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“Practical” “Robust” “Calming and charming”
“worked incredibly hard”
“He kept us well focused.” - Client Feedback
Practising Mediator Patrick Taylor has conducted over 60 mediations and advocated in a similar number for his own clients. His experience began in the 1990’s as a lawyer when resolving disputes for his own clients using the mediation process. Over the last fifteen years Patrick has gained considerable experience as a mediator. The types of dispute on which he has mediated are very varied but are mainly business to business agreements, professional liability / insurance and property and inheritance / trust cases.
Patrick is a qualified civil and commercial litigation solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in assisting clients resolve disputes. He has been recognised for his expertise in Commercial Litigation in the The Legal 500 with particular emphasis upon his strength in mediation.
Patrick qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and was a Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Bridge McFarland until 2011 when he started his own law firm. In October 2015 Patrick increased his focus on mediation by merging his litigation practice with another local practice. Patrick is now a part time Consultant Solicitor and focusses his attention on providing mediation services. He acts for private individuals, limited companies and plc’s in a wide range of commercial litigation with particular emphasis on professional liability, insurance, commercial contract disputes, construction law and matters involving the law of agency, particularly with an international flavour. Patrick has acted in a number of disputes touching upon the Commercial Agents Regulations and has considerable experience in litigating matters involving the fertiliser industry. He has acted for a national airline company and in disputes with values in excess of £5,000,000.
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The law of Agent and Principal frequently arises in commercial disputes that Patrick handles as a lawyer. He has considerable experience in the pervasive law of agent and principal (for example, in the context of partnership) and also representing agents and principals in disputes during or at the conclusion of an agency relationship.
- Agent entitlements under the Commercial Agent's Regulations.
- Disputes between Agents and Principal involving arbitration clauses, applicable law and jurisdiction difficulties.
- Claims for relief under the Commercial Agents regulations involving an agent and his principal based overseas.
- Claim by Agent for commission based upon chartering specialist sea going working vessel.
- Claims for “finders fees” by land agents.
- Significant claim for damages for defamation against a professional organisation.
Banking & Finance
- Patrick has acted in many cases involving consumer credit claims and commercial lending.
- Monies due under commercial finance agreement.
- Three party dispute involving advice by an IFA as to an unregulated scheme and liability of the network for acts of the IFA.
- Claim by finance company against motor dealership for release of commercial vehicle to wrong customer and subsequent recovery of losses (settled in half a day).
- Breakdown of joint venture for manufacturing.
- Monies due for artistic work.
- Commercial Finance.
- Joint Venture Breakdown.
- Commercial Vehicle finance and liability of supplier for losses of creditor for mistake in delivery of vehicle.
- Dispute over the sale of a houseboat including allegations of misrepresentation.
- Agreement over unpaid fees by academic for research project.
- Dispute over unpaid charges for telecoms contract partly arising from fraudulent use by unknown third party.
Construction & Engineering
Patrick has over 20 years’ experience of litigating building and construction disputes for contractors and employers including claims for monies arising under contracts, loss and expense, prolongation and damages. Patrick is a Panel Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
- Disputes as to monies due under both commercial building contracts between Employer and Main Contractor – Main Contractor and Sub-Contractor involving valuation of works done and also defective work.
- Disputes between residential property owner and contractors.
- Dispute as to Renovation and project management of a former Chapel.
- Claim by plasterer for unpaid retention monies on various contracts.
Employment & Workplace
- Enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment contract.
- Claim by former employer against former employee in niche market for damages following alleged use of confidential information post termination and breach of post termination covenants.
Insurance: Patrick represents claimant's facing rejection of claims under policies of insurance and has experience of claims arising from total loss and business interruption across all sectors. Patrick has acted on a number of claims against Insurance Brokers for breach of duty – often associated with claims under the Policy.
Partnership & Shareholder
- Company Shareholder Disputes.
- Partnerships (esp. Professional partnerships) Patrick is a Panel Member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme.
- Dispute between former partners of a GP practice following departure of one of the partners.
- Claims against Solicitors, Accountants, Tax Advisors, agronomists, Insurance brokers, IFA’s.
- Acting for numerous private individuals and businesses in bringing claims against their professional advisors to recover losses as a result of negligence. Patrick has worked on claims against solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers, agronomists, accountants, and architects.
- Three party dispute involving advice by an IFA as to an unregulated scheme and liability of the network for the IFA.
- Architects Fees dispute.
- Claim for unpaid fees by agronomist and counterclaim by farmer for damages for failure to adequately control black grass in wheat crop.
- Claim for damages following negligent agronomy services causing inadequate crop growth and serious black grass infestation.
- Commission due to selling agents under Commercial Agents Regulations and by “finders”
- Compensation following compulsory purchase.
- Multiple TLATA claims, particularly following the breakdown of cohabiting couples.
- Boundary Disputes
- Property disputes including Party Wall Act provisions and Access to Neighbouring Land Act.
- Adverse possession and interpretation of title.
Trusts, Wills & Probate
Inheritance and Financial Provision:Patrick has mediated many cases involving the financial issues following death including claims under the Inheritance Act, validity of wills, trusts and associated estoppel type claims.
- Substantive and long standing Will Trust case concerning agricultural property. The dispute had been running for many years. Settled following a lengthy mediation including attendance by Land Agents.
Patrick is highly practical and “commercial”, whilst carefully handling the personal and emotive issues arising in mediation. He is relaxed and knows when to apply the pressure.
Patrick also has a good working knowledge of legal costs and funding which frequently arise in mediations and can be key to settlement.
- “Patrick really helped secure settlement through our last mediation. He was not afraid to get stuck into some detail. It seems his years as a solicitor dealing with tricky commercial cases have borne fruit. He has a good eye for getting things resolved.”
- Dr Ronan Champion, Director, Champion Pearce LLP
- “Patrick is innovative in his use of mediation tactics to break the deadlock in difficult negotiations. He seems to care more than many mediators about achieving a result, and he goes beyond the call of duty in following up post-mediation to see if there is anything else that can be done to bring about a settlement.”
- Chris Corney, Partner, Carter lemon Camerons LLP
- “I have been involved with several mediations where Patrick Taylor was appointed as mediator. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others. He listens to the parties with patience and understanding and is very good at gaining each party’s trust –not an easy task as mediation is invariably a stressful experience for clients. He also has an open mind and a creative approach. He genuinely will stay as long as it takes to get a deal.”
- Karen Bower-Brown, Partner Sills & Betteridge
- ”He had prepared well and had a confident approach.”
- “We were very impressed with Patrick, he was very calm and did extremely well throughout the day. He asked questions thoughtfully and listened well.”
- “The mediator worked incredibly hard throughout the day and he was creative in his suggestions and thoughts on how to move the process forward.”
- “Patrick was an excellent mediator, very calming and charming, yet determined. He kept us well focused.”
- “I would recommend him to anyone.”
Feedback – Directories
- “The team... includes Patrick Taylor, who has a broad contentious practice and particular strength in mediation..”
- The Legal 500, Guide to the Legal Profession
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Member of the Society of Construction Law
- Lincolnshire Law Society
- Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
- Panel Member of the Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme
- Mediation Panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Association of Midlands Mediators
- Lincolnshire Law Society Committee Member
Updated: October 2015