David is an experienced Chartered Surveyor and a highly sought after mediator, arbitrator and expert witness, regularly appointed in a wide variety of disputes. These range from boundary and right of way disputes to complex partnership dissolutions, compensation claims and contractual disputes relating to both property and businesses. He is an excellent communicator, with an incisive, analytical mind. He is a lateral thinker which, combined with his professional experience, enables him to help parties find practical solutions to their disputes. His style is relaxed and informal, but he is willing to ask hard questions to keep parties focussed on practical solutions to the issues in dispute.
David’s background as a chartered surveyor in rural practice for over 35 years gives him a unique insight into the problems faced by farmers, landowners and those living and working in the rural community.
His specialist areas include valuation, planning, compensation, agricultural legislation, tenancies and rent reviews. He also has vast experience of mediating construction, professional negligence, partnership and wills and probate disputes.
Recent mediations have included:
“David Hooper was excellent! I would certainly recommend him to colleagues and to opponents. He was well prepared, very patient and considered, respectful to my clients whilst remaining focussed, pragmatic and commercially minded re settlement. My clients and I were all very pleased with him and very happy with the result.” Solicitor, commercial contract dispute, January 2016
“The mediator was very skilful at assisting the parties to overcome an impasse right at the end, getting a settlement when it looked impossible. Everybody parted on good terms, due in no small part to the way in which the mediator set the tone of the day right from the outset. Truly excellent”. Solicitor, compensation dispute, October 2015
“David is an experienced mediator. He quickly builds rapport with the parties and their advisers. David is skilled at assisting parties to find a way forward through a complex case where there are numerous issues involved. He has the ability to help people see the "big picture" whilst at the same time having excellent attention to detail and an outstanding memory of facts and perceptions. I would highly recommend him as a Mediator”. Solicitor, contract dispute, May 2015
"Mr Hooper was an excellent and effective mediator. He has completely overcome my bias in favour of lawyer mediators." Solicitor, property contract dispute.
“David was a great help in resolving this dispute which had an imbalance of commerciality between the parties. He effectively and sensibly dealt with these issues, and managed to bring the parties to a settlement. He was then extremely helpful in ironing out issues that arose when drafting the Settlement Order. I would certainly recommend David, and would not hesitate to use him as a Mediator again.” Solicitor, commercial contract dispute.
“David listened carefully to each party and managed to build a consensus ... After several hours of diligent work,... David managed to secure a settlement. I was extremely impressed with the way David listened to each party (one of whom was unrepresented) and managed to get them to focus on the 'bigger picture'. I would definitely use David as a mediator again, and would have no hesitation in recommending him as a mediator to others”. Solicitor, contract dispute.
“I was somewhat pessimistic about the chances of agreeing a settlement given their differences, ... but you managed to hold it together! I was very impressed.” Solicitor, contract dispute.
“I was impressed with his grasp of the problems along with his calm manner. Although strictly neutral, I felt that he understood our worries and feelings.” Party, drainage dispute.
“David was calm, authoritative and reassuring.” Solicitor, boundary dispute.
“Thank you for your professionalism. I would use mediation (and, of course, your services) again.” Land agent, tenancy dispute.
“You were sympathetic to the personalities involved and handled the whole process with great skill and sensitivity in order to reach a very satisfactory settlement for both parties.” Solicitor, disputed will.
“It was the first time I have worked with a non-solicitor mediator and I am very impressed. I will certainly recommend you in the future” Solicitor, boundary dispute.
“Thank you so, so much...[we] are delighted with the result”. Party, boundary dispute.