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"The 'first-class' Patrick Walker offers 'everything you want from a mediator', attracting praise for his 'user-friendly and flexible style' and ability to 'secure the confidence of even the most difficult clients'. His 'calm and thoughtful manner allows him to reach intelligent solutions' and 'maintain good relationships with all parties, while testing their respective cases with firmness and a good grasp of the facts". 1st CATEGORY RANKING

 

- Legal 500 2015

 "Patrick Walker 'earns the badge of being absolutely first-class'. 'He has a vast amount of energy and stamina', and sits as a deputy high court judge:'his gravitas and experience on the bench is particularly useful'. He is also quick to'recognise the strengths and weaknesses of the respective parties ' cases', and 'remains good-humoured, yet pushes parties towards settlement.' He is also considered a 'top-pick mediator for commercial property disputes'." 1ST CATEGORY RANKING
- Legal 500
"Patrick Walker receives equal acclaim for his expertise in commercial and legal issues, and for his deft, understated client handling. He is active in areas including partnership disputes, property, probate and employment, and sources comment that 'he's very proactive in helping guide the parties to a position where they could settle."
- Chambers Directory 2015
Highly regarded mediator Patrick Walker garners praise from market sources for being "very measured, experienced" and "thoroughly prepared." He acts as mediator on a broad range of disputes, with recent experience including property, professional negligence, shareholder, construction and commercial contract claims. One impressed source comments: "From early in the day, he is very much focused on trying to find the leverage to get the settlement."
- 1st CATEGORY RANKING  Chambers Directory 2016

Recent Feedback

 

 

" was really not expecting our mediation to be such an easy experience. The process was so streamline and with very little stress. I don't think we would ever have got to this point of settlement without the help of Patrick and would absolutely advise anyone to look at the mediation process as early as possible. Not normally a testimonial type person but would definitely give 10/10 for our experience 5/5" 2nd August 2017

" Patrick's skills and experience were particularly suited to facilitating settlement of this potentially complex dispute. 5/5" 23rd August 2017

" Adept at putting clients at ease while facilitating focus on the key issues. An excellent mediator who we would use whenever possible. 5/5" 15th June 2017

" Excellent. Achieved settlement in a bitter, complex case with a divided family. Professional and painstaking from the first to last. 5/5" 16th May 2017

" Patrick's obvious emotional intelligence allows him to keep the parties engaged whilst at the same time testing the issues to really move matters on. He has a range of techniques which he uses both to encourage parties to see their cases from a different perspective and at the same time to encourage the parties to bridge the gap. He is incredibly creative and effective. When so many mediators simply go through the motions I have found Patrick's approach to be so much more effective in bringing the parties to a position where it is possible to achieve settlement. Outstanding. 5/5" 26th April 2017

" Patrick managed to "crack" a very difficult case involving multiple parties some with very difficult personalities and initial reluctance to engage in ADR let alone settle. Well done Patrick as without your assistance, expert guidance and playing "devil's advocate" this case would not have settled at mediation. 5/5" 28th April 2017

" I was impressed with how quickly Patrick grasped the key issues. He was also very calm and patient. 5/5" 26th April 2017

" Good understanding of the important legal and emotive points of each party. Clearly read the papers well. Was firm but fair with my client and therefore presumably with the opponent. 5/5" 11th April 2017

" Very good rapport established with both clients in an emotionally charged family partnership dispute. Although a settlement was not reached very good progress was made with the gap narrowing significantly. 5/5" 30th March 2017

"The Mediator's 'bedside manor' and how he dealt with the parties was excellent, being firm when he needed to be and empathetic in equal measure. 5/5" 7th March 2017

