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Hugh Elder

LL.B. (Edin); solicitor (retired, non practising)

A civil and commercial mediator with over 40 years experience as a solicitor and 9 years as a mediator.  Based in Central London, but ready to mediate anywhere in the UK at no additional cost or online via Zoom.  

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Hugh Elder
Profession

Profession

Solicitor

Profession

Local Panel

London

Profession

Specialist Panel

Business & Property

Specialist Panel

Membership Level

Senior

Hugh's Experience

Areas of Expertise

Hugh has over 40 years' experience as a solicitor and 9 as a mediator, supporting 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
Mediation Style

An approachable facilitative style encouraging parties to work together, while (in private, confidential meetings) using his experience to help each party undertake a realistic appraisal of the merits of their case.  

Hugh prepares thoroughly and works hard with parties to help bring about a resolution with which they can live, and then move on.

Professional Background

* 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 as a solicitor at mediations over 20 years. Now mediating on his own account; completed more than 20 mediations.

* Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2015; registered with, and panel member of, the Civil Mediation Council.  Also a registered member of CEDR adjudication 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 he spent most of his 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.

* An approachable facilitative style encouraging parties to work together, while (in private, confidential meetings) using his experience to help each party undertake a realistic appraisal of the merits of their case.  

* Hugh prepares thoroughly and works hard with parties to help bring about a resolution with which they can live, and then move on.

History
  • 9 July 24
    Commercial (Post Office Horizon Scheme)
    Adjourned
  • 28 March 2024
    Probate
    Adjourned
  • 6 December 2023
    Commercial (carbon credits)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 20 November 2023
    Kitchen installation
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 October 2023
    Property
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 20 September 2023
    Commercial/Property (residential development)
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 11 July 2023
    Commercial (7 parties) fixed interest bond
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 31 March 2023
    Contested probate
    Outcome: Settled
  • 16 January 2023
    Commercial
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 15 December 2022
    Shareholder Agreement
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 23 November 2022
    Solicitors' costs
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 August 2022
    Building Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 August 2022
    Trespass
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 17 August 2022
    Small claims consumer (commercial)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 15 June 2022
    Shared driveway
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • 11 September 2019
    Small claims consumer claim against tour company (religious pilgrimage)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 14 August 2019
    Employment (small claims)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 13 August 2019
    Small claims consumer dispute (telecoms)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 12 August 2019
    Boundary wall dispute (small claims)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 24 May 2018
    Landlord & Tenant
    Outcome: Settled
  • 26 February 2018
    Contested probate
    Outcome: Settled
  • 11 December 2017
    High value employment case
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 29 November 2017
    Commercial Distributorship Agreement
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 31 March 2017
    Building Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 6 October 2016
    Solicitors' costs
    Outcome: Settled

Hugh's Testimonials

We would like to thank Hugh for mediating, his demeanour and skills helped us to work towards a positive resolution that enables us to move on. 

Litigant

We were in a very sticky place. I have settled for something I would have not gone anywhere near before the mediation. Hugh's best skill was opening my mind to the option of drawing a line under this and getting on with my work. Specifically this was achieved by not trying to convince me too much, rather placing options on the table allowing me to see more clearly the ramifications of whichever path I chose. By not convincing me, I feel far more comfortable with the outcome as I feel I made that decision myself rather than be coerced in any way and then suffer from 'buyer's remorse' after

Client (Company Director)

Hugh Elder is a fantastic mediator and helped drive the parties towards settlement.

Solicitor

 

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