Robin Somerville


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“Calm approach… finding solutions for tricky problems… exceptional… second to none… A really true professional”




Robin is a mediator and barrister specialising in shareholder, partnership, board, business, family business, commercial and technology disputes. He mediates, advises and acts as a mediation advocate, typically in respect of multi-million pound business disputes. The largest to date is £120m involving six brothers and their children.

Prior to qualifying as a mediator in 2009, Robin set up, grew and modestly successfully sold three start-up businesses of his own as well as being involved in his family’s third generation family business which fell into administration in the financial crisis. Robin was involved in his own personal commercial dispute as a claimant which itself settled at mediation. He is therefore uniquely placed to be particularly effective in understanding the commercial, relationship, risk and strategic issues involved with disputes. Robin quickly builds rapport with clients who value his approachability, responsiveness and pragmatic, problem solving and solution focussed outlook.

Robin also sits as a judge, arbitrator and adjudicator. Previously Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service.

  • Board
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Family Business
  • Partnership
  • Shareholder
  • Technology
  • Workplace & Employment