Nicholas Gould

Solicitor, Mediator & Chartered Surveyor

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“We have appointed Nicholas a number of times to act as mediator. We cannot fault him in this role and will be using him again.”

Nicholas Gould is a very experienced and highly regarded mediator. He is a dual qualified solicitor and chartered surveyor, and a specialist mediator in the construction sector. He has acted as lead mediator more than 100 mediations since 1997, conducting substantial multi-party high value mediations. Most mediations are carried out in one day, although he also conducts multi-day and time limited mediations. He is chair of the panel of five adjudicators at CERN and an adjudicator for the ITER Fusion project in France, frequently selected to work on complex, high-value projects.

He has particular expertise in construction and engineering as lead mediator dealing with delay and money claims, defects, public sector PFI/PPP, professional negligence, property, dilapidations, planning, transport, energy, and insurance. He has particular international expertise, including in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has mediated under the Central London County Court Mediation Scheme and mediated pro-bono neighbourhood disputes as a community mediator in Manchester. He has acted as a project mediator, early neutral evaluator, adjudicator and arbitrator, and is a registered legal practitioner, DIFC Court, Dubai, UAE.

Nicholas is a partner in leading construction law firm Fenwick Elliott LLP. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, vice-president of the ICC’s Arbitration Commission, and past chairman of the Society of Construction Law. He also trains mediators in the UK and internationally for CEDR and the IFC (World Bank). He was a judge and mediator for the ICC’s 2009-2013 Mediation Competitions in Paris. He has completed research and published widely on the subjects of mediation, ADR, arbitration and construction law.

Nicholas Gould, Claire King and Philip Britton received a CEDR Award for Excellence in 2010 at the 20th anniversary CEDR awards as a finalist for the research led by Nicholas.


  • Commercial, retail
  • Construction engineering
  • Energy and renewable energy
  • Highways, bridges, tunnels
  • Insurance and reinsurance Data centres
  • IT, ICANN, internet protocol
  • Power plants, oil, gas, hydro and nuclear
  • Property planning and environment
  • Public sector, health, education
  • PFI, PPP, BOT and concession
  • Process engineering and secondary industries
  • Sports stadiums, leisure and theme parks
  • Transport, rail and airports
  • Waste treatment plants, waste to energy plants
  • Water treatment, desalination, sewage and water facilities