Roger was a very experienced Solicitor specialising in litigation, from qualifying until his recent retirement ,and dealing with a wide range of different types of dispute. Over the years he has seen so many disputes settle at the door of the Court or at the last minute. As a result he believes that early settlement is nearly always better than a prolonged dispute. Rarely does either person or company involved in a dispute achieve a better result at trial than would have been achieved by earlier discussion or mediation.
It seems that people become obsessed with the “bottom line” and ignore at their peril the advantages of bringing a dispute to an end so that they can get on with their lives or their businesses. People who have a dispute under-estimate the effect of that dispute on their business life, home life and general well being. Roger believes that his experience and skill can facilitate disputing people to find solutions which satisfy both of them.
The types of dispute with which Roger feels confident to facilitate a solution include:- Wills and InheritanceCommercial contractsDisputes between business partners, company directors or shareholdersProfessional negligencePersonal injury and clinical negligenceProperty disputes including boundary disputesEmployment and workplace disputesBuilding contracts and construction Roger in based in Kendal but is happy to travel throughout the North and North Midlands.
A dispute between a brother and sister and theirother sister who, as their mother's attorney, allegedly squandered much of the mother's money on items for her own benefit
A Mediation of a claim for transfer of property occupied by the mother-in-law of the legal owner against the owner based on equitable estoppel.
A Mediation of a claim for Rectification of a Will and/or Inhertance Act maintannce by the "adopted" daughter of a deceased business man.
A Mediation of a dispute between a retiring partner and the continuing partners of a professional practice. As legal representative of a company disputing with a building contractor over a major failure in a large construction contract.
A Mediation of a dispute between a brother and sister (and their partners!) which had festered for over 20 years.
A Mediation of a dispute between two very hard-headed businessmen over the validity and effect of a service contract.
Mediation of an Inheritance Act claim by cohabitee of the deceased involving the deceased's wife and children
Academic and career background: An Oxford Graduate who qualified as a Solicitor in 1971 with distinctions in two of the papers in the Law Society’s final examination. He moved from Chester to Kendal in 1977 and was the Senior Partner of his firm from 1989 until 2012. Now available for Mediaitons whenever needed. Always a litigation specialist he has experience in personal injury for both Claimants and Defendants, clinical negligence, building contract disputes, partnership disputes, property claims and contested probate.
Personal: Away from his professional life Roger plays golf, enjoys walking, cycling, food, wine and music.
Professional Associations: Civil Mediation Council,
Mediation training and experience March and April 2008 - 24 hours training with role plays and written summary with Mediator Training leading to Accreditation in May 2008May 2009 - 24 hours Mediation Training with Clerksroom leading to Accreditation on 1 July 2009July 2009 - observation, with active contribution, in Mediation of very long-running dispute as to interpreation of a will. Engaged 2 hours in preparation and 9 hours in MediationSeptember 2009 - observation with active contribution in dispute between two companiesMarch 2010 - mediation of Inheritance Act claim achieving settlement shortly before trial date26 June 2010 - full day's update training with Clerksroom