Colin Manning

Mediator - Head of Group

Call: 1970 

“Never flummoxed or flustered”; “a calming presence and a voice of reason”

Practice Summary

Colin has been an accredited mediator since 1997 (CEDR). He is a Registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council and is now one of the most experienced and widely regarded commercial mediators at the Bar. He brings to the mediation process considerable knowledge gained from his wide commercial practice. He is able to relate easily to clients and understand their needs, whilst adopting a commercial, realistic, friendly but firm approach. His mediation services are provided by the mediation group at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, and is available to provide his services anywhere in the country or abroad.

Colin mediates in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contract, professional negligence of all types, partnership, company, shareholder disputes, construction, employment, property, landlord and tenant, copyright, trusts and probate and international trade. He has conducted several hundred mediations including multi-party disputes, from multi-million pound claims to those involving comparatively small sums. Colin has also acted as joint mediator when required and in “MED/ARB dispute resolution.

He was a founder member of Littleton Chambers Mediation Group, and is Chair of the Bar Council ADR Panel. He is on the commercial mediation sub-group of the CMC Mediation Sectors Committee and on the advisory board for the Jackson ADR Handbook.

Colin has been a barrister for over 40 years and has wide experience in litigating commercial and business law disputes involving contract, international trade, share purchase/sale, partnership, professional and clinical negligence, entertainment and media (in particular film, music and video rights), building and construction, computer (technical and copyright), landlord and tenant and employment. His practice has led him to travel to Paris, Geneva, Chicago Gibraltar and Sierra Leone.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and served as a Recorder for 16 years.In addition, he has chaired Primary Care Trust Tribunal inquiries into the fitness of doctors and dentists to remain on NHS Performers’ Lists. He has also taken evidence on commission for use in foreign proceedings.

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