Jane Player

Chambers Mediator

Jane is not afraid to get stuck in and work with the parties towards a settlement.” – Mediation Feedback

Languages: English

Jane Player is a highly experienced full-time mediator who has been privy to some of the first mediations in the UK having started her career at Turner Kenneth Brown which housed CEDR’s first home. Jane regularly mediates a wide range of corporate/commercial disputes both here in the UK and has had experience of mediation in Europe, Asia and Africa. Jane has a keen understanding of the cultural aspects of joint venture and consortia disputes having advised and mediated a number of these in multiple jurisdictions.

Her expertise focuses on corporate and contractual claims, fraud, project and IP disputes covering a wide variety of industries to include pharmaceuticals, life sciences, energy, technology, media and infrastructure. Jane is a member of CEDR mediator training faculty and is known for her proactive facilitation, encouraging parties to balance the cost benefit analyses of the settlement against the ultimate potential for a win at court or arbitration. She is recommended in the legal directories and is described as mixing “a tenacious and involved style with a warm personality that brings all the parties together”. She is praised for her “quick grasp of both the legal and commercial risks at stake.”

Jane is recommended for mediations where there are strong personalities within the parties’ groups and where there may be some cynicism towards the potential for dispute resolution through mediation. She has an engaging style, is thorough in her preparation and is often praised for her proactive approach. She likes to adapt the process of mediation to suit the particular dispute and needs of the parties and is keen to promote the flexibility of the mediation process itself.

Professional Background

Until April 2017, Jane was a Dispute Resolution Partner at the law firm King & Spalding in London, joining in 2012. Prior to that she was the co-head of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Bird & Bird which she joined in 2002; and before that she was 10 years as head of DLA’s London Disputes team. Jane began her legal career with 7 years at Turner Kenneth Brown having qualified as a solicitor in 1987.

Jane mediates on a regular basis and is a member of both the CEDR Panel and CEDR Faculty. Jane undertook the International Advanced Mediation course with MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives) in 2007 and again in 2016 and was a member of their faculty for training mediators. Additionally, Jane was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow to the International Academy in March 2016. She is a member of the Follet Group, a group of top female mediators from the UK and she is a past member of the Mediation Section of the IBA. Jane is active within the IMI (International Mediation Institute) and was involved in the pilot of the ICC/IMI Cross Cultural Mediation Course in Paris 2011. Jane is also a member of the current IMI/SI/CCA Mixed Mode Task Force looking at innovative ways to expand the use of mediation techniques.

Jane actively promotes mediation and regularly speaks on the subject in a number of jurisdictions. Most recently, Jane chaired a mediation session on effective negotiation at the Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration conference in November 2017. In 2014, Jane co-chaired an IP mediation panel session at the annual IBA Conference in Tokyo; and presented a session on mediation techniques, role playing and techniques for breaking stalemates at the Intellectual Property Mediation Conference in Alicante. Jane also co-wrote a chapter for the latest mediation handbook authored by David Richbell as well as authored the mediation section of the IP arbitration book by Trevor Cook for WIPO. Further details of Jane’s publications and speaking accolades are listed below.


  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • ICT
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Professional Negligence
  • Reputation Management
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