Dispute Resolution is a way of an alternative to the uncertainty of court proceedings and litigation.  It is a way of managing litigation, stress and delay. The benefits that it can offer are that it is faster than litigation as thing are able to get moving in weeks not months, its flexible with less formalities and above all its very cost effective.

Whether its adjudication, arbitration, mediation, expert neutral evaluation or a combination of these, No.18  Chamber barristers have the skills and experience to maximise the chances of a positive result.

  • Round Table Meetings/Joint Settlement Meetings
  • Single Joint Experts
  • Expert determination
  • Mediation

There are two members of Chambers who are qualified mediators: Ashley Ailes (Call: 1975); and Shannon Revel (Call: 2014)

  • Private FDR

For further information on those areas listed above, please contact our clerks.



Mediation is a cost effective and constructive alternative to litigation.

The advantages of mediation include:

Allowing Parties control over their dispute
A mediation agreement is a cost effective way to settle a dispute
They can be enforceable when converted into a consent order

The key requirement as to whether a dispute is suitable for mediation is the positive mind set of the parties to find an agreement.

Mediation involves the parties agreeing a qualified mediator at any point prior to or during legal proceedings and when successful negates the need for any party to attend court avoiding any further delay or cost.

There are two qualified mediators in Chambers, who are able to act as an impartial, qualified expert to suggest ways forward to resolving the dispute.

No.18 Resolution are able to provide a full range of mediation services in: commercial, civil, property, employment, inheritance, family and personal injury disputes.

We have a clearly defined fee structure, based on the duration of the mediation. The Mediator’s fee will normally include reading time and will always include a short telephone call to both parties before the actual mediation so that arrangements for documents and attendances can be agreed.

Our experienced clerks are familiar with the process of Mediation and you will find them very helpful in negotiating details between the parties as to the practical arrangements which will be required.

How does mediation work?

Mediation is an informal process, but is not without its rules. Importantly, the process is entirely confidential (save in exceptional cases, where there are allegations of fraud).   

The role of the Mediator is to guide the parties towards a settlement. This does not necessarily mean "splitting the difference" or triangulation; and certainly does not mean forcing them into a settlement. Mediators often ask questions designed to assist the parties better to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases. In some instances, mediation offers parties an opportunity to agree an outcome which may not ordinarily be available through the Courts.   


Can I be represented at a Mediation?

No.18 is able to offer barrister representation at mediations.  Each member of Chambers is entirely independent.

For further details please call our experienced clerks on 023 8073 6812