Accredited Mediator: CEDR 1999; SPCP 2000
Paul Randolph is a highly experienced mediator, trainer, lecturer and author. Following 35 years at the Bar as a litigator, Paul moved to being a full time mediator in about 2007. He now has considerable experience in mediating in a very wide variety of disputes, from Commercial and Contractual cases to Family, Employment and Workplace disputes.
He is Course Leader on a Mediation Course at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (SPCP), Regent’s College, London. Paul, together with the late Dr Freddie Strasser, an eminent psychotherapist, conceived and designed this Mediation Course in 1998. He created and wrote all the training materials, and since 1999 he has been the Course Leader and Lecturer on the course. He has now trained over 1000 mediators, in the UK, the Channel Islands, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, Albania and Jordan. Paul conducts the course for in-house training, and has trained HR personnel in several substantial organisations, in conflict avoidance and conflict resolution.
Paul has developed a specialist expertise in the psychology of Conflict. He has given presentations on Conflict Management, Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Resolution at conferences in the UK, China, India, Russia, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, Albania and Jordan, to commercial, legal and government organisations.
The unique ‘psychotherapeutic’ model of mediation taught on his courses has achieved wide acclaim, and has also furnished him with an added insight into the psychology of conflict, providing him with an edge on mediators trained elsewhere. This additional experience of training and supervising mediators, combined with the communication skills gained as a barrister, enable him to be particularly effective in conflict resolution, as well as in conflict management.
- Professional negligence
Paul Randolph specialised in Professional Negligence since 1990. He had very considerable experience in dealing with Solicitors’ negligence as well as professional negligence in accountancy, in the property and construction industry (Architects, Surveyors and Engineers). His Clinical Negligence practice ranged from cases of the utmost severity (head injury, quadriplegia, spasticity and other severe brain injury), to minor “whiplash” injuries.
- Notable cases
- Starcevic v West Hertfordshire Health Authorithy LTL 8/2/2001 – Ct of App – Clinical Negligence (DVT)
- Pravina Karia v ICS (Management) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1025 – Ct Appeal – PI (Rsi)
- Woods Hardwick Ltd v Chiltern Air Conditioning (2001) BLR 23 T & C Ct. (Negligence of Adjudicator)
- O’Brien v Moyes and Anor 13/2/98 Ct of Appeal – PI (Brain Damage)
- Samuels v Walker11/2/98 Ct of Appeal – PI (strike-out procedure)
- Re Pallant (1997) CICB – Kemp & Kemp – Damages for Brain Injury
- European work
Paul is currently Adviser to the Trustees of the Slynn Foundation. He was a former member of the Bar’s Central and Eastern European Committee, involved in forming and promoting the Bar’s policy on providing legal know-how and assistance in Europe; and co-ordinating the Bar’s participation in the Central European Bi-Lateral Law Associations. He was the Chair of the British Estonian Latvian Lithuanian Law association (BELLA), and Vice Chair of the British Hungarian Law Association. Paul continues to work extensively in Central and Eastern Europe, lecturing, promoting, and raising awareness in mediation, as well as training lawyers, Judges and other professionals to become mediators.
Paul has worked in China, Mauritius, India and Jordan, lecturing on and promoting mediation. He is currently assisting the Bengal Chamber of Commerce in developing a full mediation service, and similar work is planned in Mumbai and in Cochin, India.
- More notable cases
- Metropolitan Special Projects Ltd v Marigold Services Ltd LTL 23/11/2001 – T & C Court Written/Oral Contracts
- Progressive Computer Recruitment Ltd v Bridger Ltd LTL 18/9/200 – Ct Appeal (Contract)
- Coppen & Ors v Bruce-Smith(1998) EGCS 55 – Demolition of Sports FacilitiesChurch Commissioners v Ibrahim(1997) 1 EGLR 13 – Landlord’s Legal Costs
- La Touche v The Royal London Trust 9/11/95 Employment Appeal Tribunal – EAT/72/94
- Armhouse Lee Ltd v Chappell and Anor 18/8/95; Ct Appeal – (Obscene Publication)
- Lindenberg v Canning (1993) 9 Constr.LJ 43 – Duty of Building Contractor
- Plant Movements Ltd v Long 7/10/92 Employment Appeal Tribunal – EAT/607/91
- R v Desai 3/2/92 The Times Ct of Appeal – Eviction/Harassment
- Shepherds Bush H. v HATS Co-Operative (1991) 24 HLR 176 – Ct of Appeal – Housing
- Chartered Trust Plc v Edwards 6/5/87 Ct of Appeal – Consumer Credit
- York City Council v Little Gallery Ltd (1986) BTLC 150 – Sunday Shop Opening
- Professional memberships
- Bar Council ADR Committee
- Civil Mediation Council (CMC)
- Professional Standards Committee of College of Mediators
- Central London Civil Justice Centre Mediation Committee
- National Mediation Providers Association
- The Slynn Foundation
- European Mediation Network Initiative (EMNI)
- International Mediation Institute (IMI)
- International Bar Association (IBA)
- London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
- Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
- South Eastern Circuit
- Bar European Circuit
- Mediation – A Psychological Insight into Conflict Resolution, co-written with the late Dr Freddie Strasser, was published in November 2004; it has a Foreword by the late Lord Slynn of Hadley, and was favourably reviewed in The Times by Sir Henry Brooke, former Vice President of the Court of Appeal, current Chair Civil Mediation Council.
- Paul has written numerous articles on mediation, in The Times, The Guardian, the New Law Journal, the Law Society Solutions Magazine, the Residential Landlord, and the Residential Property Investor. He wrote an article on Smith v Manchester Awards in JPIL .
- Other activities
Paul was Chairman (for 18 years) of the Thames Ditton Lawn Tennis Club, which won a landmark victory in the Court of Appeal in 2005 over its landlord, who wanted to build 10 luxury houses on the site. The Court of Appeal ruling secured by the Club served to protect numerous other UK sports facilities in similar predicaments.
Paul’s interests include Classical Music and Opera; he plays the Piano (Grade VI) – and conducts.
French, German, Hungarian, a little Spanish and Italian