Roger is a qualified: Elite Mediator (96 Mediations)
An experienced specialist in property and commercial law, Roger has developed his commercial mediation business to tackle cases across diverse areas of commercial ,shareholders, directors property, contract, construction, boundary & neighbours, insurance, franchise, partnership,debt, sale of goods, professional negligence Wills Trusts and Probate.
Why choose Roger Levitt as your mediator?
1. Natural conciliator-Roger is calm patient and confident, He believes that even the most intractable disputes can be settled, given the right will from the participants and the patience, skill and guidance of the mediator
2. He is thorough, patient and proactive. We can find a solution
3. He looks for the solutions not the problems. This is a unique opportunity to find a settlement that the parties can live with
4. He understands what makes people tick
5. His encouragement and focus never waivers from the goal of settlement
6. Roger has 34 years as a solicitor in private practice, with 9 years experience as a mediator
7. Outstanding performance… Most of Roger’s mediations have resulted in successful resolution He has an 75% settlement rate. Well above the national average
8. Able to travel… works anywhere in England and Wales
9. Flexible fees… Able to judge each case on its own requirements and price accordingly
10. Areas of expertise
Business and Commerce, directors and shareholders
Wills Trusts and Probate
Commercial and Residential Property
Boundaries and Neighbours
Landlord and Tenant
Retail and Restaurant
Sale and delivery of goods
Faith and Religious based disputes
34 years’ legal experience (the first 25 at Partner level in City and West End law firms)
Transactional Property Solicitor
Accredited Mediator with Clerksroom and Academy of Experts and Chartered Institute of Abrbitrators Accreditation under his belt
Civil Mediation Council (member of Communications & Government Relations Committees)
Business Dispute Resolution Committee member
Conference Speaker - including RICS Dispute Resolution Conference Jan 2015
Co- author of RICS Mediation Guide published Jan 2015
As an entrepreneurial solicitor, Roger understands what motivates business people; he has considerable experience of commercial deal construction and negotiation.
Wide-ranging experience as a non-contentious property lawyer has taught him that the collaborative approach gets deals done.
Established in 2008, his commercial mediator business has a reputation for significant success across a diverse range of cases.
“While the need for comprehensive legal knowledge and experience is undisputed, successful mediation is ultimately all about understanding how to deal with people.
“You need to analyse the facts that could point to a litigation outcome,and also understand and manage the expectations of the participants, in order to find the more cost-effective, commercial and sensible solutions that mediation can bring.
“I put considerable effort into preparing for my mediation work, ensuring that not only do I completely understand the ins and outs of each case, but I also contact all parties in advance, in order to set them on the right track to think about possible solutions with a more open mind. I aim to encourage participants to look beyond grievances and start considering options that would enable them to move on to a successful resolution.
“My role is to remain impartial, calm and detached, while also being approachable and easygoing, in order to build trust and create the right atmosphere for negotiation. I believe I am a proactive team player, able to build rapport between disengaged parties and get them to focus on what they have in common, rather than their differences.
“Mediation is in my nature: I’ve discovered a real passion for helping people find solutions to commercial problems that they can’t resolve on their own. I’m a conciliator and enjoy bringing people together, negotiating with honesty and integrity to help people to listen , conclude and move on.
“Roger was excellent and we are pleased we chose an experienced property lawyer as this certainly gave me and my clients the confidence of knowing that he was on top of his briefing papers and the law.”
"He adopted a commercial approach rather than being bogged down in peripheral issues"
"Good overall manner : good communication skills"“
When difficulties arose towards the end of the scheduled session, Roger calmly and patiently continued to go to and fro between the parties’ houses for a further three hours, without putting anyone under any time pressure, until a settlement was reached and the loose ends tied up. The confidence he conveyed that a resolution was possible went a long way towards achieving this outcome.”
“Roger is both very professional and personable. He really gets to the core of the situation, is very thorough and ultimately strives for a beneficial solution by using his expertise. I would highly recommend Roger for anyone in need of his services”.
“An extremely practical approach. A willingness to understand the issues and think ‘outside of the box’ to try and find a solution.”
“Overall we felt that the mediator and assistant were excellent.”
“Many thanks for allowing me to observe the mediation on Wednesday. Of the three I have observed to date, it was by far the most fascinating. I think you did very well to create momentum from what appeared to be an entrenched and irretrievable position!”
"The Client was very emotional and I feel the mediator handled a delicate situation very professionally".
"very good indeed at getting to the key issues to get a settlement"
"Availability / flexibility"
"Easy going, impartial, positive"
Outside the office
A married man, Roger has three children aged (27, 24 and 24 (yes, twins) who test his mediation skills to the limit.
When not negotiating family disputes, he enjoys playing and watching football, cycling, golf, running (after children), driving (children around), walking (away from arguments with his children), theatre (especially non-domestic drama) and good food (some now even cooked by his children).
A keen traveller, Roger speaks conversational French and Spanish.
Legal memberships and positions
Civil Mediation Council (Communications & Government Relations Committees)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Standing Committee of Mediation Advocates
Member of The Law Society
Property Litigation Association member
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Business Dispute Resolution Committee Member