This old chestnut came back to haunt me recently in a complex multi-party mediation of an inheritance dispute.
We mediators know all too well that inheritance disputes are some of the most difficult cases to mediate. They are intensely personal. Joint sessions are almost always impossible. When the disputants are in the grip of powerful, sometimes uncontrollable emotions it is incumbent on their lawyers to support them and nurse them through the day. It is equally incumbent on the lawyers to allow the mediator to do his or her job.
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We’re delighted with the latest Chambers and Partners review, which notes Alistair’s extensive mediation practice covering a variety of commercial disputes and his particular strength in construction and associated professional negligence claims. The following superb feedback is cited:
“He’s great at assimilating large amounts of information and puts clients at ease.”
“His important qualities include his expertise and empathetic approach. He also has a good grasp of the detail.”
“He’s on the ball and very commercial. He cuts across the detail and is committed to finding a solution.“
Who’s Who Legal 2022 notes ““Alistair is an excellent and very active mediator” and “a top name for construction-related mediation”.
Alistair holds the Global Leader designation on WWL, which is awarded to lawyers who have consistently received high praise and feedback from their peers and clients, and who are recognized as experts in their field on an international level.
“Alistair Pye has an extensive mediation practice covering a variety of commercial disputes. He exhibits particular strength in construction and associated professional negligence claims….
‘He is down to earth and adept at simplifying issues and risks so that clients can feel at ease and make informed decisions.’ “
The latest research by Legal 500 had this to say of Alistair:
“‘One of the most dynamic mediators on the market‘, Alistair Pye at IPOS Mediation has the ‘ability to grasp the key issues and keep the parties focused on a same-day resolution; and he is direct but pleasant, focused, effective and encouraging‘. In a recent 12-month period, Pye conducted a total of 66 mediations, the vast majority of which were via Zoom; instructions covered construction/engineering issues, a range of professional negligence matters, inheritance disputes (often farming community-related proprietary estoppel claims), and insurance coverage.”