Gary Webber

Professional background

Gary was a practising barrister for 22 years specialising in property law. Since 2003 he has practised as a mediator specialising in property mediation. For many years he ran training courses in various areas of property law. He is the author of Business Premises: Possession and Lease Renewal, 4ed (Sweet & Maxwell) and co-author of Residential Possession Proceedings, 10ed (Sweet & Maxwell).

Gary maintains and is the general editor of the property law website at www.propertylawuk.net and is on the editorial board of the White Book. He is an associate member of Tanfield Chambers and sits as a Deputy District Judge.

Mediation experience

Gary is a full-time property mediator and has extensive experience, both as a barrister and as a mediator, in:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes (commercial and residential)
  • Disputes involving boundaries, rights of way and other easements
  • Conveyancing and misrepresentation claims
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Property joint ventures
  • Co-ownership
  • Property related negligence claims and other areas of property law.

Gary also has a great deal of experience in family disputes having mediated many cases between parents and children, siblings, separating couples and divorcing partners. Much of this work has related to the dissolution of family businesses, co-ownership, inheritance and administration of estates.

Mediation style

Gary’s style is relaxed, friendly and empathic. He calms things down and listens carefully so as to understand what the parties really want and need. He focuses on solutions and steers the parties in that direction from an early stage in the mediation. He is exceedingly patient but will speak plainly when required. His background in property law allows him quickly to grasp any technical issues, reality test where necessary, suggest possible solutions and to help with the practical matters that arise during drafting. Except in limited circumstances he is not the sort of mediator who goes on late into the night.

Some comments from clients

“Gary’s preparation was meticulous, he understood both parties positions and was able to call on this knowledge seamlessly throughout. After a lot of progress was made early in the day, and deadlock was inevitably reached, Gary was very proactive and positive; the flipchart would be a constant reminder of what had already been achieved and how much both parties were compromising.” (Warren Reid, Thrings)

“Gary demonstrated enormous ability to deal with very difficult individuals positively, focussed relentlessly on moving towards chinks of light for a solution and combined highest level EQ and IQ in mediating” (A party)

“Gary was friendly and engaging and this helped both parties (I think) to express privately exactly what was motivating them, helping them to move on. However, the underlying steel was useful. Particularly effective techniques included playing devil’s advocate, not letting lawyers run on or harp back to the past, making it clear to one party those points which are not negotiable from the point of view of the other party (thus saving time) and summarising each party’s position to avoid misunderstanding.

Gary did not rush the parties, even though time was running out, which enabled them to come to an agreement willingly. Then when agreement had been reached, he saw to it that the settlement agreement was drafted quickly and tied up.” (Nicole Olavesen, solicitor, Oxfordshire County Council)

“My client was very impressed with the way in which Mr Webber handled what was a very emotional situation for her. He brought a real calm to what had been a long running and acrimonious dispute. Mr Webber is a first class mediator.” (Samuel Waritay, barrister).

“My clients and I were delighted with the sensitive but businesslike way you dealt with the mediation, grasping the important key points at an early stage and maintaining pace and progress throughout, towards the eventual (seemingly inevitable) development of a mutually acceptable settlement” (James Taylor, Wards)

“Gary was fantastic. He took the time to understand my clients’ concerns and build a rapport with them, but also knew when to put pressure on to move things along towards a settlement. I shall certainly be recommending him to other clients.” (Joanne Wicks QC, Wilberforce Chambers)

I was so grateful and so appreciative of all your efforts to reduce the tension I was feeling. I felt truly listened to. You’re a wonderful mediator – patient and unfailingly kind – and it must tax your patience sometimes. I’m deeply grateful to you for all your gentleness and kindness – it made what could otherwise have been unbearable, bearable. (A client).

“It can take several months before parties agree the appointment of a mediator. Not so with Gary Webber. His appointment was approved by both sides without question: a testament to his experience and reputation.” (Azeam Akram, MTG Solicitors).

“I found Gary’s approach as a mediator to be very direct which enabled the parties to focus on the objective of the mediation very early on. At some mediations that I have been to you spend the first three of fours hours getting nowhere but with Gary we felt that progress was being made at every stage. Although we did not settle the dispute that day it was only a matter of days later that a settlement was agreed and Gary’s assistance was much appreciated.” (Andrew Robins, Kyriakides & Braier).

“Gary is a first rate mediator. He is effective, enthusiastic and popular with clients. Should the parties approach a stalemate, he will always search hard for a fresh, creative approach to finding a solution.” (Jane Senior, Wright Hassall)

“It is such a huge relief to know that the cloud which has hung over us for so many years has been lifted. We started the day not believing that there was any hope of settlement and therefore to come away at the end with a comprehensive Order drafted and signed is beyond all expectation! You found a way through the morass and we are deeply indebted to you. Thank you very much for achieving what seemed to us impossible.” (A client)

“Gary listened well and converted what he heard into a significant settlement option. Reflecting on the day, it struck me as a classic example of how mediation can create scope for imaginative solutions, moving the disputing parties towards settlement in a manner they had never quite envisaged at the start of the process.” (David Abrahams – accredited mediator acting as a client)

Accreditation

Gary Webber is trained both as a commercial and civil mediator and as a family mediator. He was accredited as a mediator by the ADR Group in 2003 and has a diploma in Group facilitation, Conflict Resolution and Counselling Skills. He continually seeks to develop his skills and bring these experiences to his mediations.

Personal

When Gary is not mediating he enjoys travel, cycling and keeping fit, cooking and eating and, occasionally, riding out into the countryside.

Contact Gary

Tel: 07887 507580

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“My client was very impressed with the way in which Mr Webber handled what was a very emotional situation for her. He brought a real calm to what had been a long running and acrimonious dispute.”Samuel Waritay, barrister