A highly experienced civil and workplace mediator willing to mediate almost any type of dispute either remotely using online platforms or face to face. Lawrence combines a highly commercial approach with a commonsense attitude. He is extremely effective at keeping all parties focused on finding workable solutions.
Lawrence qualified as a solicitor in 1989 having read Law at UCL and Queens’ College, Cambridge. He has 30 years’ experience as a commercial solicitor helping clients ranging from individuals to very large multi-national corporations to negotiate commercial resolutions to their disputes. He was a partner at the Simkins Partnership for many years then founded the specialist entertainment and media firm Harrison Curtis. In addition to his mediation work Lawrence continues to practice as a consultant solicitor with Swan Turton LLP.
Since training as a mediator with ADR Group in 2009 he has mediated and helped successfully resolve hundreds of disputes and developed a successful mediation practice in the South West.
Lawrence has experience in mediating and successfully resolving disputes in the following areas:
Wills and Inheritance disputes, including 1975 Act and proprietary estoppel claims
Trusts and Estate disputes
Complex TOLATA cases involving properties and businesses
Copyright and IP Disputes
Professional Negligence claims
Electoral boundary disputes
Boundary/right of way issues
Company (Shareholder/Director) and Partnership disputes
More than 85% of the disputes Lawrence has mediated have resulted in a settlement on the day.
Lawrence lives and works in Bath and mediates throughout the South West.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Lawrence Harrison trained as a civil and commercial mediator with ADR Group and as a workplace mediator with Steve Hindmarsh. He was accredited as a mediator by the ADR Group in 2009 and was awarded the National Certificate of Mediation Skills (workplace) in 2019. He is registered as a mediator with the Civil Mediation Council and was appointed a Fellow of the CMC in 2022.
Civil & Commercial
“ [Lawrence] was very engaging and clearly had grasped the issues in advance and prepared accordingly “
(Estate Solicitor – Probate Dispute)
“Lawrence was calm and constructive and was able to get our clients to focus on essentials although the client was clearly emotionally distressed “
(Claimant Solicitor - same Probate Dispute
“Effective communication, quickly developed a rapport with the client.”
(Barrister- Will Dispute)
“Mr Harrison listened carefully to the issues and what our client wanted. He was patient and put our client at ease.“
“Empathetic, realistic and good grasp of the issues.“
(Solicitor – Music Industry Dispute)
“Lawrence had clearly read in careful detail the papers which reassured the client that he had a grasp of the issues. He was available whenever needed throughout the day and kept checking in with us to keep the momentum of the day going.“
(Solicitor – Inheritance Dispute)
“Mediation was fabulous and it really helped the team, they are in a much better place and now have an understanding of each other, tools were given to the team to use if it got tricky again which they are finding helps to have them just in case!”
(Manager’s feedback to Referrer)