David Richbell

Commercial Mediator and Trainer - David has been a commercial Mediator and trainer of Mediators for twenty years, initially on a part-time basis and then full time from 1996. Although he had a background in construction, his mediation practice covers numerous business sectors and many ethnic groups in the UK and overseas. He has also mediated both business and faith-based disputes in Muslim, Christian and multi-faith communities. As a trainer he is a founder member of MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives), which is a partnership based upon co-operative principles. All training is mediation-centred, the principles of which apply to negotiation, dispute avoidance as well as dispute resolution.

Once described as “possibly the nicest person in mediation”, David has a reputation for patience and tenacity when mediating. At various times over the past ten years, Chambers Directory have described him as: “A fantastic, intuitive Mediator”, “a superb communicator…really engages the parties”, “…supreme people-manager”, “pre-eminent practitioner (in multi-party cases)”, “a remarkable settlement record”. David sees mediation as an opportunity to express his instincts for peacemaking and reconciliation.

One of the first Mediators to be awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb Mediation) he has also reinstated his previous professional qualification as Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He originally trained as a commercial Mediator with CEDR, topped up by Endispute in Boston, extended by Harvard and finally, in 2010, with Regents College. He is a member of the In Place of Strife Chambers and was awarded the title Master Mediator in 2009.

He wrote “Mediation of Construction Disputes” which was published in 2008 and has since been translated into Turkish and Russian. He is a popular speaker and has written many articles (see www.richbell.org and www.mata.org.uk)