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Stephen Wood

LLB (Hons) MCIArb 

Stephen is a flexible, experienced and enthusiastic Civil & Commercial Mediator and a Workplace Mediator, and has undertaken over 100 paid mediations.  Stephen frequently undertakes mediations in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties as well as further afield.  If you have a mediation which is further afield, please ask.


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Stephen Wood
Profession

Profession

Solicitor

Profession

Local Panel

East Midlands

Profession

Specialist Panel

Probate, Estates and Trusts

Specialist Panel

Membership Level

Elite

Stephen's Experience

Areas of Expertise

Stephen mediates disputes in the following areas:

  • Contentious Probate
  • Workplace 
  • Employment
  • Consumer
  • Contracts
  • Business
  • Partnerships and Shareholders
  • Boundaries and Property
  • Property
  • Professional Negligence
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Personal Injury

Stephen has recently mediated disputes concerning:

  • Contentious Probate - Validity of a Will and Proprietary Estoppel
  • Contractual dispute in the oil industry
  • Dispute over quality of construction product supplied and counterclaim
  • Boundary dispute, trespass and nuisance
  • A business investment/restitution dispute
  • A 4-party contentious probate dispute
  • A dispute at a university concerning staff and a student
  • A 3-party dispute concerning a high-end kitchen
  • A 3-party construction dispute
  • A workplace dispute between colleagues in a charity 
Professional Background

Stephen is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator (since 2011), an ADR Group Accredited Workplace Mediator (since 2013), and ADR Group Accredited Online Mediator, a Registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.  

Stephen was a judge at the INADR's International Law School Mediation Competitions in in 2023 (at the University of Bologna), in 2020 (a virtual tournament run at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania), in 2017 (at Strathclyde University), in 2016 (in Athens) and in 2015 (in London).  In 2023, 2020 and 2019 Stephen was a judge at the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris.  In 2022 and 2021 Stephen was a judge at the ICC International Online Mediation Competition.  In 2020 Stephen was also a judge at the ADR ODR International Online Mediation Competition.

In 2020 Stephen studied negotiation with Yale's School of Management and also with MIT.  In 2017 Stephen studied at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiaion.  Stephen has studied management courses with London Business School (2020) and Birkbeck College (2020).  

Stephen was called as a Barrister in 1998 and admitted as a Solicitor in 2002.  Stephen practises as a Consultant Dispute Resolution Solicitor in Northampton and has experience of commercial, contractual, professional negligence, contentious probate, employment, boundary disputes, property and personal injury claims, and has represented clients as a mediation advocate at a variety of mediations.  Stephen had previously been a partner and head of litigation at a Northamptonshire based firm of solicitors.

Stephen's broad civil and commercial litigation experience helps him mediate effectively on a wide range of civil and commercial, and workplace, mediations.

Stephen is an experienced litigation Solicitor and Company Director and is able to deal effectively with a broad range of mediations.  He has worked in dispute resolution for over 23 years, and combines sound commercial acumen with creative thinking and strong analytical skills.  A good listener and an empathetic mediator, Stephen is alert to the personal and emotional issues which often need to be overcome to facilitate a successful long-term resolution to a dispute.

In 2017 Stephen was appointed to the Panel of Chairs of the Valuation Tribunal Service, and regularly hears appeals concerning Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates.  In 2023 Stephen was appointed as a Magistrate in the Family Court.

History
  • 17 June 2024
    Property - Right of Way
    Did not settle.