"Patrick was very approachable, instantly built a good rapport with clients and gave his 100 per cent throughout the day in finding a resolution which was acceptable to my client.. The case was particularly difficult as the evidence dated back some years, proceedings issued just within limitation and the claimants unable to prove large parts of its case due to the passage of time. The defendant a well known PLC had engaged London Solicitors and Counsel took an extremely aggressive stance right from the outset and attempted to have "a trial by mediation". Patrick with his legal knowledge, background and judicial experience was able to handle the opposition very well and managed each parties expectations. The parties were brought together only when required as Patrick was able to read the delicate nature of the case recognising the risk that the wrong tactic may result in the disengagement of one of the parties. A settlement was expected to be difficult at the outset but with Patricks perseverance, cool head, and expert direction a final settlement was achieved within a reasonable time – all within the business day. Thank you Patrick. 5/5" 20th February 2017

"Patrick was very well prepared for the (2 day) mediation with a good grasp of the various complex issues at the start of day 1. Patrick conducted the mediation with skill, gravitas and good humour and used an appropriate amount of 'stress-testing' of the parties' respective arguments in order to put a structure around what a settlement would look like and to help bring the parties closer together. Whilst a settlement was not achieved at mediation, the process was nonetheless very constructive and at the very least has opened a door to the possibility of a resolution after 7 years of embattled litigation. 5/5" 1st February 2017

"Patrick worked hard to get traction in negotiations between parties with initial entrenched positions. He is always professional, well prepared and quickly grasps the issues and dynamics of the day. He is a pleasure to work with. I was particularly impressed with his willingness to get involved in negotiations following the mediation. 5/5" 19th January 2017

"Patrick is a first class mediator with numerous skills and attributes that made the day go very smoothly. He was not afraid to press us and get us to think differently at times and was a good referee when matters became heated. He commanded respect from the parties and was sympathetic when needed. Would definitely recommend" 5/5" 28th November 2016

"Very skilled and helped to achieve an excellent result for both parties. 5/5" 14th November 2016

"Very calm able facilitator. 5/5" 27th September 2016

A great flexible approach to the day which allowed the legal representatives to meet in the early course (without clients) in the interests of moving forward with some of the main issues in dispute. Particularly helpful at 'reality checking' the client...It was also clear at the outset of the day that Patrick had carefully read through the mediation bundle and has quickly grasped the issues to include the likely settlement options for the parties. This was of great assistance in ensuring focus was not lost during the day on discussing settlement options that were neither realistic nor feasible. 5/5" 27th September 2016

"My no 1 mediator in the country for heavyweight property disputes. Client feedback (from a client who doesn't give praise lightly); 'I thought the Mediator was at the very least a good few blocks ahead of the previous one, a nice guy who got it very quickly. Certainly a man to use again.' 5/5" 6th September 2016

"Patrick had a relaxed by focused style and quickly put clients at ease. His approach is flexible and encourages different methods of narrowing the issues and identifying common ground. Was also helpful at the drafting stage. 5/5" 22nd June 2016

"Very impressed with Mr. Walker. He made our clients feel at ease, and we settled in circumstances that seemed impossible! 5/5" 12th May 2016

"Patrick is one of the best mediators in this part of the world. His relaxed yet composed style and depth of knowledge makes him an outstanding mediator. 5/5" 19th April 2016

"Patrick's calming influence and grasp of key issues helped focus the minds of participants leading to a mediated settlement on a difficult case with which both parties could live. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending Patrick for the future. 5/5" 30th March 2016

"Handled a very difficult situation well. Very pleased to have him involved. He assisted in all aspects of getting the situation resolved. 5/5" 30th March 2016"

"Mr. Walker's input was instrumental to an agreement being reached in difficult and acrimonius circumstances. 5/5" 4th February 2016

"Patrick was first rate. He was the right choice for this type of dispute and has the expertise and gravitas to control and manage the parties. He is very good at identifying the key issues and getting the parties to focus on them. He brings a crucial objectivity that helps the parties really test the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases, which in this case allowed the parties to move from their entrenched positions to reach an agreement that did not look possible at the start of the day. 5/5" 27th January 2016

