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Enrolling on the CEDR Solve direct panel are:

- former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf,
- former Court of Appeal Judge, Sir Henry Brooke,
- and top Australian Mediator, Alan Limbury

Some of the most senior figures in dispute resolution have been announced today as part of the CEDR Solve Direct panel, a group of 36 mediators who are booked directly through CEDR. The members of this group are also members of the 135-strong CEDR Solve Select Panel that are put forward when clients seek recommendations.

The not-for-profit Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution launched CEDR Solve Direct just over six months ago for clients who know the mediator they want and do not require the mediator nominations service.

This announcement follows news in January this year that Francis Neate of Kirkland and Ellis International, who had just stepped down as President of the International Bar Association, along with transatlantic insurance expert, Mike Holland, had joined the CEDR Solve Direct panel.

Commenting on the news, CEDR’s Chief Executive of Karl Mackie: "To date the Direct service has been more successful than CEDR anticipated, which indicates that it was right for CEDR to respond to the element of the legal market requiring direct access to mediators. It is a testimony to the importance of mediation to civil justice that such eminent figures want to be part of our direct service. Indeed both Lord Woolf and Sir Henry Brooke have indicated that they would be happy to mediate cases of all types and values."

Lord Woolf and Sir Henry Brook have been accredited as mediators in the last few years. Alan Limbury, qualified as a barrister in England and practised law for 32 years in major Sydney firms before establishing a full-time international mediation and arbitration practice.

Lord Woolf is also on the CEDR Solve panel of Distinguished Third-Party Neutrals for major business and public sector disputes, along with former Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd, former Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine, former Law Lord Lord Griffiths, former judge of the European Council of Justice Sir David Edward and former appeal court judge Sir Brian Neill.


Notes to Editors:

The CEDR Solve Direct mediators are Heather Allen, Tony Allen, Ronald Bradbeer, Sir Henry Brook, Richard Butler, Christopher Butterworth, Duncan Campbell, Eileen Carroll, Fiona Colquhoun, Deborah David, John Fordham, Neil Goodrum, Andy Grossman, Nicholas Gould, Tim Hardy, Ruth Holyoak, Terry Jones, Gerard Khoshnaw, Alan Limbury, Karl Mackie, John Madden, Graham Massie, Mark Mattison, Frances Maynard, Danny McFadden, Francis Neate, Chris Newmark, Nick Pearson, Anthony Pugh-Thomas, Colin Russ, Patrick Sherrington, Robert M Smith, James South and Lord Woolf.

CEDR Solve, the UK's leading commercial mediation provider, is CEDR's dispute resolution and prevention service and has managed over 13,000 dispute enquiries covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values. Case studies are available on CEDR Solve's website -

CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard.

For further information please contact:

Andy Rogers, CEDR,
Telephone: +44(0)20 7536 6000

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