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Dr Karl Thompson

Ed.D., MSc; FCILEx; F.Inst.LM; F.Inst.Pa; CMgr FCMI; FRSA, MBCS; GCGI (Hons), MCIArb; CIHM; PC.dp

Karl is a qualified & accredited, 'CMC Registered Mediator - and a Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council' (TBG/LSM, ADRg & INADR, CEDR, Harvard trained and Accredited) . He holds Mediator accreditations internationally, in the UK/USA .

He is a qualified lawyer (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (Date of admission: 1989) Chartered Legal Executive lawyer with over 35 years experience in the legal profession, as a practitioner, lecturer and is a qualified Chartered Manager (Fellow) of the foremost management body in the UK, the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Karl's Experience

Areas of Expertise

Karl's practice specialisms past and present  include:-

  • Civil Litigation
  • Housing
  • Disrepair
  • Defamation
  • Public law
  • Equalities
  • Immigration
  • Mediation & Negotiation
  • Data Protection & Information Technology.
  • Counter Fraud investigations
  • Inter cultural dispute resolution
  • Board and Governance conflicts
Professional Background

Karl recently retired as Head of Legal for a Gateway Housing Association.  He holds a Doctorate  in Education (Law & Administration) (USA) 2013 &  Masters degrees including Business Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence)   from the University of Middlesex UK (1994) and Senior Awards in management from the City & Guilds Institute of which he is also a Member of INADR (Chicago, Illinois, USA) Member of Business Mediators Group (BMG) (UK) .

He is a board member of the Regulatory Rules Committee of the Professional Paralegal Register, Advisor to the Board of a Mental Health Charity and Chair Emeritus of a borough wide Equalities organisation.

Karl is a qualified Data Protection practitioner (PC.dp.)

Karl has experience in the USA - New York City Transit Authority, IBM, NY Stock Exchange, NY Ports Authority.

Visiting Law Lecturer for over 10 years ( Westminster College ) UK and an accredited CIARB Trainer.

Karl is on the Panel of specialists for an international training organisation in protocol, negotiation and mediation based in Geneva, Switzerland, PMN Global, where he takes the lead on Mediation. He is Emeritus Chair of ETL a borough wide Equalities facilitative not for profit Organisation (UK) and advisor to the boards of various charities. 

Karl is a contributing author to a leading RICS publication 'Diagnosing Dampness' and is co-author of dampness and the law. A contributor of Building Pathology.

Karl has successfully negotiated/ADR/settled over 300 Housing/L&T and other cases. He is a Mediation and negotiation judge for various universites in the UK and is an accredited member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. An approved Civil Mediation Council 'CMC Registered Mediator' CEDR -workplace Mediator, he is s a particiant Mediator in the Small Claim Court Free Mediation Project (FMP) Royal Courts of Justice / MoJ and contributes to the All Party Parliamentary Working Group on ADR.


Karl passionately believes that mediation is best in most disputes, often the least costly and most time effective approach and has developed his own style based on Fisher & Ury's 'removing the people from the problem' a new concept of MM (Mesites Mediation (TM) pending) which is based on the view that we should identify the cause or 'mischief' of a dispute and alienate it from the parties. His style is facilitative. He brings a broad range of experience to dispute resolution acquired from various disciplines, proven experience and problem solving.

  • 22 February 2017
    Commercial - Construction Contract Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 10 July 2015
    Compromise Agreement ( Employment)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 August 2012
    Landlord & Tenant (Nuisance)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 9 May 2012
    L&T Leasehold Services Charges & Disrepair
    Outcome: Settled
  • 9 November 2011
    Leasehold Quiet enjoyment & disrepair
    Outcome: Settled
  • 8 July 2011
    Contract (Tender Dispute)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 June 2011
    Tort (Defamation - libel)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 25 May 2011
    Community Dispute (Rights of Way)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 1 November 2010
    Housing : Equalities Act : Reasonable adjustments
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 13 October 2010
    Housing (Disrepair)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 September 2010
    Dispute concerning ownership of valuable artefact
    Outcome: Settled

Karl's Testimonials

As a Gateway our priority was to protect community assets....the statue is an important part of our local history and we wanted to retain it for the benefit of our community...Karl used his skills as a Civil Mediator to achieve a resolution that was good for all concerned



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