Geoffrey Brunton

Geoffrey Brunton

BA (Hons) Charcott, Kent
Membership Status: Mediator

Results and Memberships

Feedback score: 7220 League table position: 16 / 141 Total Mediations undertaken: 99 Member Level: Elite Mediator

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Profile

General Information

Elite Category Mediator

Previously Senior Mediators League Table Position (based on feedback): 1st

Previously Junior Mediators League Table Position: 1st

"The mediator and the mediation process were first class....." [8 March 2017]

“I thought Geoffrey was excellent yesterday. He was friendly but firm and pushed the parties just enough to do a deal.
I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.” 
[12 May 2016]

"...excellent mediator.."  [28 April 2015]

"This was an extremely difficult mediation and a result was achieved. I am grateful the mediator managed to keep the process going despite very serious challenges." [2 October 2014]

"Geoffrey demonstrated why he is one of the UK's leading mediators, with his preparation, sensitive handling, empathy with both parties, and appreciation of the personalities and agendas of the principal players, leading to a very satisfactory outcome."  [13 May 2014]

"Mr Brunton is exceptional as a mediator and I shall recommend him to my colleagues" [16 January 2014]

" A thoroughly professional job, handled with sensitivity and humour".  [9 January 2014]

"Geoffrey, thank you. Without your help, guidance and genuine understanding of the issues and dealing with them in a logical thorough way, it is unlikely that we would have reached an agreement".

"....... just brilliant..." [Leading Counsel (observer)]

"There were moments of sheer genius in there."

CORE SKILLS/STYLE

  • Thorough preparation
  • User friendly
  • Manages high conflict
  • Tenacious
  • Commercially astute
  • Empathetic approach to needs/motives
  • Focus on real issues
  • Proactive on options
  • Facilitates solutions

BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE

  • Solicitor 1980
  • Solicitor-Advocate 2000
  • Certified Mediator 2004
  • Certificate in Advanced Mediation 2016
  • 30+ years experience of dispute resolution: litigation/arbitration/mediation with:
    - Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh (Southampton)
    - Holman Fenwick Willan (London, EC3)
    - Stockler Brunton (London, EC4)
    - Waterson Hicks (London, EC3)
  • - Davies Battersby (London EC3)
  • Legal 500: "Outstanding" (2015); "Excellent" (2016)
  • Extensive experience as party representative at mediations

 KEY EXPERTISE

  • Contract
  • Commercial contract
  • Business disputes
  • Sale of goods
  • International trade
  • Commodities
  • Shipping
  • Carriage of goods by sea, road, rail
  • Employment
  • Professional negligence
  • Insurance
  • Marine insurance
  • Land/property
  • Joint Venture
  • Costs
  • Shareholders
  • Partnership
  • Franchises
  • Insolvency   

PROFESSIONAL BODIES/ASSOCIATIONS

SCMA - Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

The Society of Mediators 

Law Society

FEEDBACK

“....a natural mediator”

"I think you showed the patience of an extremely patient saint..."

"He was excellent, helpful, patient."

"Service provided by Mr Brunton both good value and effective"

"Many thanks for your clarity of thought and much appreciated help."

"The mediator did an excellent job and it was very impressive and professional ..." [22 July 2011]

"Thank you for your assistance on Friday on bringing the matter to a successful conclusion." [29 July 2011]

"Overall, a first class service from a first class mediator." [29 July 2011]

"Agreement was reached on this case and I think both parties were happy with the results and with the mediator Geoffrey Brunton." [15 February 2012]

"Good value."[27 April 2012]

"I write to thank you for your mediation services on 25th September 2012 conducted in Leeds.......
The mediation was for the record “The best money we spent on this litigation".......
Geoffrey, many many thanks on behalf of  [opposite party] and myself who are now signed into a term Shareholder and Trading agreement. Our businesses have benefited immensely as a result of your services." [25 September 2012]

"Thank you for your perseverance." [10 October 2012]

"Geoffrey was instrumental in keeping the parties focussed on getting to a settlement rather than being distracted on other issues. His fairness and impartiality was evident in everything he said and did. I would use him again."  [11 December 2012]

"Geoffrey, thank you. Without your help, guidance and genuine understanding of the issues and dealing with them in a logical thorough way, it is unlikely that we would have reached an agreement." [11 December 2012]

"Mr. Brunton brought with him to the table a bright approach that took the brunt of the parties forceful position before skillfully radiating it in a way that made it receptive to the other side. From him flowed effortlessly words like a brook that carried with it to a conciliatory shore all involved who had previously been on a collision course. Although the many rocks in the way made the voyage bumpy and however much he tried the parties never made shore with him, there might yet be a resolution in this matter if all concerned remain with the currents. "  [7 February 2013]

