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David Harris

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

David’s success rate for settling disputes at mediation is an impressive 86%!  As well as being a trained mediator David is a commercial litigation Solicitor with over 30 years experience and one of the two founding partners in a niche commercial firm.  David has a calm and focused manner.  Using his many years of experience as a lawyer in the commercial sector and his pragmatism and “hands on” approach, he is often able to persuade parties to move from previously entrenched positions to agreed settlements. David has managed to achieve settlements in many bitterly fought disputes, two of which had, prior to David’s involvement, lasted over a decade.


Professional Background

David’s work  includes: property disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes; insolvency disputes; land ownership, boundaries and rights issues; professional negligence; libel; manufacturing disputes; education and school fees issues; commercial agents’ claims; franchise disputes; litigation regarding sales of businesses and “earn out” clauses; banking disputes; disputes regarding directors’ loan accounts/allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, debt disputes, financial disputes, company and company ownership disputes, leasehold and landlord and tenant disputes, intellectual property, copyright, design right, passing off and trade mark litigation.

David’s Recent Mediations include:

  • Claim by commercial agent for termination of a lucrative contract in the fashion industry.
  • Complex property dispute that had been running for many years.
  • Claim by electrical contractors for payment for work carried out on commercial development.
  • Partnership dispute and claim for recovery of sums invested in/loaned to new venture.
  • Negligence claim regarding electrical supply to large manufacturing site.
  • Disputed intellectual property and passing off claim


  • "Started at 10AM, done and dusted by just gone 2 on a matter that had been dragging on for years. Both client and I very impressed. Would definitely use David again."

  • “…David provides pragmatic advice and is very persuasive to parties in settlement negotiations. His skills lie in getting parties to understand their strengths and weaknesses, the costs of litigation, and attention to detail, whilst having a friendly manner…”

  • "...Having had a recent mediation with David, I left very impressed. He managed the process with the upmost professionalism and was willing to go the extra mile to try and achieve a settlement. I have already recommended him to other clients!.."


Personal Interests

David is married, with two children. He is a keen guitarist and lover of blues music


Areas of Specialism

  • Banking
  • Boundary Dispute
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Financial Services
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Libel
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Real Estate
  • Right of Way
  • Shareholder Dispute

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