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Paul Whittle (Senior)Mediator in Ipswich, Suffolk & London area

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Paul Whittle (Senior)

Qualifications:

LL.M GDipLaw BSc(Hons) DipSurv MCIOB ACIArb Commercial Mediator

Services:

Specialist mediator in construction and engineering disputes

Mediation feedback

Paul's recent feedback includes:

  • "Top drawer mediator!

    I have extensive experience in the building industry and have encountered every form of building and construction dispute from time to time, ranging from a few thousand pounds to around £50m. Had I known of Mr Whittle sooner, finding the right path for resolve and at the right rate would have been achieved then as well as now. Highly recommended!" - Defendant party.

    "Both parties were adamant over their positions and the matter had dragged on for too long without any change. Paul enabled the £80,000 gulf to be resolved in a matter of hours. Both parties have had to give a bit, but the matter is now history and they have both learned something important in business." - Solicitor for defendant.

    "Paul Whittle was brilliant, before the mediation, during and after. Both party's came to satisfactory agreement which I believe would not have been possible without Paul's amazing mediation skills." Party - Litigant in person

    ‘Great manner during the mediation, quickly developed rapport and was alert to emotions’ - Solicitor for claimant.

    'Used professional experience to fully reality test the parties..." - Solicitor for defendant

    "Put my client to ease immediately, great mediator" - Solicitor for defendant

    "Paul was extremely professional and was fully cognisant with the type of business he was mediating" - Solicitor for claimant

    "Right choice of mediator, especially as other party was litigant in person, Paul was approachable and friendly, and did well to get the party's to settlement." Solicitor for claimant

Professional background

An accredited Commercial Mediator and Director of his own construction company, Paul Whittle is a natural choice for mediating construction and engineering disputes. With extensive experience of senior management, he communicates effectively with people at all levels of business, building trust, understanding and a ‘safe' environment in which to negotiate and bring resolution. Paul is currently studying for his Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

Paul is an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB), an Associate of the Association for Project Management and is accredited to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as a Commercial Mediator.

 

Mediation Experience

Paul mediates within the construction, engineering and real estate sectors. He is willing to travel external to his local area. Mediations have included contractor/sub-contractor payment, agreement and contract disputes, clients and main contractor disputes, boundary disputes, lease agreements and professional negligence against consultants.

Paul has completed the following commercial mediations via private and panel appointments.

  • Refurbishment defects to multi-million pound apartment in central London.
  • Electrical contractor claims for works carried out to a warehouse.
  • Boundary dispute focused upon Party Wall issues and infringements.
  • Boundary dispute focusing on removal of trees and boundary line.
  • Home-owner claiming for defective works carried out by a joinery company.
  • Roofing sub-contractor claims against large national contractor over works to a national supermarket chain.
  • Construction extension of time and claims arising from a new build industrial warehouse.
  • Employment dispute - Construction company accountant and non-payment of invoices by main contractor.
  • Dispute over defects and non-payment to new-build home.
  • Dispute over defective liner and claims for damage/losses that followed.
  • Dispute between Charitable Trust and Contractor over non-payment for works carried out
  • Dispute between contractor and homeowner over non-payment and defects.
  • Dispute between a property development company and the main contractor over variations.
  • Dispute for a lease agreement on a commercial property between the landlord and tenant.
  • Dispute over interim applications from a bricklaying sub-contractor to main contractor.

Education & professional experience

Education and Professional Career

2004 - 2006 Diploma in Surveying

2005 – Appointed Company Secretary

2008 – Appointed Construction Director

2006 – 2010 BSc (Hons) Construction Management

2011 – RICS & MATA Accredited Commercial Mediator

2012 - 2014 – LLM (Master of Law) Construction Law and Practice

2013 - 2015 – Graduate Diploma in Law

2014 – ongoing – MSc Quantity Surveying

Life style

Paul is married with two young sons. Paul has an interest in many sports but especially golf for which he is a past county champion.

CV

DMC - Quality Assured - Qualified

DMC Certified Associate

Introduction and areas of expertise

Paul has spent his entire working life in construction. He began working for a construction business in 1994 working on a range of domestic, commercial and industrial projects. Paul quickly moved into a managerial position supervising small to medium sized sites, organising and controlling labour and plant resources. Paul’s work progressed to managing a number of larger domestic, commercial and industrial sites. His management successfully covered many new-build homes (many with very high quality specifications), civil engineering and industrial projects including mechanical engineering (M&E) installations. Paul’s work spanned from the creation of tenders and estimates on a range of projects, the management of live projects, the valuation of interim applications and agreement of final accounts pursuant to those projects.

Through both his management of projects and high levels of academic and professional education, Paul has gained expert knowledge of standard forms of contract (JCT and ECC), contract and construction law and the negotiation and resolution of construction, engineering and property disputes. Paul is the author of Construction Claims for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors resource website ISURV.

Paul's construction and surveying background gives him expertise of the commercial needs of parties in commercial mediation. His background of dealing with project and business negotiation together with coaching with MATA equals a proven but natural ability in commercial negotiation.

Paul's has a strong commercial knowledge and experience honed by many senior management years of negotiating with effective communication skills and dealing with consultants and clients on a wide range of construction and engineering projects.

 

 

Panel membership

Paul is an Accredited Associate of the Dispute Mediation Consultancy and member of the following organisations:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Commercial Mediator
  • MATA Commercial Mediator
  • Chartered Institute of Building - Chartered Construction Manager
  • International Mediation Institute - Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitration - Associate
  • Adjudication Society - Member

 

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