"Everyone agreed that the mediator did a great job explaining the mediation process and then enabling the parties to reach an agreed settlement, without forcing the parties to meet or do anything that they felt uncomfortable with. Some mediators can be too forceful with regard to how they think the mediation should run and a lot of the time this would involve the parties meeting face to face at some point during the mediation. However, my client, for personal reasons, really didn't want to meet the Claimant and no pressure for her to do anything that she didn't feel comfortable with was brought to bear on her by the mediator. Overall we were extremely pleased with the mediator and his approach from start to finish. 5/5" 25th January 2016

"Patrick worked hard to help the parties reach a deal in a difficult and unpredictable mediation. There is no way this would have settled on these terms (if at al) without his involvement. Patrick rolls up his sleeves is well prepared and offers valuable, sensible and, timely input. I like that he gets involved in discussions about the settlement agreement. I would definitely instruct and recommend Patrick in future. 4/5" 9th November 2015

"As ever - brilliant. Job sorted. What else can one say? 5/5" 9th November 2015

"Patrick was an excellent choice of mediator. He worked hard with each party, testing their case and playing devil's advocate. He shuttled tirelessly between the parties' rooms and ultimately assisted us in achieving a sensible settlement. 5/5." 29th October 2015

"Tested the client's position without being too pushy. Successfully diffused tension between the parties during the session and helped to achieve a positive settlement. 5/5." 29th September 2015

"I particularly want to say how expertly you fulfilled your role on the 17th. You were immensely clear and, while maintaining essential neutrality, showed a benign and sympathetic courtesy which made what could have been an intimidating or unpleasant affair entirely civilised and affable: I am tempted to say 'enjoyable'! Thank you so much for the difficult part you played in brokering a solution. It is certainly one I can live with and bestows freedom from an obstacle that has taken up far too much of my life already." 17th September 2015.

"Excellent mediator. His legal knowledge helped immensely in case with complex issues surrounding suppersession and diminution in value. Although the mediation was unsuccessful on the day the process was very helpful to both sides and helped to narrow the issues between the parties. The case then settled two months later. Highly recommend. 4/5." 17th June 2015 

"Patrick helped the parties achieve a good settlement in respect of a difficult dispute 5/5." 30th April 2015

An excellent mediator - the best I have come across. I thought the chances of an agreement were very low but the mediation succeeded. My clients were impressed. 5/5". 31st March 2015

"I was really impressed with how quickly you got to grip with the issues and the deftness with which you maintained momentum throughout the day 5/5." 11th February 2015

"Patrick showed he remains a first-class mediator and our firm's go-to mediator. A strong intellect balanced with characteristic gravitas (and good humour) allowed a long-running dispute to be settled following a one-day mediation. Patrick was client friendly with an ability to distil a case to its essence quickly. Patrick showed complete mastery of the facts and issues involved. 5.5" 28th January 2015

"I was extremely impressed with Patrick's style and manner. His understanding of the issues was superb, and knew how to focus each party on the main issues to effect a settlement with the other side. 5/5" 27th January 2015

"Patrick was a friendly and very effective mediator and secured the resolution of a very tricky case. 4/5” 27th January 2015

We have used Patrick previously and always been impressed. We wil certainly instruct him again on appropriate matters. His vast experience as a Barrister and a Judge is undoubtedly of benefit. Whilst this matter did not settle at the mediation, this is in no way a reflection on Patrick, who worked tirelessly in pursuit of a resolution." 22nd October 2014

"Very effective, knowledgeable and well prepared. 5/5" 24th September 2014

"We thought that Patrick was very good indeed. He had an easy going and relaxed manner about him which encouraged dialogue but he was not afraid to challenge the parties on their position either privately or in open forum. He brought a sense of realism to the proceedings very quickly. Our clients have said that they would not hesitate to recommend Patrick and indeed they did so within a week of the mediation. 5/5" 28th August 2014

"Patrick was very good. He has an easy/approachable manner, which helps put clients at ease. He was quite open about wanting to 'test' the strength of the parties' positions and in doing so our clients felt that he was putting our arguments across to the other side as best he could. He did not give the impression that he was pushing for a settlement "at any cost". 4/5 14th July 2014

