David is an experienced commercial mediator having spent most of his career successfully resolving disputes. He has excellent interpersonal skills which are being supported by his training an practice as a business executive coach and accredited Myers Briggs Type practitioner. His mediation style is facilitative and with a strong belief in the empowerment of the individual. He delivers negotiation skills workshops for local authorities in the Midlands having been a visiting lecturer for the last ten years at the universities of Bangor, Chester and Leicester.
As a practising solicitor he has a sound technical grasp of the law and for over 20 years was the leading editor of Atkin’s Court Forms on Companies Winding up. David is fluent in French and German and conducts mediations bilingually in French and German. David covers all areas of commercial dispute resolution including Insolvency and debt procedures, professional negligence, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes and banking disputes.
• Graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Heidelberg
• Licensed insolvency practitioner
• Advanced practitioner executive coach
• Lifetime Achievement Award from Nottinghamshire Law Society
• Holder of many public roles including President of the Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Recent Mediation Cases
• Claims under contract between an NHS Primary Care Trust and Foundation Trust, value in excess of £250 million
• Breach of contract claims between NHS Hospital Trust and main outsourcing contractor.
• Liquidation and distribution of assets of substantial joint venture property company.
• Sale of goods dispute between French manufacturer and UK distributor.
• Compensation claim under Commercial Agents Regulations.
• Multiparty dispute between liquidator and directors for breach of trust and misfeasance
• Dispute involving foreign exchange transactions between non UK nationals
• Professional negligence actions against accountants
• Office holder claims in liquidation by assignee against directors and contributories
• Freedom for the Wolves – has often meant the death of the sheep, International Insolvency Law (October 2013) Volume 4 IILR 4/2013
• Jung at Heart, Law Society Gazette (February 2012). The role of personality profiling in the legal profession
• The Happy Lawyer, Law Society Gazette (November 2010). An inquiry into the causes of lawyer unhappiness
• The failed leader: Why do CEO’s crash and burn? Recovery Magazine (June 2010). An analysis of the personal failures of some actual and historic business leaders
• Requests by Foreign Officeholders to stay pending proceedings in England and Wales: The role of the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (November 2009) RWS Verlag, with Professor Adrian Walters and Anton Smith. Contribution of the authors to Festschrift for Hans P Runkel on cross border insolvency regulations
• Insolvenzkulturen- Kampf oder Harmonsierung? Eine angelsächische Perspektive. Neue Zeitschrift für das Recht der Insolvenz und Sanierung NZI 7/2008
• The Abilene Paradox, Recovery Magazine (March 2008). A discussion of the perils of Group Think
• Fraudulent Trading – An emerging jurisprudence. Some reflections on the provisions of Section 213 Insolvency Act 1986, Festschrift for Dr Eberhard Braun, (2007)
• Business with Germany – A short guide for clients, Geldards LLP, 2006
‘Thank you for a wonderful experience…It was invaluable to see your style in action. You received many compliments whilst I was waiting with the lawyers. I was particularly impressed by your calm persuasion to get the room together and the gentle way in which you handled the clients when they needed it. I think without this everything would have broken down.’ AB, Mediator, May 2015
‘You hugely impressed and inspired me as a mediator. You have remarkable personal skills…’ Head of Legal Services and Procurement, Regional Development Agency
‘I thought you managed a long and at times difficult process calmly, professionaly and well – thanks.’ CEO, NHS Primary Care Trust
‘I have huge respect for David’s perception, his abilities and his finely honed skills in this regards. I would wholeheartedly recommend David and have no hesitateion in saying that he will give his all to help other to progress.’ Tim Roberts, Senior Lecturer Professional Development Unit, University of Chester Programme Leader MA Conflict Management & Transformation
‘I have huge respect for David’s perception, his abilities and his finely honed skills in this regard. I would wholeheartedly recommend David and have no hesitation in saying that he will give his all to help others to progress.’ Tim Roberts, Senior Lecturer Professional Development Unit, University of Chester Programme Leader MA Conflict Management & Transformation
‘An excellent and informative seminar, charismatically presented by a clearly professional practitioner of considerable knowledge and expertise. I think that providing a full day for the course would only add to the benefits received by attendees ... half a day is not enough to take as much from Mr Griffiths as we would like to!’ Local authority senior solicitor, December 2015
David is married with two adult daughters. He enjoys reading history and theology. He plays tennis and sails dinghies at a modest level. He has completed the Camino de Santiago, walking over 500 kilometres in 19 days as well as the Camino Portugese, 600 kilometres in 23 days. His next challenge is the Camino Mozarabe, 1000 kilometres.