Lawrence Harrison
A highly experienced mediator and successful commercial solicitor specialising in media and entertainment law.

Long experience of the costs and risks faced by clients when embroiled in disputes led him to appreciate just how effective a tool mediation can be. He strongly believes that mediation can provide a more satisfactory and less costly resolution to practically any civil and commercial dispute.

Lawrence qualified as a civil and commercial mediator in 2009. Since then he has developed a successful commercial mediation practice.

He is a CMC registered and accredited mediator.

About

Lawrence was formerly a partner in a leading media law firm and co-founded and managed another. He qualified as a civil and commercial mediator with ADR Group in 2009. Since then has developed a successful commercial mediation practice with South West Mediation.

He is a CMC Registered and Accredited Mediator.  Lawrence mediates all kinds of civil and commercial disputes.  He has particular experience in mediating copyright or entertainment industry disputes and in mediating disputes involving estates and claims under the doctrine of proprietary estoppel, particularly complex high-value cases or where a business or businesses (often farming partnerships) are involved.

Lawrence combines a highly commercial approach with a willingness to keep clients focused on finding solutions to their problems.

Over 85% of the mediations Lawrence has undertaken have resulted in settlement on the day.

Lawrence is always happy to talk to any lawyer or party considering mediating their dispute, whatever the subject matter. If you would like to discuss any dispute in confidence or just have a chat to see if you feel that he would be suitable for your case please contact him. 

For feedback from previous mediations see Testimonials

Mediation

Lawrence’s long career in media and entertainment law made him deeply aware of the costs and risks faced by clients when embroiled in disputes and led him to appreciate just how effective a tool mediation can be. 

He strongly believes that mediation can provide a more satisfactory and less costly resolution to practically any civil and commercial dispute.

Here he explains why.
Why Mediation?
Mediation is a fast, flexible and effective process for solving almost any form of commercial dispute and can deliver results that respect commercial interests not just legal rights.

A typical commercial mediation lasts only a day; sometimes half a day is enough. It is confidential and, compared to litigation, inexpensive.

Most importantly the parties remain in control.

Mediators facilitate negotiation in a confidential and neutral situation. They do not take sides or tell the parties what to do.

Mediation is voluntary, confidential and non-binding up until settlement .  Any solution is one chosen by the parties not imposed on them by a Judge or Arbitrator.

Most importantly, it works. More than 85% of the mediations I have undertaken settle successfully on the day.
What Does a Mediator do?
Mediation is effective because the mediator is an independent neutral person who is committed to helping the parties settle, but who does not have a stake in the dispute or the outcome. 

A good mediator will study whatever material any of the parties wish them to read before the mediation appointment and will ask questions to improve their understanding of the positions taken in the dispute. The mediator will also try to build trust and rapport with the parties to try to give them confidence to share their underlying concerns and interests with the mediator.

All the mediator controls is the process by which the parties try to achieve  a settlement. It is the mediator’s job to create the best process for that dispute and those parties. The mediator will manage the process, create momentum towards settlement, and must be a tenacious and patient negotiator.

In my view a good Mediator can mediate any dispute. For example, due to my background I am often appointed to mediate copyright or entertainment industry disputes but, over the last few years, I have successfully mediated more wills and probate disputes than copyright or entertainment industry cases and with just as much success.

I am always happy to talk to any lawyer or party considering mediating their
dispute, whatever the subject matter. If you would like to discuss any dispute in confidence or just have a chat to see if you feel that I would be suitable for your case, please contact me.
What will actually happen in the mediation?
There will usually be some pre-mediation contact by the mediator to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the process.

I actively encourage parties and their advisors to speak with me in confidence before the mediation day and my fee is always inclusive of all pre-mediation contact, set up and reading.

At the mediation itself the process will depend on the nature of the dispute, the relationship between the various parties and what the mediator and the parties feel would be the best way of making progress.

There are many different ways of mediating and one of the mediator’s most important skills is to create the best process for that dispute and those parties.

Some people do not wish to meet the other side at all and some feel it important to have a face to face discussions. In most cases a large part of the mediation will take place with the parties in separate rooms, with the mediator going between them discussing the available options in confidence and helping to build a co-operative atmosphere in which a solution to the dispute can be found.

Testimonials

"Combines a good legal mind with an extremely
commercial outlook."
Chambers
“Considerate yet extremely rigorous”
Chambers
“Tremendously impressive”
Legal 500
“Calm and measured and quickly wins your trust”
Party – Tolata Dispute
“Can be gently persuasive or if needs be quite challenging, but never to the extent that there is any loss of confidence in his abilities or in his commitment to achieve what both parties want out of the process, namely a settlement.”
Solicitor – Contentious Probate
“He was very clear, warm and charismatic in his dealings with us throughout.”
Party-Will Dispute
“Mr Harrison helped make a difficult day less traumatic.”
Party- Building Dispute
“ A good listener who quickly grasped the dynamics of the relationships in question “
Party-Boundary dispute
“ Both I and [Party] were very pleased by the analytical and steady approach provided by Lawrence which led to successful negotiations and robust heads of agreement which was further implemented into a Consent Order.” 
Other Party – Same Boundary Dispute
“We were very pleased.” 
 Party 
 “He was very sensitive to the needs of my
elderly client”
Solicitor – Farming & Will Dispute
“He recognised the emotional aspect of the proceedings but did not allow that to derail the process. Mr Harrison helped make a difficult day less traumatic.”
Party – Contentious Probate
“I chose this mediator because Lawrence assisted a past client who was in a similar dispute and handled it extremely well which led to a very successful outcome.”
Solicitor – Rights of Way Dispute
“Both I and my client would highly recommend Lawrence in the future.”
Solicitor – Will Dispute
“ Mr Harrison was very personable and astute in grasping my father’s personality and what the situation meant to him at the outset.” 
Party – Boundary Dispute
“First Class!” 
Solicitor
“ We liked Lawrence's  awareness of the issues involved, and his sensitive approach both psychologically and factually.” 
Parties – Will Dispute
“Couldn’t have been more helpful, we thought he was spot on!”
 Party 
 “We would like to thank Lawrence for
sensitively helping us to reach a point of resolve with a difficult family issue. We would highly recommend him.” 
 Party 

Legal Practice

Lawrence is a consultant at Swan Turton Solicitors.
To contact him about his legal practice;

Contact

To contact Lawrence about mediation; 

lawrence.harrison@southwestmediation.co.uk

+44 (0) 7944592470

You can also email Lawrence directly here