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Omar Faruk

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Ian Mason

Called 1978

Ian Mason was called to the Bar in 1978, has been in continuous practice since 1979 and now specialises in providing direct public access services in landlord and tenant law, property matters and disputes about trusts of land and jointly owned property. Ian also takes cases involving contract law, negligence, civil wrongs (tort law), and injunctions.

Al Mustakim

Called 1997

Respected, experienced and creative – Al has a proven track record for fearlessly fighting cases that have impacted genuine social change, and raised points of law that effected public opinion. Al specialises in the areas of judicial review, professional discipline and regulatory law, employment, commercial and company law.

Mary Bullen

Called 2004

Mary has an excellent reputation for being a straight-talking and forward-thinking practitioner. Her tactical response to legal problems is hard to match. She believes that a client’s needs are of the utmost importance.

Abu Sufian

Called 2011

Abu has a diverse and successful practice where he is able to draw on the knowledge he has gained from across his specialist practice areas. Clients benefit from the comprehensive service he is able to offer as a result.

Daniel Searle

Called 2015

Daniel joined Chambers as a tenant in 2016 after successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas. Daniel has appeared in County Courts, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, Employment Tribunals, Immigration Tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Prior to pupillage, Daniel worked as a Legal Advisor to barristers, including research and advice for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases.

Jayed Sarker

Called 2016

Throughout his pupillage, he has gained experience across civil law, commercial law, company law, public law (and judicial review), immigration & asylum and professional discipline & regulatory law. He has been involved in several conspicuous cases at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. One particular case touched the intersection of money and power on an international level, such as a $6.3 million commercial dispute between Saudi Arabian princes and a Jordanian merchant. The case also involved issues of national security and intelligence, diplomatic relations and allegations of funding terrorism overseas. Another case involved a challenge to the lengthy retention of police cautions under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Luka Maxted

Called 2015

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Sharin Cockerton

Called 2013

Sharin started her pupillage in April 2017 under the supervision of the head of chambers, David Mendes da Costa. During her first sixth, Shárin has gained valuable experience in family law, and in particular in child contact, financial disputes and emergency remedies for domestic violence. Shárin has also worked on cases involving housing, TOLATA, defamation and general civil law issues.

Mike Watts

(Chambers Director)

Mike’s main focus at Strand Chambers is bringing together clients and barristers in a way that will work well for both parties. He brings over thirty years of experience in marketing and inter-personal communications. The focus was always on improving communication between businesses and customers.



Here at Strand Chambers we recognise the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and that some disputes are best resolved outside court. ADR allows parties to settle their disputes out of court in the knowledge that those settlements can also be legally binding.

Strand Chambers has a group of barristers who can negotiate, mediate or arbitrate cases across a range of specialist areas including:

  • Professional Negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Probate
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Property
  • Civil
  • Company
  • Commercial

ADR can offer clients many advantages and can be engaged in at all stages in a claim. In some cases ADR may be compulsory and it is important to consider whether ADR should be used in your case. For more information about ADR please see our FAQs below.

For further information about ADR and our fees, please contact us by using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.


There are many different types of ADR but the most frequently used are: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration. All are confidential.

Negotiation involves parties discussing the issues of their dispute, with the aim of reaching an agreed settlement. Parties are free to draw up their terms. The resolution of their disputes is completely up to them, and there is no independent decision maker. Often, civil, contract, property and commercial cases are suitable for negotiation. Negotiation is suitable during the initial formation of agreements as well as for disputes arising from existing agreements.

Mediation is the facilitation of discussions and negotiations between parties. A mediator is an impartial enabler between parties, with the aim of encouraging an agreement. Mediators do not make decisions on a case or comment on its merits. Mediation is therefore not legally binding. Mediation is often suitable for family and civil cases. The reasons include that a mediator can have a distilling and accommodating presence between parties. This allows parties to engage better, especially where there has been a breakdown in relationships.

Arbitration involves discussions and representations made by parties in relation to their disputes before an impartial arbitrator. Unlike a mediator, an arbitrator makes a legally binding decision on the dispute. Arbitrations, unlike most court hearings, are in private. A difference between a judge and arbitrator is that arbitrators need not decide disputes on a purely legal basis, but can regard wider factors, such as commercial awareness and technical knowledge. Arbitration is subject to the Arbitration Act 1996, and in some cases, decisions of arbitrators are appealable or reviewable to the courts. Arbitration is particularly suited for commercial, technical contractual disputes, which require more industry-friendly decision making which also considers long term factors. Arbitration is often suitable and may be contractually obligatory for employment cases, as the adjudication of such disputes can require a more in-depth understanding of a working environment.

These are our seven golden reasons:

ADR allows parties greater flexibility in defining their cases. Parties choose the issues and the terms of references. ADR allows disputes to raise issues that go beyond black letter law.

ADR can be significantly cheaper than going to court. Parties are free to manage costs throughout the process.

A court case can be long, and stressful. ADR can lead to a rapid and simpler solution to disputes, that is both full and final.

Parties can choose when and where their dispute is heard. ADR runs outside the court timetable, so parties can manage their disputes according to their schedules.

ADR allows parties to be creative in their solutions. A wider scope of outcomes is available and parties are free to agree on what the remedies are including remedies that go beyond what parties are legally entitled to.

ADR can cater to business clients who want disputes to be decided with a great focus commercial awareness. Parties may feel that the more legalistic approach that is seen at court, may limit the chances of more business-friendly outcomes, especially where parties are seeking to preserve a business relationship.

Court disputes can often lead to permanent or long-standing breakdowns of relationships. ADR can lead to solutions that are amicable, and mutually beneficial for parties. This is essential in maintaining long-term relationships and interests.

ADR can be completely confidential. This is a great advantage for parties wishing to keep their matters private, as generally, court proceedings are public.

Generally, ADR is not obligatory however it is strongly encouraged in the Civil Procedure Rules, especially under the Pre-Action Protocol. Failure to engage in ADR may lead to cost penalties for a losing party, and even for successful parties at court, if it is found that the refusal to use ADR was unreasonable in the circumstances. Also, courts are often willing to stay an on-going case to facilitate ADR.

In some cases, ADR is obligatory. It is crucial for you to check. Many employment contracts have compulsory ADR clauses. ADR is regularly an obligation in commercial contracts, particularly in the form of arbitration. ADR, in the form of mediation, namely attending MIAMS (Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings) is also a legal requirement in family law disputes.

Generally, whenever you want.

The key feature of ADR is its flexibility. ADR is open to anyone as soon as they want to proceed with a dispute. ADR can be used before a claim and during a claim, before going to court & even during it. Courts are often happy to stay or adjourn on-going cases in order to facilitate ADR.

ADR is generally cheaper than going to court. At times, it can be significantly cheaper. However, this will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The length of the case
  • The complexity of the issues
  • The amount and nature of evidence involved
  • The number of parties involved
  • The remedy sought
  • The timing of matters


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