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Kerry Gwyther

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

Kerry has over 20 years of experience of dispute resolution and incident management and has acted in a number of complex multi-party actions involving national and international organisations. Kerry’s approach is pro-active and directed at resolving the relevant dispute quickly and in a cost-efficient manner. He has the ability to assimilate complex information quickly and to understand the respective parties’ positions and objectives. He has an empathetic and understanding manner and is used to dealing with businesses and individuals in distressed situations.  He will however challenge parties on their positions where appropriate and work towards finding effective solutions.


Professional Background

Kerry has considerable experience of heavyweight commercial litigation and regularly mediates a range of civil cases (many multi-party) including contract (Breach of warranties, indemnities, misrepresentation), shareholder/partnership/franchising disputes, negligence (medical and professional) and high value ancillary relief and inheritance claims requiring a commercial approach. Cases mediated have covered the private and public sector.

Kerry has been cited in Chambers for mediation as a ‘Leader in his field’, nationally, every year since 2003. He is one of the few ‘dual’ qualified commercial and family property mediators. He is the head of the Commercial Regulatory Practice of a national law firm.


Recent Mediations have included:

  • Dispute between a major franchisor and group of franchisees (10+).  Highly complex international dispute involving termination and continuation of various franchise agreements in several countries.

  • Dispute between two well know firms of solicitors.  Issue arose from the movement of partner to the other firm

  • Private Banking dispute. Multi-party with complex issues of fact and law

  • Insurance dispute including cross claims between a well known insurance company and its agen.  The dispute involved claims of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties and significant reputational issues in the market place

  • Telecommunications multi-million dispute between two major contractor as to terms of agreement and supply arrangements



  • “With an ‘understated and non-confrontational manner’ Gwyther is both ‘persuasive and commercial’ when conducting mediations.” Chambers UK

  • “An authoritative mediator who sources say ‘scores high on diplomacy’” Chambers UK


Personal Interests

He is a keen cricketer and squash player, speaks German and is legal advisor to, and Trustee of, a variety of companies, associations and charities.


Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Inheritance
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shareholder Dispute

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