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What Others Say

Mediation Services

"After 25 years of good old fashioned litigation I would describe myself as a mediation sceptic, that is, until I experienced Toby Walker and the team at ADR Group who showed me and my clients how it's really done and why it can be relied upon to produce results"

Mediation Services 

"ADR Group is a well-run and efficient service provider.  They listen to your mediation requirements with care and make sure they pair you with a mediator suited to your needs.  Everything is done in a very timely manner.  My first point of call, always" 

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"ADR Group make organising mediations easy"

Mediation Training 

"I had already trained with a lesser known mediation company, though I wish I hadn't. Once I started to train with ADR Group, I realised how much i'd missed out on and how much I had to gain by training correctly. The trainers at ADR Group were the most helpful, friendly, informative and supportive trainers I could have ever wished for. The training was fun, informative and interesting and I am forever grateful to ADR Group for helping me along the way."

Joanna Nutley

Mediator Training

"I was extremely impressed by both the content and the delivery of the course particularly given the need to deliver it remotely. I have heard colleagues talk about mediation training that they have undertaken recently with other providers and this course would certainly appear to be more comprehensive than those."


Mediation Services

"I must say I was very impressed with the service received from the ADR Group and I will certainly be using you again in the future. Right from the start I was highly impressed with Sam; his responsiveness and communication was excellent."  Legal Counsel  

Our Mediators

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Richard Whittingham

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

Since qualifying as a mediator in 2000, Richard has mediated over eighty mediations nearly all of which settled on the day. He has conducted mediations in a wide range of disputes including breach of contract, professional negligence (generally involving solicitors) and issues involving senior employees.


He is an excellent communicator and skilled at identifying the key underlying issues in complex disputes and encouraging the parties to focus upon essentials.


Professional Background

Richard has over thirty years experience as a commercial litigator based in London and Birmingham specialising in breach of contract claims, professional negligence and contested probate disputes.  He has long been an advocate of mediation as a pragmatic and cost effective means of dispute resolution and was from 2009 a director of ADR Net and Chairman from 2010 until 2013. He has also spoken on the subject of mediation at a number of events.



"...Richard was excellent yesterday.  Richard managed to get a settlement out of a situation where I think all parties felt there was no hope of achieving resolution.  Richard is clearly very skilful.  He’s also interesting, engaging and endears himself to the parties.  I can only highly recommend Richard and will certainly be using him again."  Amy Cousineau of Woodstock Legal Services


“Well respected mediator” Legal 500


“ Hugely experienced and quick to get to the heart of the matter” Partner  of national firm


“Very able and shows great tact in dealing with difficult parties” Partner of international firm


“ Richard is a first class mediator worthy of instruction on any challenging matter” Internationally recognised authority on mediation.


“Richard is an intelligent, patient and creative dispute resolution professional. He has superb communication and interpersonal skills, and a sparkingly (or dry!) sense of humour that help ease the pressure when negotiations get tough. His wealth of legal knowledge inspires confidence in those who instruct him and clients who respect his contributions. In short, Richard is a first class mediator worthy of appointment on any challenging dispute.“ Internationally recognised authority on mediation.


Articles and Publications


Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Insolvency
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Wills and Probate

Latest News

Angus Crawford and Garry Ferguson

We are extremely pleased to welcome Angus Crawford and Garry Ferguson to our Panel of mediators.  Mark Belford says "Angus and Garry have a wealth of mediation experience and add further strength to our mediator panel. They are both available for appointments throughout the UK, but having a presence in Scotland is an exciting step forward for ADR Group."

13 Feb 2023

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