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“Jane is not afraid to get stuck in and work with the parties towards a settlement.” - Mediation Feedback
Jane Player is a highly experienced full-time mediator who has been privy to some of the first mediations in the UK having started her career at Turner Kenneth Brown which housed CEDR’s first home. Jane regularly mediates a wide range of corporate/commercial disputes both here in the UK and has had experience of mediation in Europe, Asia and Africa. Jane has a keen understanding of the cultural aspects of joint venture and consortia disputes having advised and mediated a number of these in multiple jurisdictions.
Her expertise focuses on corporate and contractual claims, fraud, project and IP disputes covering a wide variety of industries to include pharmaceuticals, life sciences, energy, technology, media and infrastructure. Jane is a member of CEDR mediator training faculty and is known for her proactive facilitation, encouraging parties to balance the cost benefit analyses of the settlement against the ultimate potential for a win at court or arbitration. She is recommended in the legal directories and is described as mixing “a tenacious and involved style with a warm personality that brings all the parties together”. She is praised for her “quick grasp of both the legal and commercial risks at stake.”
Jane is recommended for mediations where there are strong personalities within the parties’ groups and where there may be some cynicism towards the potential for dispute resolution through mediation. She has an engaging style, is thorough in her preparation and is often praised for her proactive approach. She likes to adapt the process of mediation to suit the particular dispute and needs of the parties and is keen to promote the flexibility of the mediation process itself.
Until April 2017, Jane was a Dispute Resolution Partner at the law firm King & Spalding in London, joining in 2012. Prior to that she was the co-head of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Bird & Bird which she joined in 2002; and before that she was 10 years as head of DLA’s London Disputes team. Jane began her legal career with 7 years at Turner Kenneth Brown having qualified as a solicitor in 1987.
Jane mediates on a regular basis and is a member of both the CEDR Panel and CEDR Faculty. Jane undertook the International Advanced Mediation course with MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives) in 2007 and again in 2016 and was a member of their faculty for training mediators. Additionally, Jane was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow to the International Academy in March 2016. She is a member of the Follet Group, a group of top female mediators from the UK and she is a past member of the Mediation Section of the IBA. Jane is active within the IMI (International Mediation Institute) and was involved in the pilot of the ICC/IMI Cross Cultural Mediation Course in Paris 2011. Jane is also a member of the current IMI/SI/CCA Mixed Mode Task Force looking at innovative ways to expand the use of mediation techniques.
Jane actively promotes mediation and regularly speaks on the subject in a number of jurisdictions. Most recently, Jane chaired a mediation session on effective negotiation at the Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration conference in November 2017. In 2014, Jane co-chaired an IP mediation panel session at the annual IBA Conference in Tokyo; and presented a session on mediation techniques, role playing and techniques for breaking stalemates at the Intellectual Property Mediation Conference in Alicante. Jane also co-wrote a chapter for the latest mediation handbook authored by David Richbell as well as authored the mediation section of the IP arbitration book by Trevor Cook for WIPO. Further details of Jane’s publications and speaking accolades are listed below.
Banking & Finance
- Breach of mandate disputes.
- Consortium disputes where there are multi-party banks involved and disputes arise out of priorities on loan repayment distributions.
- Dispute between 2 large IFA businesses.
- Joint venture disputes between two large multinationals with regard to investments in the Indian market.
- Finance projects where the bank or insurer has acted as the lost payee under an insurance policy backing a project which then fails.
- Breaches of compliance rules and FSA regulations.
- Breaches of contracts/contract interpretation.
- Misrepresentation/failure to disclose.
- Breaches of confidentiality and fiduciary duty.
- Termination/repudiation of agreements.
- Disputes regarding outstanding debts.
- Competition/Procurement: Disputes with competitor businesses.
Construction & Engineering:
- Major PPP/PPI projects in the construction industry.
- Spanish and South American development scheme dispute.
- Renewable energy joint venture in South America with Swedish counterparty.
- Spanish contractor dispute with Finish designer of water plant project.
- Asian power plant dispute with US NGO.
- African charity project with Canadian, African and UK government agencies involved.
- Manufacturing: Dispute between Korean and Egyptian car manufacturers on breach of joint venture agreement.
Corporate Fraud: Fraud investigations involving two or more jurisdictions (to include USA).
Employment & Workplace
- Dispute between HR Director and Union regarding negotiation behaviour and potential defamation allegations.
- Dispute with unions and large construction site mediated with 4 parties: individual, union, contractor and insurer.
Energy & Natural Resources
- Water project dispute in Asia.
- Defence and energy dispute in Middle East.
- Energy dispute between African and Russian entities.
- Dispute regarding drilling licences in Africa.
- Mediation following fall out between engineering company and contractor following investigation into explosion at mining installation.