"Thank you for your sterling efforts and patience on Friday last. After the weekend we continued to negotiate and yesterday the parties settled.............Thank you again. I think both sides were genuine in their relief after settlement and of course they managed to agree some terms which a Judge or Arbitrator simply could not have awarded." [12 April 2013]

" We settled within 4 days of the mediation. Without Geoffrey Brunton's efforts and patience it is unlikely that settlement before a contested arbitration at the LCIA would have been achieved. " [12 April 2013]

"  We firmly believe that it was Geoffrey's intervention and persuasive skills that moved the other party to be reasonable in their demands such that deadlock was broken. He did an excellent job... " [7 May 2013]

"Geoffrey Brunton was good and helpful"  [18 June 2013]

"Geoffrey did an excellent job, particularly bearing in mind he had to step in to cover for a colleague at the last minute. Geoffrey did well handling the opponent who my client had throughout the dispute found incredibly difficult to engage with. Geoffrey was pushy but in a good, realistic, objective way, and I have no doubt that this style is what convinced my opponent to settle. Geoffrey helped us to end a dispute which had been rumbling on for five years and my client is very happy with the outcome.” [18 June 2013]

"Many thanks indeed for your work on Monday bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion"  [7 October 2013]

"Thank you for all your help yesterday. It was most appreciated." [17 October 2013]

"Well prepared and thoroughly professional." [18 February 2014]

" I wanted to add my personal thanks for your work on Friday in guiding the parties to the settlement. It was a pleasure to work with you and I do hope that we have the opportunity to do so again in the future." [ 2 May 2014]

“Geoffrey was thorough and listened carefully to the parties' concerns, whilst injecting an appropriate level of humour. He assisted the parties to negotiate a settlement.” [21 July 2014]

Once again we thank you for your services provided. You did a fantastic job in reaching a settlement even when events took an unexpected turn. You remained resilient and delivered the results.”  [24 July 2014]

"The day was faultless, good facilities, excellent mediator, very good administration, reasonable fees. We were able to concentrate on the matter in hand, namely the mediation"  [28 April 2015]

“I thought Geoffrey was excellent yesterday. He was friendly but firm and pushed the parties just enough to do a deal.
I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.” 
[12 May 2016]

 "Geoffrey did a sterling job on a difficult case. I was particularly impressed at his preparation and knowledge of the case." [9 November 2016]

"The mediator and the mediation process were first class and I would not have changed a thing." [8 March 2017]

"Managed to secure a seemingly impossible agreement." [26 April 2017]

"Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for allowing me to observe the mediation. It was so valuable I can't tell you. I learnt so much from the day from you and have to say was full of admiration at how you developed things and brought it all together, whilst keeping to time. I feel very privileged indeed to have been able to watch an expert and experienced person and once again please know how grateful I am." [26 April 2017]

"it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and many thanks for your assistance with this matter."  [30 August 2017]

PERSONAL 

Geoffrey has two daughters and his interests include riding motorcycles, tennis, cycling, reading, theatre and travel.

All mediations dedicated to NJB.

 

Feedback

Feedback
Q1 (8.60)
Q2 (10.00)
Q3 (7.69)
Q4 (10.00)
Q5 (8.96)
Q6 (9.23)
Q7 (8.84)
Q8 (8.67)
Q9 (8.13)
Q10 (8.12)
Q11 (8.09)
Q12 (7.84)

