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"He has a calm, nice, patient manner." - Client Feedback
Geoffrey Greenhouse specialises in mediating disputes where there are highly emotive issues, particularly where parties have had, and might continue to have, an on-going family or business relationship. A mediator of over 50 disputes in recent years Geoffrey is regularly chosen to mediate as a panel member of the Court of Appeal mediation scheme.
Geoffrey has been practising solicitor in the City of London for over 30 years. He deals with private client work and his own principal areas of practice are probate, trusts and settlements, charities and Court of Protection. He is the legal adviser to a group of private and voluntary aided schools and has dealt with many high profile charity and trust disputes. He has acted and also advised on disputes arising in family-owned companies and commercial partnerships.
- Dispute by family as to the fees charged by an attorney acting for an incapacitated elderly lady.
- In the last years of his life, E made four Wills alternating between giving his Godson every thong and the lodger/carer a lump sum of £50.000,00; or, the Godson and carer each sharing the residue of his state. It appeared that the moment he made a Will in favour of one of them, the other persuaded him to change his mind and make another Will in their favour. This was not however how the parties saw the matter. They accused each other of having deliberately persuaded him to make a Will.
- Family dispute over a gift of £500,000 involving undue influence argument.
- A probate dispute between a widow and her stepdaughter relating to an estate valued in excess of £500,000. After three years of litigation the dispute was referred to mediation by the Court.
- A dispute between members of an extended family as to the ownership of a farm valued in excess of £2million. The farm had planning permission for a residential development. After 12 years of bitter litigation the dispute was referred to mediation by the Court. The dispute was settled in one day of mediation.
- A dispute between a major UK charity and a member who had been expelled from the charity was settled in one day and as a result Judicial Review proceedings were discontinued. The parties were delighted at saving substantial costs and avoiding harmful and embarrassing publicity.
- A family Trust dispute between parents and children. Value in excess of £2million.
- Dispute as to a validity of a will.
- Long running family dispute with regard to a trust and claim by one party for £3 millions.
Client comments include that he is “very patient” and “conducted the mediation thoroughly”.
- “He was terribly good. It was a really difficult mediation because it was a really nasty family dispute. A daughter and parents who were estranged and virtually would not go in the same room.”
- “The mediation was really well done by him to keep everyone together for a day.”
- “He has a calm, nice, patient manner. He also managed the Client.”
- “I would definitely, definitely use him again. I was very impressed.”
2001 - Harvard University Law School – Certificate in advanced mediation
1999 - Accredited and registered mediator CEDR
1971 - LLB (Hons), London School of Economics
1973 - LLM London School of Economics specialising in taxation
1979 to date – Solicitor and Director at Greenhouse Stirton & Co solicitors
Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) – Panel Member for CEDR Solve since 1999;
Court of Appeal Panel of Mediators – Panel Member;
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP);
Member of the Law Society Committee on ADR (1999 to 2009);
Public Guardianship Office (Court of Protection) - member of the Panel of Receivers.
European Commission Brussels; Geoffrey represented the Law Society on the development of alternative dispute resolution in the E.C.
He has taught ADR techniques and principles to solicitors and barristers
Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Psychological Bars to Settlement. Paper presented to the CEDR Forum December 2000.
Commercial ADR: Contributor “Trust and Probate Disputes” published by Sweet & Maxwell 2001.
Keeping the relationship alive - interfamily disputes: Paper presented to the CEDR Forum December 2008.
Updated: April 2016