ICT: Information, Communication & Technology
- Breach of contract. Acting for the supplier and customer on turn-key projects as well as design only and/or maintenance only projects in the telecommunications and IT sectors.
- Regulatory disputes involving licence fees.
- Professional negligence against other professionals to include solicitors and accountants and IT/Telecoms experts.
- UCTA case for communications parties to include allegations of EU dominant position in the market.
- Software licence disputes and the valid transfer of software licences.
- Disputes on IT Telecoms projects where disputes have arisen over failed milestones and breach of contract/negligence actions for not fit for purpose systems.
- International project disputes to include multi jurisdiction and cross cultural issues within Europe.
- International, Turkish and Asian communication projects dispute.
- Acted for a manufacturer on a product liability case where there were allegations of negligence in the process.
- Acted for a semiconductor business on a Joint venture fall out involving allegations of breach of contract.
- Acted for 2 large IT conglomerates where there were allegations of process chain issues involving a semiconductor business.
- Copyright and licensing disputes in the publishing, telecoms and IT industries.
- Media IP/IPR disputes.
- Banking disputes which involve the security taken over IPR rights.
Media & Entertainment
- Film finance disputes to include distributor disputes and producer/financier disputes.
- Celebrity investment dispute in Formula One project.
- Various disputes in relation to solicitor, accountant, surveyor and specialist expert negligence.
- Medical practice disputes to involve professional negligence and partnership law issues.
- Architects negligence.
- Patent agents negligence.
- Claim against film solicitors who had incorrectly protected their client’s position.
- Dispute between entrepreneur of multi businesses and accountants and advice given re dividend ability.
Reputation Management: Defamation actions to include breach of confidence within media and publishing industries as well as corporate defamation actions.
Other Dispute Resolution Experience
- Early neutral evaluation, arbitration, expert determination.
- Part of MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives) faculty authorised provider for CIArb Mediation Training Courses.
- Series of training for the International teams of Bird & Bird on cross cultural mediation and dispute resolution.
- Government and Local Authority training for mediation.
Jane has a very proactive mediation style. Whilst Jane is flexible with her approach, depending on the client need for facilitation or evaluation, external feedback for Jane states that she is “determined to explore every possible option rather than give up and is good on coming up with ideas and reality testing existing positions”. Other external referees have said “Jane mixes a tenacious and involved style with a warm personality that brings all the parties together”. Finally the popular accolade Jane has received is that “despite being a lawyer she is good at steering clear of the law during mediations and ensuring that commercial interests are best served”.
- “Highly constructive and added greatly to the process.”… “Good rapport with the principals.”
- “Obviously a very good lawyer, excellent interpersonal skills, a really warm and likeable person – a great asset to the mediation community.”
- “She was excellent. She worked hard with us and built rapport well with our client. I would be happy to use her again in the future.”
- “We were very pleased with Jane and will be happy to work with her again.”
- “I was very impressed by Jane. She had a very quick grasp of all the key legal issues and was very familiar with all of the points so as to ensure that all parties could make as good a use of the time available as possible.”
- “Her manner and style was also good - calm and understanding of the clients' concerns but firm and in control at all times. My clients were also impressed.”
- “Jane’s manner helped us persuade well-meaning but ill-advised defendants that a mediated resolution was a good result for them.”
- “We were very impressed by Jane. She is very personable and conciliatory. She is a good listener.”
- “She did a good job in helping the parties see where they could settle.”
- “Her ability to identify common ground and to debate and challenge ideas was excellent and she was key in achieving the settlement.”
- “Jane is not afraid to get stuck in and work with the parties towards a settlement.”
- “Jane mixes a tenacious and involved style with a warm personality that brings all the parties together. She is excellent at rapport building.”
- “I have absolute confidence in recommending Jane.”
- “She was able to retain the confidence of our client in the mediation process in difficult circumstances.”
Jane is a Dispute Resolution partner based in the London office of King & Spalding International LLP. Prior to joining King & Spalding in April 2012, Jane was co-head Head of International Dispute Resolution at the London law firm Bird & Bird, which she joined in November 2002. Before that she spent 10 years with DLA (the last 6 as Head of London Disputes) and 7 years with Turner Kenneth Brown having qualified as a solicitor in 1987. Jane has purposely kept her litigation practice wide as she enjoys the variety of content for her dispute resolution skills. Jane finds that these skills combined with the management skills that she has built up over 15 years of management in two law firms helps her to focus parties on end results rather than dwelling on what has already happened. Jane has mediated in time limited mediations as well as 2/3 day mediations where stamina and persistence are required.
Membership of Professional Organisations
- Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Direct Access Panel
- Member of International Mediation Institute
- Member of the Business Woman of the Year Group
- Active member of CBI
- MATA Advanced Mediator Certificate
- Member of IBA
- Member of the Follet Group (senior females mediators group)
Jane speaks French, Spanish and Italian to varying degrees.
Updated: April 2018