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David Hooper FRICS (Expert)Mediator in Norwich, Norfolk

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David Hooper FRICS (Expert)


MA FRICS FAAV RICS Accredited Mediator ADR Group Accredited Mediator


Mediation (Civil & Commercial) • Landlord and Tenant • Rent Reviews • Rural planning • Compensation claims • Valuation of assets


National Mediation Database

Ranked in the top 5 mediators by feedback on the National Mediator Database (June 18)

DMC - Quality Assured - Qualified

DMC Certified Associate


David has over 30 years' experience in business and property consultancy, during which he has helped clients to deal with most of the difficulties likely to be encountered in business, the farming sector and the rural community. Whether family disagreements, partnership problems, property disputes or commercial conflicts, he has helped parties in dispute to find mutually beneficial or commercially workable solutions. He is an expert in negotiation skills and has been able to help clients clarify and express their interests more effectively in the context of negotiations and in the forum of mediation.

David has a clear, analytical mind which helps him focus parties on the key issues in a dispute; he is an imaginative, lateral thinker, able to encourage the parties to look for new ways to settle their differences or restructure their business or personal relationships.


Professional Experience

As a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer David's experience includes:

• Landlord and Tenant matters (Agricultural Holdings Act and Agricultural Tenancies Act)
• Rent Reviews
• End of Tenancy negotiations
• Contract Farming arrangements
• Single Payment Scheme claims and investigations
• Rural planning; assessments of agricultural need; certificates of lawfulness; removal of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions; appeals; defence against enforcement notices
• Compensation claims arising from the acquisition of land, or rights in land
• Valuation of assets for all purposes, including bank security, taxation, estate planning, matrimonial and business disputes
• Negotiating rights of way, easements and wayleaves for pipelines, underground cables and overhead lines
• Negotiating options and lease terms for telecommunications masts and wind farms
• Arbitration; ALT advocacy; expert reports

Areas of practice

David is now engaged full time in mediation and expert witness work: see Mediation Experience



“David listened carefully to each party and managed to build a consensus ... After several hours of diligent work,... David managed to secure a settlement. I was extremely impressed with the way David listened to each party (one of whom was unrepresented) and managed to get them to focus on the 'bigger picture'. I would definitely use David as a mediator again, and would have no hesitation in recommending him as a mediator to others”. Solicitor, contract dispute.

"Mr Hooper was an excellent and effective mediator. He has completely overcome my bias in favour of lawyer mediators." A. Nicholls, litigation specialist, Keystone Law.

"I was somewhat pessimistic about the chances of agreeing a settlement given their differences, ... but you managed to hold it together! I was very impressed." Solicitor, contract dispute.

"Very fair, professional, calm, friendly" Private individual, building contract dispute.

"..a difficult matter with high expectations and emotion handled well.." Solicitor, boundary dispute.

"I was impressed with his grasp of the problems along with his calm manner. Although strictly neutral, I felt that he understood our worries and feelings." Private individual, drainage dispute.

"David was calm, authoritative and reassuring." Solicitor, boundary dispute.

"Thank you for your professionalism. I would use mediation (and, of course, your services) again." Land agent, tenancy dispute.

"You were sympathetic to the personalities involved and handled the whole process with great skill and sensitivity in order to reach a very satisfactory settlement for both parties." Solicitor, disputed will.

"It was the first time I have worked with a non-solicitor mediator and I am very impressed. I will certainly recommend you in the future" Solicitor, boundary dispute.

"Thank you so, so much...[we] are delighted with the result". Private client, boundary dispute.



Mediation Experience

David mediates regularly throughout England and Wales. His mediations have involved:
  • Boundaries
  • Rights of way
  • Drainage
  • Dilapidations – commercial, residential  and agricultural 
  • Breach of contract – defective goods, failure to pay etc.
  • Wills – coercion, fraud, lack of capacity etc
  • 1975 Inheritance Act claims
  • Professional negligence – surveyors, solicitors
  • 1954 Act leases- possession; breach of terms
  • AHA 1986 Act tenancies – breach of terms; rent review; improvements; surrender: Notices to Remedy; Notices to Quit
  • FBT 1995 Act tenancies
  • Housing Act 1988 Assured Shorthold leases
  • Partnership dissolution
  • Succession 
  • Professional fees
  • Building and refurbishment projects
  • Construction and development
  • Farming contracts
  • Agronomy
  • Failure to complete house purchases
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Valuation

Panel Membership

Dispute Mediation Consultancy  
Civil Mediation Council
Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

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