  • 11 June 2024
    Contentious probate including breach of trust and unjust enrichment
    Did not settle
  • 24 April 2024.
    Nature of Dispute: Commercial Landlord and Tenant
    Settled
  • 28 March 2024
    Guarantor Agreement (Landlord and Tenant)
    Settled
  • 19-Jan-24
    Workplace
    Settled
  • 14-Dec-23
    Housing Association
    Settled
  • 1 December 2023
    Workplace Mediation - Senior Level Pharmaceutical Industry
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 November 2023
    Workplace Mediation - Education
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • 23 November 2023
    Workplace Mediation (GP Practice)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 20 November 2023
    Workplace Mediation (GP Practice)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 19 October 2023
    Workplace Mediation - Senior Managers
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 October 2023
    Breach of executors' duties - alleged sale at undervalue
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 October 2023
    Inheritance
    Outcome: Settled
  • 22 September 2023
    Workplace Mediation - Pharmaceutical Industry
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 21 September 2023
    Right of way
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 31 July 2023
    Contractual dispute - oil industry
    Outcome: Settled
  • 24 July 2023
    Contentious Probate, Validity of Will and Proprietary Estoppel
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 5 July 2023
    Provision of training - alleged breach of contract
    Outcome: Settled
  • 16 June 2023
    Workplace Mediation (Line Management)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 22 May 2023
    Dispute over quality of construction product supplied and counterclaim
    Outcome: Settled
  • 29 March 2023
    Workplace Mediation (Charity)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 March 2023
    Workplace Mediation (Charity)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 27 February 2023
    Workplace mediation - aviation industry
    Outcome: Settled
  • 16 February 2023
    Workplace Mediation (Senior Management)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 25 January 2023
    Dispute between former business partners
    Outcome: Settled
  • 7 December 2022
    Contentious Probate - Validity of a Will
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 November 2022
    Disputed loan
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 August 2022
    Dispute over guarantees and an assignment of a charge.
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 29 July 2022
    Boundary Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 20 July 2022
    Workplace Mediation (Care)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 July 2022
    Workplace Mediation (Care)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 8 April 2022
    Boundary dispute, trespass and nuisance
    Outcome: Settled
  • 4 April 2022
    Dispute over the validity of a Will and the size of the estate
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 18 March 2022
    Works to a high-end vehicle.
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 January 2022
    Workplace mediation - education (1st of 2)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 January 2022
    Workplace mediation - education (2nd of 2)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 10 January 2022
    Workplace mediation - education (1st of 2)
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 10 January 2022
    Workplace mediation - education (2nd of 2)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 21 December 2021
    Workplace Mediation (Care)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 23 November 2021
    Contentious Probate. Dispute between Executors.
    Outcome: Settled
  • 15 November 2021
    Workplace mediation - education
    Outcome: Settled
  • 12 November 2021
    Workplace mediation - education
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 7 October 2021
    Workplace Mediation (School Teachers)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 22 September 2021
    Interference with an estate
    Outcome: Settled
  • 21 September 2021
    Workplace Mediation (senior managers)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 17 August 2021
    Boundary Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 July 2021
    Business loan and vehicle dispute.
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 15 February 2021
    Workplace mediation (reconvened from 11th February 2021)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 11 February 2021
    Workplace mediation - charity
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 21 January 2021
    TOLATA property dispute.
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 January 2021
    Boundary Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 September 2020
    Workplace mediation - education (middle management)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 24 September 2020
    Business Investment and Restitution
    Outcome: Settled
  • 21 August 2020
    TOLATA property dispute.
    Outcome: Settled
  • 14 July 2020
    Workplace mediation - education (reconvened from 13th July 2020)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 13 July 2020
    Workplace mediation - education
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 8 June 2020
    Workplace mediation (reconvened from 5th June).
    Outcome: Settled
  • 5 June 2020
    Workplace mediation (Education)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 18 March 2020
    Workplace mediation - senior management
    Outcome: Settled
  • 13 March 2020
    TOLATA property dispute.
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 February 2020
    Workplace facilitation
    Outcome: Settled
  • 23 January 2020
    Workplace facilitation
    Outcome: Settled
  • 14 November 2019
    Workplace
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 October 2019
    Workplace facilitation (management) reconvened from 24/1019
    Outcome: Settled
  • 24 October 2019
    Workplace facilitation (management)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 5 September 2019
    Personal Guarantee - finance company and litigant in person
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 31 July 2019
    High value car claim (mediation advocate).
    Outcome: Settled
  • 23 July 2019
    Workplace
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 28 June 2019
    Workplace Mediation (reconvened)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 June 2019
    TOLATA
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 26 June 2019
    Workplace Mediation (Medical)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 13 June 2019
    High value dispute with bank - mediation advocate
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 24 October 2018
    Workplace (upper management) - continued from 22nd October 2018
