ADR Group Commercial Mediator

Charles has been advising on commercial dispute resolution for over 25 years conducting over 350 commercial mediations. Charles has conducted well over 400 commercial mediations and in addition has considerable experience of taking clients through the mediation process.  He is committed to ADR as a quick and cost effective method of resolving disputes and has been referred to in Legal 500 as “outstanding” and in Chambers as “an outstanding mediator”.


professional background

Charles was a partner at Pinsent Curtis solicitors in Leeds for six years and Shoosmiths in Nottingham for five years before joining a well-known national law firm as Partner in 2001.  Charles’ experience as a mediator includes: 

- Professional negligence claims (solicitors, architects, accountants and surveyors)

- Shareholder/warranty disputes

- Contractual and negligence claims

- Banking and asset finance disputes

- Employment disputes

- Commercial Agents claims

- Construction & property claims (including Landlord and Tenant and fire damage claims)

- Partnership disputes – particularly Solicitors partnership disputes

- Personal injury claims

- Contested Wills & dependency claims

- Franchise disputes

- Product liability claims


“Outstanding” – Legal 500

A "pragmatic and commercial" mediator who is "good at getting results”. Chambers and Partners (2016)

“Charles Powell is held in high esteem for his ability in areas such as professional negligence, partnership disputes and planning. Sources praise his "great combination of politely questioning people and being very imaginative when it comes to finding solutions”. One interviewee added: "He's very good at finding the middle ground. For a good sound commercial mediator I'd always have him on my list”.  Chambers and Partners (2015)


"pragmatic and determined Charles Powell receives strong endorsements. "He is patient with the parties," sources say, "and yet at the same time ensures they remain focused upon achieving settlement. He has a relaxed and informal manner that assists particularly when the mood between the parties can be tense”.  Chambers and Partners (2014)


Charles is a mediator who is "well prepared and practical, with excellent interpersonal skills”. "Pragmatic and open with both parties”, Charles "builds a good rapport," and earns the trust of involved parties by "minimising the focus on legal issues and getting people to focus and be commercial”. Chambers and Partners (2013)


"the calm and measured Powell diffuses high tensions with his strong commercial practicality and sensitivity in mediations" Chambers and Partners (2012)


"unflappable and level-headed; he takes a realistic approach and has sound judgement” Chambers and Partners (2011)


panel memberships

Charles is a founder member of the Association of Midlands Mediators an active member of the ADR Group and a member of the Sport Resolutions mediation panel. He is a regular speaker at seminars on mediation in particular

and ADR in general

and author of many articles and newsletters on the subject of mediation.

personal interests

Charles is married and has three sons. His outside interests are mainly sporting. He is an enthusiastic but erratic golfer and a spectator at football, cricket and rugby. He is a member of the National Trust, the Guild of Freemen of the City of York and a past President of the Old Nottinghamians’ Society.

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