Brett Lockhart QC

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Brett Lockhart QC

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9056 2258

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What is BMAS?

Areas of Mediation

  • Commercial and Property
  • Compensation Claims
  • Employment and Discrimination
  • Wills & Estates

My Approach to Mediation

Experience has shown that most people who encounter litigation would like an outcome, which avoids the uncertainty of trial. I seek to bring to bear over 35 years in practice of negotiating and distilling a case to the essential points. I favour a focused and time-limited mediation with a strong emphasis on achieving an outcome, which is both confidential and fair. A good relationship with both lawyers representing their clients and the parties themselves is often a critical factor in creating an appropriate space for compromise.

My Mediation Training & Experience

My training was provided by the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Civil & Commercial Mediation Training between September-November 2014.

I have attended numerous seminars and also attend events where CPD points are accredited. Additionally, I carry out private study to keep up to date with statutory legislation.

I have been an MIB Arbitrator since 2006 and have arbitrated in 94 cases and conducted 10 appeals. I have also additional arbitration experience in commercial and construction cases. I am also an independent assessor in relation to compensation under the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Since November 2014, I have mediated 59 commercial mediations, including construction and partnership disputes, the interpretation of commercial agreements, employment cases, professional negligence claims and disagreements over land. In addition, I have also represented a large number of clients at mediations and arbitrations.

A substantial majority of the mediations with which I have been involved have resolved.

I am a former Chairman of the Bar Mediation and Arbitration Services Committee.

My Legal Background

I was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1982 and to the Inner Bar in 2006. I have an extensive commercial and chancery practice, specialising in professional negligence, construction law, land law, general contract and education law.

I have been appointed to the following panels:-

The Crown Senior Panel.
Assets Recovery Agency Panel (subsequently SOCA).
Coroner’s Panel of Senior Counsel.
Departmental Legal Services Panel of Senior Counsel in respect of Property Law and Medical Negligence & General Litigation.
MIB arbitrator.
Northern Ireland Special Advocate Panel.
In 2018 I was appointed as Chairman of the Independent Neurology Inquiry arising out of the largest ever recall of patients in the Health Service in Northern Ireland.

My Other Interests

I am a former Chairman of Methodist College Belfast, having served on the Board of Governors for 13 years. I am currently a member of the Management Council for the Glencraig Community, which caters for children and adults with profound learning difficulties. I am a member and former Chairman of the Joint Independent Group for Study & Action (JIGSA), which is an independent political and economic think tank in Northern Ireland. I volunteer at the South Belfast Foodbank and completed, in 2018, a diploma in diaconal studies prior to ordination to the Permanent Diaconate in the Catholic Church.

Testimonials

“ … your professionalism and knowledge was a breath of fresh air and very much appreciated. Indeed as you are aware we had very nearly given up on any potential recourse which would have been very frustrating as we felt throughout the process we had been let down … So not only did you keep us on course to achieve the settlement that we did but we would also have been significantly out of pocket ... I am acutely conscious that you had a very personal interest in seeing natural justice come to the fore …” (MMcG)

“Many thanks for your very considerable assistance” (BN)

“Many thanks for your usual erudition and patience” (SF)

“Many thanks for your assistance in the mediation which while unsuccessful was nonetheless beneficial” (CD)

“Many thanks. Both W and I agreed you were instrumental to getting settlement” (KG)

“The parties would not have achieved this result without your assistance” (MM)

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