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Emma Gooding

Civil & Commercial and Workplace Mediator


Practice Overview

Accredited in 2008, Emma is an experienced mediator specialising in civil & commercial and workplace disputes.  Her considerable experience as a lawyer representing parties at mediation has led to a deep understanding of the parties’ commercial interests and an ability to see all sides of the dispute.  This, combined with careful preparation, allows for swift and effective progress to be made on the mediation day.


Emma’s international experience means she is adept at dealing with parties from a wide variety of backgrounds and business cultures.  She is able quickly to get to the heart of a case, combining her legal abilities with her personal warmth and ability to build rapport with individual and corporate clients alike. 


Emma is calm, creative and adaptable, using the mediation process flexibly to overcome any barriers to settlement and keep the parties on track. Facilitative and perceptive, she is nevertheless not afraid to ask difficult questions and challenge preconceptions. Her ability to build rapport and her excellent communication skills, combined with a tenacious and proactive approach, allow her to deal with high levels of conflict and entrenched positions, and to defuse difficult dynamics. 


Clients have noted in particular her warm approach and ability to find a way forward, achieving settlement in cases where all parties had thought this would be impossible.


Professional Background

Prior to becoming a mediator, Emma worked as a commercial dispute resolution solicitor with Allen & Overy in London and with Herbert Smith in Hong Kong, on a broad range of commercial, financial services and employment disputes.  She also taught commercial dispute resolution, mediation and mediation advocacy for a number of years at the University of Hong Kong, combining this with her mediation practice in Hong Kong.  Emma has now relocated back to the United Kingdom, where she is spends the greater part of her time mediating commercial and workplace disputes, in addition to providing workplace conflict coaching and neutral evaluations



“Emma is a highly competent and warm mediator. She did an excellent job of building a relationship with the parties, focusing them throughout and managing the whole process” 


“She approached the mediation with energy and personal warmth, encouraging the parties to actively engage in the mediation” 


“A sure-footed and accomplished mediator. Emma was highly effective at managing the parties and made huge progress at mediation, leading to an early settlement which at the outset had seemed unlikely” 


Areas of Specialism

  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Licensing
  • Media
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Probate
  • Workplace

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General Office Enquiries
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Office Hours
Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Out of Office Contact
Mark Belford +44 7703 308 923

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