I am a barrister with chambers in Exeter and Bristol, but appearing throughout England and Wales. I specialise in civil litigation (particularly personal injury) and employment. My caseload is fairly evenly balanced between claimant and defendant/respondent. Before being called to the bar in 2005, I was a solicitor. I believe this experience helps me to see the commercial realities of litigation. I have always believed that mediation has an important role to play in any dispute. Apart from the lawyers, few benefit from a contested trial, even if “successful”. If there is scope for a deal which everyone can live with, it makes sense to take it. I am happy to conduct mediations in person or remotely.