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John French

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

John’s outstanding experience and knowledge of the civil and commercial legal sectors means he is very well placed to act as a mediator and settle a full variety of disputes at all stages of the litigation process. He prides himself on being able to provide a practical and efficient problem solving approach which helps parties achieve an agreement which suits all involved. John has excellent commercial acumen and time spent working in sales and marketing combined with his excellent legal experience, enables John to bring his highly empathetic communication and negotiation skills to the fore.



Professional Background

John is a solicitor and Partner in the civil/commercial litigation department of a Legal 500 law firm based in Coventry, West Midlands.  John is particularly adept at dealing with disputes in the following areas of law:


  • Contract/consumer
  • Shareholder/Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Probate/Wills
  • Property especially boundary disputes and landlord/tenant matters
  • Employment including Restraint of Trade
  • Environmental (Noise Abatement/Health and Safety)
  • Regulatory (Planning/Building Regulations)


Before qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, he solved thousands of legal problems over the telephone in his role as an advisor for nine years for First Assist Legal Services Limited, a leading provider of telephone legal advisory and counselling services.


Prior to this, John had a sales/marketing career including stints for Coca-Cola and Schweppes Limited as well as Carlsberg-Tetley Limited.  His diverse background combined with his very sound legal experience enables him to mediate effectively on a wide range of disputes.



"I should like to take this opportunity to thank Mr French for his sterling service in assisting the two parties to resolve what, at certain times, has appeared to be an intractable neighbour dispute…In short, I would like to express my thanks to Mr French for his expertise in handling these parties, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services to other people in need of a skilful mediator." - Civil Litigation Solicitor


Other Experience

  • President of the Warwickshire Law Society 2018/19  
  • Qualified Barrister (called 1996) and a member of Lincoln’s Inn



Personal Interests

John is married with one daughter, lives in Coventry and enjoys all sports particularly football and cricket. He is a member and player for Stoke Golding Cricket Club which plays in Leicestershire Senior League.  John is also a lifelong supporter of Liverpool FC and enjoys reading political and sporting biographies.


Areas of Specialism

  • Boundary Dispute
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Regulatory
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Wills and Probate

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