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John de Waal KC

Barrister

Telephone: 07540 900070

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“John has considerable personal charm and a very tactful manner; these, coupled with his clear-sighted view of the issues in the case, enabled the parties to negotiate the obstacles which had previously stood in the way of settlement. John was exceptionally well prepared and had a firm grasp on the subject matter of the dispute.”

Martin Edden, Consultant Solicitor, Tayntons Solicitors

Professional Background

John has been a practising barrister for over 30 years and a KC since 2013. His practice is exclusively property and property-related professional negligence and he has appeared in all courts in England and Wales up to the Supreme Court.

John qualified as mediator with CEDR in 2002 and since then has mediated over 100 matters. He is now making the move to become a full-time mediator. John is the editor of the Law Society publication ‘Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions’ (2018). He speaks and writes on property related matters widely including having given talks to the Property Litigation Association and the Property Bar Association.

For 10 years John sat as a part-time lawyer chair of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (as it then was),

Mediation Experience

John qualified as mediator with CEDR in 2002 and since then has mediated over 100 matters. He is now making the move to become a full-time mediator.

John is very experienced in all matters relating to property and property-related professional negligence disputes.

He has mediated in the following areas:

  • negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and other property professionals
  • commercial landlord and tenant disputes including dilapidations claims
  • claims involving rights of way and other easements
  • claims involving trusts of land – ‘TOLATA’ claims
  • claims concerning the estates of deceased persons and Inheritance Act claims
  • family disputes including claims of proprietary estoppel
  • neighbour and boundary disputes
  • commercial disputes

Other Experience

John was formerly a part-time lawyer chair of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (as was)

John has been an observer at the International Chamber of Commerce mediation competition in Paris.

John has written articles and given seminars about mediation.

Mediation Style

John’s style is quite informal and empathetic. He listens carefully and gives the parties time to explain their positions before slowly moving into the negotiation phase of the mediation.

John listens patiently but is able to be forceful and challenge the parties when necessary to break the deadlock. He will suggest solutions and is creative in his attempt to break the deadlock. He never gives up.

Accreditation

John qualified as a commercial mediator with CEDR in 2002. He is a member of the Civil Mediation Council.

Personal

John has three children, the youngest of whom is school-age and enjoys spending time with them. In his spare time he enjoys travel, walking and reading. John lives in Buckinghamshire and is able to mediate anywhere in the country.

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