Mr Hugh Elder

Mr Hugh Elder

LL.B. (Edin); solicitor (retired, non practising) Central London but will travel UK FOC and online
Membership Status: Mediator

Results and Memberships

Total Mediations Undertaken: 10 Member Level: Junior Mediator Member Type: Non-exclusive Member

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General Information

"We would like to thank you for mediating, your demeanour and skills helped us to work with you towards a positive resolution that enables us to move on" Litigant in Person

Do you need an eager, happy to travel mediator with over 40 years experience as a solicitor? Based in Central London, but happy to mediate anywhere in the UK at no additional cost.  Now also trained to mediate online via Zoom. 

You can benefit from my 40+ years' experience as a solicitor in dispute resolution: litigation, arbitration and mediation, especially in the fields of:

  • contract and other commercial disputes, including competition;
  • employment;
  • inheritance disputes and other probate and trust issues;
  • landlord & tenant, dilapidations, boundary and other property disputes including TOLATA claims;
  • professional negligence claims; compliance and costs issues within the legal profession;
  • shareholder and partnership disputes.

Other reasons to appoint me as your mediator:

* Qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and engaged continuously in full-time practice until retirement in August 2017. 

* A firm believer in the merits of mediation as part of the dispute resolution process.

* Represented numerous clients at mediations over 20 years. Now mediating on my own account.

* Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2015; registered with, and panel member of, the Civil Mediation Council.  Also a registered member of CEDR adjudcation panel (consumer disputes).

* President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association from 1998 to 2000 at the time of the Woolf Reforms, which encouraged and incentivised litigants to mediate.

* Managing partner of Gordon Dadds, with which firm I spent most of my career, from 2003 to 2013.

* Acutely aware of commercial pressures and demands on those running businesses and the need to find a realistic and workable solution to time-consuming and expensive disputes without just papering over cracks.

* Advised numerous private individuals unaccustomed to being involved with the legal system, developing a reputation for guiding them through an unfamiliar process with tact and sensitivity.

* I adopt an approachable facilitative style encouraging parties to work together, while (in private, confidential meetings) I use my experience to help each party undertake a realistic appraisal of the merits of their case.  

* If mediating parties work with me, they will be assured that I will work hard with them to help bring about a resolution with which they can live - and then move on.

On a personal note I have been married for as long as I was a solicitor, with two grown-up children and four grandchildren. When I'm not working or spending time with the family, I enjoy choral singing, golf, walking and cooking.    








  • Date

    Nature of dispute


  • Small claims consumer claim against tour company (religious pilgrimage)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Employment (small claims)
    Outcome: Settled
  • Small claims consumer dispute (telecoms)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Boundary wall dispute (small claims)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Landlord & Tenant
    Outcome: Settled
  • Contested probate
    Outcome: Settled
  • High value employment case
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • Commercial Distributorship Agreement
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • Building Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • Solicitors' costs
    Outcome: Settled


  • Insurance Provider Hiscox Underwriting Limited
  • Certificate Status Certificate on file
  • Expiry Date 31 March 2022
  • Level of Cover 1000000

CPD & Training

CPD & Training
  • Mediation Training Provider CEDR
  • Date Qualified as Mediator 10 March 2015
  • Training Certificate Download PDF

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