    Outcome: Settled
  • 22 October 2018
    Workplace (upper management)
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 22 August 2018
    Directors and shareholders dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 27 June 2018
    Contentious Probate
    Outcome: Settled after date
  • 14 June 2018
    Workplace (upper management) - continued from 13th June 2018
    Outcome: Settled
  • 13 June 2018
    Workplace Mediation
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 27 February 2018
    Contentious Probate
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 3 November 2017
    Telephone Consumer Mediation - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 2 November 2017
    Consumer Mediation - Vehicle Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 29 October 2017
    Telephone Consumer Mediation - Extended Warranty for Vehicle Repairs
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 26 October 2017
    Conversion, breach of fiduciary duty & unjust enrichment
    Outcome: Settled
  • 28 September 2017
    Workplace
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • 26 September 2017
    Online Mediation - Employment Dispute
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 26 September 2017
    Online Mediation - Consumer Dispute: Bathroom, Shower-room and Cloakroom
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 September 2017
    Inheritance Act 1975 - 4 active parties
    Outcome: Settled
  • 7 August 2017
    Consumer Mediation - Vehicle Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 28 July 2017
    Consumer Mediation - Repairing Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 26 July 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 18 July 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Vehicle Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 June 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 29 June 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Vehicle extended warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 28 June 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 20 June 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for White Goods
    Outcome: Settled
  • 1 June 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Television
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 May 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Settled
  • 25 May 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 24 May 2017
    Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 23 May 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 22 May 2017
    Extended Warranty - Motorhome
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 22 April 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty for Vehicle
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 21 April 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Vehicle Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 20 April 2017
    Extended Warranty - computer accessory
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 13 April 2017
    Extended Warranty - Television
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 24 March 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Vehicle Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 16 March 2017
    Consumer Dispute - Insurance
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 10 February 2017
    Right of way by prescription, injunction and damages
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 9 February 2017
    Landlord and former tenant
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 6 January 2017
    Workplace - Sport
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 December 2016
    Consumer Dispute - Extended Warranty
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 12 October 2016
    Workplace Mediation (at a Secondary School)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 1 September 2016
    Workplace - Motor Industry (from 14/7/16)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 August 2016
    Workplace (from 22/7/16)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 22 July 2016
    Workplace
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 14 July 2016
    Workplace - Motor Industry
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 6 May 2016
    Workplace / Technology
    Outcome: Settled
  • 21 January 2016
    Education
    Outcome: Settled
  • 18 January 2016
    Sale of Goods, high end kitchen, 3-party dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • 8 December 2015
    Workplace (from 16/11/15)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 8 December 2015
    Workplace (from 20/11/15)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 30 November 2015
    Oil and Gas Industry
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • 20 November 2015
    Workplace
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 16 November 2015
    Workplace
    Outcome: Adjourned
  • 10 September 2015
    Service Provider Agreement Assisted Negotiation
    Outcome: Settled
  • 5 August 2015
    Workplace / Employment
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 March 2015
    Construction and Nuisance (3-party dispute)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 12 February 2015
    Construction
    Outcome: Did Not Settle
  • 24 October 2014
    Workplace
    Outcome: Settled
  • 28 October 2013
    Property. (Co-mediator)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 24 September 2013
    Breach of insurance agency. (Mediation Advocate).
    Outcome: Settled
  • 15 April 2013
    Business Sale/Purchase (Mediation Advocate)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 9 October 2012
    Conveyancing prof negligence (Mediation Assistant)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 19 July 2012
    Corporate Sale/Purchase (Mediation Assistant)
    Outcome: Settled
  • 5 July 2012
    Accounting of secret profits (Mediation Advocate)
    Outcome: Settled

Stephen's Testimonials

I found that Stephen grasped the facts at the outset and helped both parties towards the common ground upon which settlement terms were built.  Without his assistance the parties would not have listened to the common sense which demanded settlement.  Hehad a polite but firm manner and worked effectively in gleaning information to enable you to unlock the conflict.  I would certainly use his services again.

Peter McLean-Buechel

Trowers & Hamlins Solicitors

The clients felt instantly relaxed in Stephen's company, and I think that a settlement would not have been possible but for his encouragement.

Jak Ward

Smith Partnership Solicitors

Impeccable and excellent service.  Mr Wood put the parties at ease and was able to guide both sides to achieve a mutually agreeable settlement.  I would definitely use Mr Wood again and would recommend him to others.

George Smith

Franklins Solicitors

 

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