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Ray Watson

LL.B (Hons), MCIArb

An accredited mediator, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Civil Mediation Council. A company director, Costs Lawyer and School Governor- Ray has the right balance of facilitative and evaluative negotiation experience, technical knowledge of legal dispute processes and intuitive people skills to make him a charismatic and successful mediator across a wide range of disputes, ranging from low value financial disputes to seemingly intractable multi-million pound commercial cases.

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Ray Watson


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Ray's Experience

Areas of Expertise
  • Legal Costs disputes (inc Solicitor Act)
  • Credit Hire disputes
  • Personal Injury disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Negligence - Tort
  • Misstatements / Defamation
  • Contested Probate / TOLATA disputes
  • Complex Civil & Commercial cases
  • Business / Partnership disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Breach of Contract disputes
  • Exclusivity Clauses
  • Commercial Debts
  • Sale / Purchase of Goods and Services
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance / re-insurance
  • Community / boundary disputes
  • Land / neighbour disputes
  • Small Claims track disputes
  • Landlord and Tenancy disputes
Professional Background


Accredited by the London School of Mediation, member of the Civil Mediation Council and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mediates all manner of disputes, including; Inherency Act disputes, TOLATA, costs, debt disputes, Clinical Negligence, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, neighbour, boundary & tenant disputes.

Legal Practice

Since 1998 Ray has been involved, on a professional level, with civil & commercial costs litigation, and specialises in: dispute resolution, Inherency Act disputes TOLATA, clinical negligence actions, liability claims, libel proceedings, land tribunals and complex multi-million pound commercial litigation. He has a wealth of expertise that private individuals and businesses will benefit from, and is often called as an expert to determine legal costs in complex cases as well as to mediate such disputes.

Company Director

Over a decade of successfully running his own legal service company, staying efficient, commercially focused, gaining excellent interpersonal skills, while developing extensive knowledge and understanding of business processes, including tax law.


A natural diplomat - Ray’s experience in complex costs litigation, hearings before the Judicary, including the UK Supreme Court Costs Office, and fudicial duties as company director means that has perfected his ability to tactfully but firmly facilitate successful solutions to entrenched disputes while keeping the process professional.

ay quickly identifies the needs and motivations of the participants and works intuitively to bring about speedy, satisfying conclusions to even the most intractable of cases. He believes passionately in mediation - "the art of mediation lies in excavating beneath a parties 'position' and discovering a need or a want. It is the parties needs and wants which are the engine and wheels of every successful negotiation".

With extensive experience as a company director and thorough knowledge of associated legal and business issues (e.g. corporation tax, director duties, VAT, Companies Act.), Ray quickly appreciates complex commercial issues, and quickly identifies what needs to happen to resolve a dispute. Following his day-to-day experience in such matters, he is able to bring clarity to seemingly intractable multi-million pound commercial cases.

Ray adopts a flexible approach to ensure that the level of fee fits the circumstances and is happy to take on mediations of any type, value or location.

Ray has always been a firm supporter of alternative dispute methods, and has an intuitive understanding of what needs to happen to resolve a dispute. His breadth of experience working in the legal profession enables him to use facilitative / evaluative negotiation and reality testing early on, avoiding potentially intractable stalemates.

Approachable and amenable to deal with, Ray understands that behind every dispute there is a person, and tries to empathise with that person. At the same time, as a company director himself, he appreciates the mechanics and problems of business, and is skilled at encouraging deal-making in order to secure a mutually consensual resolution for all parties.

  • 15 August 2018
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 October 2016
    Property Trust dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 16 October 2015
    Outcome: Settled
  • 4 December 2013
    Commercial Debt
    Outcome: Settled
  • 7 November 2012
    TOLATA dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 26 July 2012
    Commercial - unpaid fees
    Outcome: Settled
  • 31 May 2012
    Commercial - Contract
    Outcome: Settled
  • 28 May 2012
    Commercial Debt / Counter Claim & Costs
    Outcome: Settled

Ray's Testimonials

Thank you. It was a very effective mediation session with an acceptable outcome for both parties. Ray was a good practical mediator and the matter was resolved far more swiftly than had been anticipated.

Ms S. Carrel

GHP Solicitors

Ray immediately develops a sound and realistic grasp of the issues under consideration, his energy, skill and enthusiasm are infectious. He is also very personable which makes dealing with him a pleasure.

Mr D. Taylor

Silks Solicitors Ltd

I was extremely impressed with Ray as can be seen from the feedback. I would have no hesitation in putting him forward as a proposed mediator to opponents or utilising his services in the future. We had a fantastic result on the day and the way matters were resolved has meant that the parties are able to continue to have a working relationship going forwards.

L. Baylis

Thursfields Solicitors


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