Sir David Foskett

Mediator, Barrister

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David trained as a mediator with CEDR in 2002 and acted as a mediator in addition to his practice as a barrister for several years prior to his appointment as a High Court Judge in 2007.  He was variously described by those present at mediations he conducted as “a first class mediator”, “an excellent mediator, understanding the issues well, some of which were complex and sensitive”, “excellent at putting the parties at ease”,  “conciliatory, sensible and constructive” and someone who adopted an “informal tone”.  He promoted mediation as a judge and following his retirement as a judge he has returned to dispute resolution work, including mediation.  He is Chairman of the Civil Mediation Council and is actively promoting mediation both in the UK and elsewhere.  He has lectured on dispute resolution topics around the world (including on the Singapore Convention) and has been identified with the general area of dispute resolution since his book, The Law and Practice of Compromise (now known as ‘Foskett on Compromise’), was first published in 1980.  He has a very broad range of experience of civil law disputes derived from his legal practice, his work as a mediator and his time as a judge.

Professional Background

Barrister in common law and commercial practice from 1973 to 2007 (QC in 1991).  High Court Judge from 2007 to 2019.  Principal author of ‘Foskett on Compromise’ (9th edition due 2019) since 1980.  Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 1992.  Member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, 1997-2001.  Judicial member of the Civil Justice Council, 2014-2016.  Judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench Division Civil List, 2015-2019.  Treasurer of Gray’s Inn, 2018.  Chairman of the Civil Mediation Council, 2019.  Member of the Council of King’s College London, 2010-2019.


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