Stephen’s ability to gain the confidence of the parties to a dispute and to maintain a balanced, common sense approach to the process enables him to be a successful mediator. He qualified as a mediator in January 2006 since when he has undertaken a number of mediations relating to both commercial and property disputes. The experience which Stephen gained as a partner in a law firm for thirty years including twelve years in key managerial positions has equipped him with the skills required to mediate very effectively.
Professional BackgroundAs a graduate of University College London, Stephen subsequently spent his entire career from trainee to partner with the firm now known as Cobbetts LLP involved in all aspects of commercial property. He was the firm’s first Managing Partner from 1990 to 1996 and the Senior Partner from 1999 to 2005.
"Stephen brought to bear his qualities as a Mediator in promptly identifying the essence of a protracted dispute, locating the areas of common ground and facilitating an agreement that contained much greater flexibility than the limitations of a court-imposed solution. Both parties were pleased with the result which practically resolved years of acrimony. We would not hesitate to endorse his appointment as Mediator".
“Mr White identified the issues quickly and was able to produce a creative solution to a bitter dispute that seemed irresolvable prior to his input and skilled guidance”
Other ExperienceStephen was Chairman of pro.manchester – an organisation representing the interests of member firms in the financial and professional sector – from 2006 to 2007 and a board member until 2010. He is Chairman of the board of trustees of Disabled Living, one of the oldest charities in Manchester, and is an independent member of the Audit Committee of Assessment and Qualifications Alliance. He is also a Consultant with Quilter & Co. Limited.
Panel MembershipsStephen is an ADR Group Panel Member and is a member of the Association of Northern Mediators and of the Manchester Mediation Panel.
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|Date||Nature of dispute||Outcome|
|23 January 2012||Commercial contract||Settled|
|9 February 2011||Landlord and tenant||Settled|
|21 December 2010||Business sale||Settled|
|28 April 2010||Employment||Did Not Settle|
|10 November 2009||Partnership Dispute||Settled|
|29 June 2009||Neighbour dispute||Settled|
|16 February 2009||Landlord and tenant||Did Not Settle|
|22 October 2008||Building dispute||Did Not Settle|
|17 September 2008||Property||Settled|
|2 June 2008||Neighbour dispute||Settled|
|15 February 2008||Commercial agency||Did Not Settle|
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Certificate on file
10 October 2013
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Mediation Training Provider:
Date Qualified as Mediator:
28 September 2005
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|E.U. Code of conduct||Checked|
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