5 Jan 2007
Former President of the IBA appointed Special Adviser and Direct Mediator
The not-for-profit Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, has announced that Francis Neate of Kirkland and Ellis International LLP and recent President of the International Bar Association, will be joining its independent mediation service as a Direct Mediator and work with CEDR as a Special Adviser.
Francis Neate has practiced corporate law in London and around the world for 43 years and since 2004 has been of counsel to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Francis was elected President of the International Bar Association from 2005, a post which he held for the two-year term. Prior to joining Kirkland and Ellis International, from 1997 until 2004, Francis was Group Legal Adviser to Schroders plc, the global asset management company. Before 1997 Francis was at law firm Slaughter and May for 34 years (and a partner for 26 years), where he was engaged in public and private mergers and acquisitions, banking and general commercial contract work, before heading its litigation department for a decade.
His appointment to CEDR’s team coincides with a long period of international growth for CEDR, following the opening by Lord Woolf last year of the first UK-China Business Mediation Centre in Beijing and London. Francis will continue his relationship with Kirkland and Ellis International LLP in an international consultancy role.
Other senior figures joining CEDR Solve Direct
Tim Hardy is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna in London and has headed-up their litigation and dispute resolution departments, leading initiatives in Europe. He is an experienced litigator and mediator, specialising in banking, finance and warranty related disputes. Qualifying in 1978, he worked at Simmons and Simmons until 1980 and Slaughter and May from 1980 to 1986, when he joined his current firm.
Mike Holland is an experienced mediator from the United States who has worked in the insurance and reinsurance industry since 1966. Mike is President of Elliston LLC, a leading transatlantic consulting and claims management service, which he co-founded in 1984. He now spends much of his time in the UK and has successfully facilitated settlement across hundreds of commercial, and in particular insurance, disputes.
The CEDR Solve Direct mediator service enables requested appointments to be booked for specific mediators. This is a new service for clients where the mediators required are either members of CEDR staff, its consultants or have agreed to run an independent practice in association with CEDR’s quality assurance systems.