“Jonathan has a calm and gracious manner which instils confidence in those with whom he works. He is intelligent and perceptive with an instinct for settlement.”
Jonathan has over 40 years of dispute resolution experience as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Solicitor and Barrister, specialising in international and commercial law. Jonathan’s considerable, diverse experience as a Mediator has brought him great success in settling disputes, both in the UK and internationally.
His vast experience and the range of Mediation and arbitration cases that he has been involved with, have given him the tact and robustness that leads to a satisfactory conclusion, enabling all parties to cost-effectively put the case behind them and get on with their business. He has particular expertise in International commercial law, including settling cases in; shipping, maritime, energy, insurance, international trade and commerce across a range of jurisdictions.
Jonathan is one of the founder members of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and is well known for the use of the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) principle in resolving cases. His wise guidance, flexible approach and excellent communication skills as a team player make him the right choice for both complex and more straightforward Mediation cases.
Jonathan is also fully accredited by and a member of the International Mediation Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has lectured worldwide and written numerous articles on the subject of Mediation. He is a co-author of a number of publications relating to ADR and Commercial Disputes. Jonathan has also taken part in the widely recognised Harvard Advanced Mediation Residential Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes.
Jonathan was awarded Global Shipping & Maritime Lawyer of the Year for both 2010 and 2011 by Who’s Who Legal. In December 2011 he featured in Lloyd’s List of Top Ten Legal Personalities and was a finalist for the Lloyd’s List Global Shipping & Maritime Lawyer of the Year award in 2012.
He is a fluent French and German speaker making him much in demand also for international Mediations.
Formally a practising solicitor, he was the Joint Head of the Arbitration and Mediation Group with the international commercial and shipping law firm Ince & Co. After an extremely successful career culminating as a Senior Partner, Jonathan made the decision to specialise independently in Mediation and was subsequently called to the Bar and joined Chambers in 2013. Most of Jonathan’s working career, in the UK and overseas, has been involved with Mediation and arbitration in some form or another. Aside from his expertise in international, commercial law, including shipping and commercial trade he has handled Mediation cases across a broad spectrum including; construction, professional negligence, personal injury, land and property, insurance, banking to maritime and shipping, to name just a few.