Gary Webber


Overview

Gary Webber is a highly experienced full-time mediator trained both in civil and family mediation. He qualified as a barrister in 1979 and has been mediating since 2003.  He is a founder member of The Property Mediators and deals mainly with cases that involve a property.

Gary lives in Bristol and mediates primarily in London, the South West, the Midlands and Wales.

Mediation experience

Gary has extensive experience, both as a barrister and as a mediator, in:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes (commercial and residential)
  • Disputes involving boundaries, rights of way and other easements
  • Conveyancing and misrepresentation claims
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Property joint ventures
  • Co-ownership
  • Property related negligence claims and other areas of property law.

Gary also has a great deal of experience in family disputes having mediated many cases between parents and children, siblings, separating couples and divorcing partners. Much of this work has related to the dissolution of family businesses, co-ownership, inheritance and administration of estates.

Mediation style

Gary’s style is relaxed, friendly and empathic. He calms things down and listens carefully so as to understand what the parties really want and need. He focuses on solutions and steers the parties in that direction from an early stage in the mediation. He is exceedingly patient but will speak plainly when required. His background in property law allows him quickly to grasp any technical issues, reality test where necessary, suggest possible solutions and to help with the practical matters that arise during drafting. Except in limited circumstances he is not the sort of mediator who goes on late into the night.

Some comments from clients

“Gary's preparation was meticulous, he understood both parties positions and was able to call on this knowledge seamlessly throughout. After a lot of progress was made early in the day, and deadlock was inevitably reached, Gary was very proactive and positive; the flipchart would be a constant reminder of what had already been achieved and how much both parties were compromising.” (Warren Reid, Thrings)

“Gary demonstrated enormous ability to deal with very difficult individuals positively, focussed relentlessly on moving towards chinks of light for a solution and combined highest level EQ and IQ in mediating” (A party)

“My client was very impressed with the way in which Mr Webber handled what was a very emotional situation for her. He brought a real calm to what had been a long running and acrimonious dispute. Mr Webber is a first class mediator.” (Samuel Waritay, barrister)

“My clients and I were delighted with the sensitive but businesslike way you dealt with the mediation, grasping the important key points at an early stage and maintaining pace and progress throughout, towards the eventual (seemingly inevitable) development of a mutually acceptable settlement” (James Taylor, Wards)

“Gary was fantastic. He took the time to understand my clients’ concerns and build a rapport with them, but also knew when to put pressure on to move things along towards a settlement. I shall certainly be recommending him to other clients.” (Joanne Wicks QC, Wilberforce Chambers)

I was so grateful and so appreciative of all your efforts to reduce the tension I was feeling. I felt truly listened to. You’re a wonderful mediator – patient and unfailingly kind – and it must tax your patience sometimes. I’m deeply grateful to you for all your gentleness and kindness – it made what could otherwise have been unbearable, bearable. (A client)

“Gary is a first rate mediator. He is effective, enthusiastic and popular with clients. Should the parties approach a stalemate, he will always search hard for a fresh, creative approach to finding a solution.” (Jane Senior, Wright Hassall)

“Gary listened well and converted what he heard into a significant settlement option. Reflecting on the day, it struck me as a classic example of how mediation can create scope for imaginative solutions, moving the disputing parties towards settlement in a manner they had never quite envisaged at the start of the process.” (David Abrahams – accredited mediator acting as a client)

Accreditation

Gary Webber is trained both as a commercial and civil mediator and as a family mediator. He was accredited as a mediator by the ADR Group in 2003 and has a diploma in Group facilitation, Conflict Resolution and Counselling Skills. He continually seeks to develop his skills and bring these experiences to his mediations.  He is registered as a mediator with the Civil Mediation Council.

Professional background

Gary was a practising barrister for 22 years specialising in property law. Since 2003 he has practised as a mediator specialising in property mediation. For many years he ran training courses in various areas of property law. He is the author of Business Premises: Possession and Lease Renewal, 4ed (Sweet & Maxwell) and co-author of Residential Possession Proceedings, 10ed (Sweet & Maxwell). Gary maintains and is the general editor of the property law website at www.propertylawuk.net and is on the editorial board of the White Book. He is an associate member of Tanfield Chambers and sits as a Deputy District Judge.

Personal

When Gary is not mediating he enjoys travel, cycling and keeping fit, cooking and eating and, occasionally, riding out into the countryside.