A winning combination of pragmatism and insight.” – Partners Guide to the Legal Profession
Heather Allen has been a professional mediator since 1995 and is a founder member of the CEDR Chambers Practice Group. She combines her experience from a career in the commercial world with her legal qualification as a barrister to assist in resolving disputes in a wide range of sectors.
Heather has mediated contractual claims in many types of industry and also handles sensitive cases, between professionals and their regulatory bodies and between employers and employees, and she has supported collaborative working initiatives in the public sector. She has helped to resolve potentially disastrous shareholder disputes and internal disputes between Board members, as well as professional indemnity claims and acrimonious inheritance disputes. Heather regularly mediates clinical negligence claims as part of CEDR’s specialist panel. One of her particular strengths is in working with power imbalance, perceived or real, and with overt inter-personal conflict.
Historically, she worked as an advisor and advocate for clients through the CAB, working with a very wide range of people and problems.
She is highly skilled in dealing with multi-cultural issues having worked with many organisations in the UK on equality policy implementation and also as an international mediation consultant working in dozens of countries around the world including Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Lebanon, Moldova Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa and the USA.
As well as having a busy mediation practice, Heather was Head of CEDR’s Mediator Training Faculty from 2005 – 2018 and continues to enjoy training others in the skills of mediation, nationally and internationally.