About Us

Our Organisation

Beckwith Mediation is a bespoke family owned and operated organisation serving Clients throughout England and Wales, predominantly in the construction, property and environmental management sectors.

Our principal activities revolve around commercial contract activity and dispute avoidance and resolution services.  Additionally, we provide project management, contract management, procurement and management consultancy services.

Most of our work comes from personal recommendation - we don't list ourselves on popular websites or panels of mediators -we are specialists and we are discrete. 

We operate as a virtual business and we travel to where the work requires us to be.  Our home base is in London but we can also be  found in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire and Kent.

We maintain a private cloud system for ease of access to our files yet ensure complete client confidentiality.  Our systems include a community web site for our mediators and others interested in dispute avoidance and resolution, a help desk system and knowledge base, an on-line learning environment - even a virtual mediation court.  If you'd like to know more then just ask us for an invitation to look around.

Our Philosophy

Our consultants, neutrals and mediators are drawn from a variety of professions including chartered surveyors, barristers, solicitors and the property and commercial world.

We are experienced in many sectors and work on matters and contracts of all sizes and value.  The smallest value mediation we have undertaken was just £2,400 but the issues involved there were just as important to the parties as the most recent $333,000,000 development we have been advising upon.

Many of our competitors talk dispute avoidance but in fact deliver nothing more than routine project management services whilst others talk provide only dispute resolution services.  We believe dispute avoidance starts with good contract management founded in effective risk allocation but employing methods to resolve issues before they become disputes.  That's why we developed the DART Protocol (and accompanying software) .  Our rules for effective dispute avoidance are simple, easy for project participants to apply and work if they are adhered to.  They are:

  1. Identify and evaluate project risks;
  2. Resolve issues within the project environment so far as possible;
  3. Give timely notices;
  4. Evaluate change before instructing variations;
  5. Confront conflict early and constructively.
We'd love to tell you more about the people who have benefited from our services, but as we said, our service is confidential...

What Others Say about Us

Thank you for your efforts yesterday in resolving what has been a very protracted and long running dispute.  I thought I would pass on some comments from my client this morning about how impressed they were with the way you handled the matter and in helping to facilitate settlement."

Solicitor, Cambridge

  Your input has proved to be invaluable providing a unique standpoint opinion of a UCL:H Framework Consultant, a process document writer familiar with best practice, a building contract administrator and legal advisor, all rolled into one.

Programme Manager, Capital Investment Dept, University College London Hospitals

 A big thank you for all your support, advice and guidance over the last month or so on this procurement exercise.  We have really appreciated (and very much needed) your support ... thank you.  You have put in a huge amount of effort over the past week and we have managed to meet our deadlines and have a happy client.

Senior consultant, pwc

 Informality, inclusion, yet complete control.

Mediation participant

 Finding talent is hard and you had the winning formula.

Senior adviser, Scottish Government

Core Sectors

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
AGED CARE
AVIATION
BANKING AND FINANCE
BUSINESS TO CONSUMER
CIVIL WORKS
COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL
COMMERCE
EDUCATION
ENVIRONMENT
EXTRA CARE
RESIDENTIAL
GOVERNMENT
HIGH RISE
HOTEL AND LEISURE
HOUSING
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOCAL AUTHORITY
NURSING HOMES
PROCESS AND PLANT
RAIL
RETAIL
ROAD
TRANSPORT

Specialisms

ADJUDICATION
ARBITRATION
CONFLICT COACHING
CONTRACT AUDITING
DISPUTE AVOIDANCE
DISPUTE BOARDS
DISPUTE RESOLUTION
EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION
EXECUTIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
EXPERT WITNESS
INDEPENDENT EXPERT APPRAISAL
MEDIATION
LEGAL COSTS BUDGETING
LEGAL PROCESS ANALYSIS
LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PARTNERING ADVISER
PROCUREMENT STRATEGY
PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE
PROJECT AUDITING
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PROJECT MONITORING
PROJECT NEUTRAL
PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT
RISK MANAGEMENT
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
VALUE MANAGEMENT