes, property matters and family/cohabitation disputes.
Associate Solicitor, Family
Julian has extensive experience in family law and in particular high net worth financial cases.
Qualifying in 1988, Julian’s career has included practising family law in California, gaining invaluable experience acting in high profile cases for clients in Beverley Hills.
Julian is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator and has been admitted to the California Bar (non-practising). He is also a member of Resolution and the Thameside Collaborative Law Pod.
His most memorable case was obtaining monthly alimony of $35k for a client.
Julian receives excellent feedback from his clients: “Your patience, efficiency and pragmatic advice have made a difficult matter easier for us.”
Here are Julian’s answers to a brief interview about his interests and achievements.
What was your first car?
A rusty Peugeot which expired on the M3 in Winchester on Friday the 13th.
What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
Opera chorus member
What was one of the high points in your legal career?
My first Court of Appeal case which was reported in the papers.
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
As Head of Dispute Resolution Paul has extensive experience of dealing with a wide range of disputes focusing in particular on professional negligence, contentious trust and estate cases and Inheritance Act claims where he acts for both claimants and defendants, trustees, executors and beneficiaries.
He is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. He is also an ADR Group Accredited Mediator. Paul has, in the past, appeared on local radio as a “legal eagle” responding to listeners’ queries.
Passing his Law Society finals with First Class Honours Paul originally trained at Hart Brown. Having spent two years sharpening up his advocacy skills at another firm Paul returned to Hart Brown as a partner.
As one client put it: “I am very impressed with his thoroughness” and another: “A very professional service delivered in a very personal way”.
“With Hart Brown I had complete success with my claim against my former solicitor. At all stages I had the confidence to proceed based on the clear analysis and communication of my position. I have no hesitation in recommending Hart Brown and particularly Paul Grimwood”.
And outside work:
1. What are your interests outside of work?
Racquetball, badminton, watching rugby, travel and music.
2. What is your favourite travel destination?
We once did a house exchange holiday to San Francisco and there was such a lot to see and do that I felt slightly sorry for the American family staying at our house in Surrey.
Partner, Head of Family
Sharon has over 20 years experience on all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects in high value divorces. She is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.
“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.
Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.
Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!
She qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.
A client thanked Sharon for her work: “I would especially like to thank Sharon Powell for all her support and guidance throughout. Thanks indeed.”
Here are Sharon’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements.
What are your interests?
Cooking and enjoying a well prepared meal.
Where is your favourite destination?
Tell us about your notable achievements?
I was particularly proud when I became a partner and then head of the family department. I like the challenge of developing a department and helping others develop in their own careers.
Barrister, Dispute Resolution
Simon is a barrister within our Dispute Resolution department having been called to the bar in 1987. He was a tenant in chambers in the Middle Temple for ten years where he had a broad practice in general commercial and civil litigation before increasingly specialising in property litigation. Before he joined Hart Brown in June 2012 he was in private practice in central London.
Simon has substantial expertise in all aspects of property disputes as well as property related professional negligence claims and insolvency.
Simon is a trained mediator and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution as a way of resolving claims. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association in the Middle Temple.
And outside work …
What is your favourite film?
Ferris Bueller’s day off.
What are your interests outside of work?
Running a small holding which includes pigs, bees and chickens. Sailing and cycling (but not at the same time!).
What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?