CEDR is delighted to confirm that Deputy Chief Executive Eileen Carroll has been awarded a Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa for an outstanding career as a commercial mediator. ‘Honorary QC’s’, as they are sometimes known, are open to qualified lawyers and legal academics who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts.Less than a handful of appointments are made each year through recommendations made by an independent panel to Her Majesty The Queen, and the first Honorary QC in 2000 was Nelson Mandela. Eileen is the first person to receive this recognition for work in commercial mediation.
Eileen Philomena Carroll has made a unique contribution in establishing mediation in civil justice systems over the last two decades, in three phases – as a key driver behind and co-founder of CEDR; as a lead non-executive director and then executive director of that organisation after she later left legal practice to join CEDR; and as an outstanding mediation practitioner in the last ten years.
Eileen was admitted as a Solicitor on 15th April 1981. She was one of the UK’s first commercial mediators, having gained experience when working as a partner in an international law firm in the 1980s. This led her to become a key founder of CEDR and working to establish it as a non-profit campaigning body and international leader in dispute resolution.
She always retained a close relationship with CEDR, founding the first commercial mediator training course and becoming its Deputy Chief Executive in 1996. In 1997 Eileen received a US award for excellence in bringing Alternative Dispute Resolution to the UK’s legal systems.
Today Eileen Carroll is best known as a senior mediation practitioner where she is regularly called upon by large national and international organisations to resolve disputes through mediation. Those calling upon her services in recent years have ranged from the US Department for State, the NHS and the BBC, to global banks, manufacturing giants and business dynasties.
We would like to congratulate Eileen on receiving such a prestigious distinction, and on being recognised for her work in the field of mediation.