Emma Gooding 

Membership Status: Mediator

General Information

“Emma is a highly competent and warm mediator. She did an excellent job of building a relationship with the parties, focusing them throughout and managing the whole process”

“She approached the mediation with energy and personal warmth, encouraging the parties to actively engage in the mediation”

“A sure-footed and accomplished mediator. Emma was highly effective at managing the parties and made huge progress at mediation, leading to an early settlement which at the outset had seemed unlikely”


Emma became a CEDR accredited mediator in 2008, and specialises in civil & commercial disputes.  She is also a CEDR certified workplace mediator. Prior to becoming a full-time mediator, Emma worked as a commercial dispute resolution solicitor with Allen & Overy in London and with Herbert Smith in Hong Kong. She also taught commercial dispute resolution, mediation and mediation advocacy for a number of years at the University of Hong Kong, combining this with her mediation practice in Hong Kong. Emma has recently relocated back to the United Kingdom, where she is now mediating full-time.

Emma’s international experience means she is adept at dealing with parties from a wide variety of backgrounds and business cultures. She is able quickly to get to the heart of a case, combining her legal abilities with her personal warmth and ability to build rapport with individual and corporate clients alike.  Her considerable experience as a lawyer representing parties to mediation has led to a deep understanding of the parties’ commercial interests and an ability to see all sides of the dispute. This, combined with careful preparation, allows for swift and effective progress to be made on the mediation day..

Approach to mediation

Emma is calm, creative and adaptable, using the mediation process flexibly to overcome any barriers to settlement and keep the parties on track. Facilitative and perceptive, she is nevertheless not afraid to ask difficult questions and challenge preconceptions. Her ability to build rapport and her excellent communication skills, combined with a tenacious and proactive approach, allow her to deal with high levels of conflict and entrenched positions, and to defuse difficult dynamics.  Clients have noted in particular her warm approach and ability to find a way forward, achieving settlement in cases where all parties had thought this would be impossible.

Practice Areas

Emma has mediation experience in the following types of dispute:


Professional qualifications


Emma Gooding league table position 124 / 163

total mediations undertaken 57

member level Elite Mediator

Emma is a member of phone01823 247 247

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Recent History

22 February 2023Did Not Settle
23 June 2022Settled
7 June 2022Adjourned
29 March 2022Settled
23 April 2021Settled
9 April 2021Settled
1 April 2021Settled
19 March 2021Settled
11 March 2021Settled
5 March 2021Settled
23 February 2021Settled
17 February 2021Settled
1 February 2021Settled
28 January 2021Settled
13 January 2021Settled
9 December 2020Settled
1 December 2020Did Not Settle
6 November 2020Settled
22 October 2020Settled
2 October 2020Settled
16 September 2020Did Not Settle
14 September 2020Settled after date
11 September 2020Settled
3 September 2020Settled
28 July 2020Settled


Insurance Provider:


Certificate Status:

Certificate on file

Expiry Date:

17 February 2024

Level of Cover:


CPD & Training

Mediation Training Provider:


Date Qualified as Mediator:

23 July 2008

Training Certificate: