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Jeff Lewis

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

Jeff has been an accredited mediator since 2000 and has conducted a large number of mediations. He is a Partner and Head of Litigation at a Top 100 law firm, and a Deputy District Judge. Having seen disputes from many different angles, he's acutely aware of the dynamics of litigation and able to bring his many years' experience to bear in helping parties to resolve disputes. He is empathetic and understanding but isn't afraid to ask searching questions and 'tell it straight' when necessary. Mediation clients value his calm, forensic manner and admire his ability 'to settle the un-settleable'.


Professional Background

Jeff qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and heads up the Commercial Litigation department at a top 100 UK law firm.  He has extensive experience in claims for breach of contract and professional negligence. He also specialises in all areas of Property Litigation and was involved in one of the leading Court of Appeal cases on dilapidations.  Jeff also has a wide experience of acting in shareholder and partnership disputes and has considerable experience of litigating disputes within the sports industry and the financial services sector.

Jeff is an experienced mediator and is on a number of mediator panels.  He mediates regularly on a variety of issues and is highly sought after, receiving mediation referrals from a variety of sources, including a large number of repeat clients.  He is particularly experienced in mediating contract disputes, property disputes (including landlord and tenant disputes), professional negligence claims, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes and contentious probate matters.


Other Experience

Jeff has sat as a Deputy District Judge since 2001. He also holds Higher Rights of Audience in civil cases. As a solicitor, he has been listed as a Leading Individual for the last 9 years in both Chambers and the Legal 500 Guides to the Legal Profession.

Jeff is a past President of Manchester Law Society and sat on its Council for 15 years. He chaired its Civil Litigation Committee for 7 years and continues to sit on various Court Users’ Committees.  He has been elected to represent the Manchester area on the Council of The Law Society and also sits on The Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee.

Jeff has been listed as one of the 250 most influential people in Greater Manchester.



  • ‘A leading individual and that he 'provides a personable and highly professional service; he has a strong grasp of the commercial aspects of a case' and is noted for his 'determination, especially when speed is of paramount importance’. - The Legal 500.
  •  ‘If you are looking for a level headed, intelligent, knowledgeable and capable mediator, Jeff Lewis should be on your proposed list.’ Peter Vinden, The Vinden Partnership.

  •  “The “clever and strategic” Jeff Lewis is widely considered to be among the leading commercial litigators in the North West” – Chambers & Partners.


Personal Interests

Despite having lived in Manchester since 1987, he still supports Notts County and clings to the hope that they will one day be successful.  When he is not dreaming, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, theatre and presenting a radio-programme.


Areas of Specialism

  • Contract
  • Financial Services
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Sport
  • Wills and Probate

Get in Touch

ADR Group
The Dounsells, Mores Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5RZ

General Office Enquiries
020 3600 5050

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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