History

History
  • Date

    Nature of dispute

    Outcome

  • Shareholders
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Employment/Contract for Services
    Outcome: Settled
  • Right of Way Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • Interior Design/Implementation - Flagship Retail Premises
    Outcome: Settled
  • Shareholders/Unfair Prejudice/Employment
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • Barrister's professional services/fees
    Outcome: Settled
  • Partnership
    Outcome: Settled
  • Employment
    Outcome: Settled
  • Fire detection/alarm/disabled refuge/access control systems
    Outcome: Settled
  • Shareholders/Unfair Prejudice
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • Insurance Brokers/Contracts for Services/Director's Duties
    Outcome: Settled
  • International Trade/Fruit - Contract Terms/Quality
    Outcome: Settled
  • Racehorses Trainer: Misrepresentation/Breach of Duty
    Outcome: Settled
  • Auctioneers: Misrepresentation
    Outcome: Settled
  • Website Design/Implementation
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Large Scale Contract for Cleaning Services
    Outcome: Settled
  • Multi-Party Gym Clubs Franchises
    Outcome: Settled
  • Share Sale Agreement
    Outcome: Settled
  • Gym Club Franchise
    Outcome: Settled
  • Gift/Loan Dispute
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Electricity Supply
    Outcome: Settled
  • Insolvency/Director's Liability
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Partnership
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Commercial
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • Construction Joint Venture
    Outcome: Settled
  • Legal Costs
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Training Provider Accreditation
    Outcome: Settled
  • Licence to use Commercial Property
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Shareholders/Share Sale
    Outcome: Settled
  • Commercial
    Outcome: Settled
  • Financial Services/Products/Misrepresentation
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • Solicitors/Contentious Business Agreement
    Outcome: Settled
  • Buildings Insurance/Subsidence/Heave
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Sale of Business/Brokerage Commissions
    Outcome: Settled
  • IFA/Professional Negligence
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Sale of Goods
    Outcome: Settled
  • International Trade/JVA
    Outcome: Settled
  • Share Sale Agreement
    Outcome: Settled
  • Recruitment Agency Commissions
    Outcome: Settled
  • Directors' Duties
    Outcome: Settled
  • Website Design/Implementation
    Outcome: Settled
  • Construction
    Outcome: Settled
  • Defamation
    Outcome: Settled
  • Farming: Alpacas - Partnership
    Outcome: Settled
  • Employment/Commissions
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Shareholders
    Outcome: Settled
  • Shareholders/Property Company
    Outcome: Settled
  • Construction
    Outcome: Settled
  • Co-Sureties/Estoppel/Undue Influence
    Outcome: Settled
  • Employment
    Outcome: Settled
  • IFA/Professional Negligence
    Outcome: Settled
  • JVA/Industrial Staffing Agencies
    Outcome: Settled
  • Insolvency
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Partnership
    Outcome: Settled
  • Contract/Property
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Solicitors/Breach of Trust/S.61 Relief
    Outcome: Settled
  • Commercial Contract
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Property/Constructive Trust
    Outcome: Settled
  • Distribution Services/Trade Terms/Time Bar
    Outcome: Settled
  • Contract
    Outcome: Settled
  • Share Sale and Purchase/Shareholders/JVA
    Outcome: Settled
  • Mortgage Broker Commissions
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Commercial
    Outcome: Settled
  • Sale of Goods/Passing Off/Non-Compete/Commission
    Outcome: Settled
  • Professional Services/Solicitors
    Outcome: Settled
  • Headhunters/Professional Negligence
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Construction
    Outcome: Settled
  • Self-employment Contract for Services
    Outcome: Settled
  • Sale of Goods/Quality/Late Delivery
    Outcome: Settled
  • Electricity Supply
    Outcome: Settled
  • Professional Services/Solicitors
    Outcome: Settled
  • Corporate Control/Constructive Dismissal
    Outcome: Settled
  • Corporate Insolvency/Director's Liability
    Outcome: Settled
  • Undue Influence (Religious) / Compensation
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Marine Insurance (Failure to Procure)
    Outcome: Settled
  • Marine: Freight Forwarding
    Outcome: Settled
  • Shareholders/Quasi-Partnership/Employment
    Outcome: Settled
  • Electricity Supply
    Outcome: Settled
  • Accountants/Professional Negligence
    Outcome: Settled
  • Software Supply
    Outcome: Settled
  • Estate Agency Partnership/Fraud
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Sale of Goods/Quality/Supply of Services
    Outcome: Settled
  • Employment/Covenant in Restraint of Trade
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Shareholders/Directors/Unfair Prejudice
    Outcome: Settled
  • International Trade: JVA
    Outcome: Settled
  • Architects/Professional Negligence
    Outcome: Settled
  • Shareholders: Manufacturing: Unfair Prejudice
    Outcome: Settled
  • Partnership/JVA/Commercial Property
    Outcome: Settled
  • International Trade: FOB/Quality
    Outcome: Settled
  • Sale of Goods/ Supply of Services
    Outcome: Settled
  • Property/Commercial
    Outcome: Settled
  • Commercial/Force Majeure/Frustration
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Sale of Goods/Commercial Property/Directors
    Outcome: Settled
  • Commodities (Late Delivery)
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Employment/Dismissal/Covenant
    Outcome: Settled
  • Defamation
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Defamation
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Marine: Vessel Engine
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Commercial (Franchise)
    Outcome: Settled

Insurance

Insurance
  • Insurance Provider Oxygen
  • Certificate Status Certificate on file
  • Expiry Date 21 September 2018
  • Level of Cover 1000000

CPD & Training

CPD & Training
  • Mediation Training Provider The London Shipping Law Centre
  • Date Qualified as Mediator 10 June 2004
  • Training Certificate Download PDF

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