"Well managed mediation: I always felt the matter was moving forward as quickly as it could - and heads of terms were agreed in a difficult case. 5/5" 14th July 2014

"Mr. Walker was a re-assuring presence in a difficult situation. His calm but considered approach helped enormously. I also appreciated his post mediation assistance in facilitating negotiations. 5/5" 26th June 2014

"Mediator was excellent. Challenged throughout robustly. Just what the case required. Never gave up. 5/5" 5th June 2014

"Very impressed. Incisive and properly challenging within his ambit. 4/5" 4th June 2014

"Very effective and personable. Had fully briefed himself. The way in which he approached the mediation didn't have the feel of a standardised process but one where the Mediator had thought about the dynamics of the parties. One of the easiest mediations I have had. 5/5" 3rd June 2014

"I wasn't in the other side's room but I have no doubt your skills were crucial in securing the settlement reached. You are up there with the best I have used and I would certainly use you again." 5/5" 19th May 2014

"Very good. Extremely able and professional throughout. 5/5" 16th April 2014

"I found the mediator to be very personable and was impressed by his professionalism. I thought evidently he showcased skill and experience in knowing when to deploy the various strategies available. 4/5" 16th April 2014

"I found Patrick Walker to be an ideal choice of mediator. I have done a number of these mediations and the style and character of mediators varies enormously. I believe and so did the clients that Patrick brough a significant amount of charm, considered assertiveness and focussed persuasion to the event which led to a satisfactory result in what had been a somewhat acrimonious case. 5/5" 4th December 2013

"I thought it was a faultless service. Your calm and considered approach certainly set the right tone for the mediation. I thought you tested the arguments in a manner that was both respectful and thought provoking. Importantly, I also thought you gave the parties sufficient opportunity to consider their own positions and how they wanted to proceed, rather than rail-roading them into a particular course of action. 5/5" 4th December 2013

"As always, excellent. Knowledgeable, personable and authoritative. 5/5" 20th November 2013

"Excellent. Really impressed with the way in which the legal issues were identified quickly, and Patrick's ability to ensure parties faced up to the strengths of the other party's position. 5/5" 20th November 2013

"We found Patrick Walker to be very experienced, approachable, professional and flexible. He explained both his approach and the nature of the mediation to our clients both at the beginning and throughout.. 4/5" 21st October 2013

"Pro-active, patient and very client friendly. Patrick effortlessly navigated problematic legal and long-standing emotional issues, and helped to facilitate an unanticipated rapprochement between the parties and a practical workable settlement. 5/5" 2nd July 2013

"Has a great bedside manner in terms of putting clients at ease and explaining his role and the mediation process. The key to a good mediator is to quickly identify the real battleground and then to work the parties toward a truce whilst navigating around the potential deal breaking minefields. Patrick has a genuine skill in being able to achieve this. 5/5" 20th March 2013

"Patrick drove negotiations from early in the day and made good decisions about how the day was structured. He was also excellent with the clients and supportive to the solicitors throughout. 5/5" 19th March 2013

"Patrick is easy to deal with and capable of challenging the parties' positions whilst proactively engineering a settlement. Patrick has a good manner with clients. 5/5" 19th March 2013

Administration feedback

"Straightforward. No fuss and transparent fees."

"The mediator's administration of the mediation was uncomplicated and very straight forward. Everyone knew what they had to do and when they had to do it by."

"Very hands on".

"Highly professional."

"Good communication and housekeeping ran absolutely smoothly."

"The administration was excellent with the mediation being set up at very short notice."

"Very good."

"Excellent"

"The mediation agreement was well drafted and easy for the clients to understand. Patrick usefully telephoned me to discuss his approach the day before."

"Good administration and clear communication prior to the mediation."

"Patrick was easily contactable prior to the mediation to make arrangements, and was flexible with dates and timings."

"Very organised."

"Administration was smooth. Patrick was very flexible in relation to documents and preparatory work. This helped to give the mediation a good start."

"Very efficient."

"Slick."

 

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Patrick Walker
Tel: 07912 888851
patrick.walker@imediate.co.uk
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