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Elizabeth Birch


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Q.D.R (Qualified Mediator) 1995; Advanced Mediator training (MATA) 2005; Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, California (IAM); FCIArb 1993; Chartered Arbitrator 1998; Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIA) 1998; Full Member of LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrator’s Association); One of first mediators certified by IMI/MATA for Intercultural Competency 2012.

Elizabeth practised as a barrister in London between 1978 and 2003 specialising in commercial and international law with a particular expertise in maritime law and insurance and reinsurance. Elizabeth now sits solely as a professional mediator and arbitrator in roughly equal measure.

One of the first members of the English Commercial Bar to become accredited as a mediator, in 1995, and has since sat as mediator in a very substantial number of commercial international disputes including high value, technical, multi-party cases. She also sits as arbitrator in commercial and international disputes within her areas of expertise.

She was accredited as a mediator by both the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the British Academy of Experts (QDR) in 1995 and has been mediating for 18 years. Panel Membership includes:

ICDR/AAA (Main International Panel and Oil & Gas Panel)
ICC/LCIA (frequently receives appointments as both arbitrator and mediator)
CPR (New York) for distinguished international arbitrators and mediators
SMC (Singapore Mediation Centre)
SCMA (Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration)
Full Member of the LMAA and receives appointments under LMAA terms
CIA – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (arbitration and mediation)
The Lloyd’s of London Scheme
FEPA/DEFRA Representation Committee (available to hear appeals as Chairman against refusal of licences for dumping at sea)
She was a member of both the first ADR Commercial Court Working Party chaired by Mr Justice Colman into the use of mediation and early neutral evaluation in the Commercial Court in London, which led to the early Commercial Court Practice Directions on ADR, and the ADR Service Providers Association working party, chaired by Sir Brian Neill, which led to the creation of the UK Civil Mediation Council. She has also been a member of the Bar Council ADR Committee and the Bar Council Arbitration Committee. Member of the British Maritime Law Association, the CIArb Arbitration Club’s Mother Group, Maritime and Oil & Gas Branches. Member of the Baltic Exchange and the Lamport Hall Group.

Elizabeth has been recommended for ADR in Chambers & Partners’ Directory since 1998-1999 to 2010 and was named as one of the top ten mediators in the UK in a survey carried out by “In Brief” journal in July 2002 and again in a survey conducted by Legal Week in September 2005. Comments include: “Gifted mediator”; “Inspires confidence”; “gets results”; “the consummate professional”; “; “reliable and experienced performer“; “her gentle persona hides a solid steel intellect” and “tough as nails and a good operator in the marketplace“; “grapples with the issues head on”.

To reach out to Liz and say thank you, you can contact her via email: