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Year of Call: 1978 brogers@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Beverly is a highly experienced mediator.  She has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum, many within, but also extending beyond her core practice areas as a barrister. Many of the disputes, although commercial in nature, involve disputes between family members and have a high emotional content. She has experience of multi-party and cross-cultural disputes and trains and mediates in the Far East and the Middle East.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Mediation

Mediation style:

Beverly believes that mediation provides a unique opportunity for settlement and the mediator needs to be sensitive and imaginative in exploring all possible avenues towards resolution. In some cases this might involve rigorous exploration of the legal issues and detailed risk analysis. In others, the commercial or emotional considerations may hold the key to settlement. In all mediations Beverly attaches critical importance to thorough preparation and understanding of the issues, the development of a good rapport with the parties and their advisers and the patience and persistence necessary to provide the best opportunity of resolution.

Beverly receives consistently good feedback from clients including:

“Thank you so much for your help in steering the parties to a settlement. The clients felt right from the start that they could trust you. There were a few tense moments but your calm good sense got us there in the end. The clients expressed their admiration for the way in which you handled the mediation.” 

“My client has asked me to express her extreme gratitude to Beverly-Ann for all her efforts on Friday. It was not an easy mediation!”

“I can say that both myself and [the clients] were very pleased with the way Miss Rogers handled the process; her involvement was undoubtedly instrumental in securing a settlement at the end of the day.” 

“My thanks to Beverly-Ann for a superb job at yesterday’s mediation.” 2013

“Miss Rogers was focussed, practical, clear on the issues from the beginning, listened to my client and empathised with him sufficiently for him to feel she understood his position and had got his points across, managed to get the parties talking about figures at a much earlier stage than usual, helped guide us on settlement proposals and managed to finish at 6.30 which was a first for me!” December 2012

“Miss Rogers quickly gained a grasp of the interrelated technical issues, was able to communicate clearly between the warring factions, gave a clear and dispassionate view of the opponent’s position, was helpful in making practical suggestions we had now thought of, was approachable helping the clients feel less daunted by the procedure and held the whole process together very professionally.”  January 2013

“We felt we had to write to express our heartfelt thanks for your assistance last Tuesday. We are most grateful for the sensitive and understanding way in which you dealt with V’s situation, particularly given his current health problems. You guidance throughout the day helped us all to clearly follow the process and the various steps along the way” Lay client November 2012

"Your dedication and commitment went far beyond the call of duty and were key to resolution."

"You brought a wonderful calmness which resolved an impossible family situation and brought the family together again" - letter from client in mediation March 2009

Some examples of recent mediations are:

Numerous probate cases e.g. disputed wills, Inheritance Act claims etc

Trust cases e.g. re wrongful investment of substantial offshore trust assets

Partnership disputes e.g. property business, farming business

Commercial cases re e.g. international investment business, international service industries

Employment dispute between employee and major investment bank

Partition of substantial family estate resolving 10 year dispute between 3 siblings

Disputes about valuation of shares on sale of minority interest in family company

Dispute over ownership of substantial funds in Swiss Bank Accounts

Employment disputes (e.g. solicitor, chief executive of public company) including cases involving allegations of sex discrimination and whistle blowing.  Partnership dissolution involving allegations of fraud combined with resolution of joint property venture between the same parties and others;

Shareholder dispute with several related parties, involving multi-million property company and requiring consideration of share valuation, tax, corporate structure and trust issues;

Dispute between tenants of a shopping precinct and landlord about proposed refurbishment and development of precinct;

Professional negligence: multi-million pound claim against three firms of accountants in relation to tax advice on sale of business and reinvestment.

All Quotes

Beverly-Ann Rogers is a highly regarded commercial mediator who is recognised in the industry for her cross-cultural expertise.  One client says of her, "She is excellent, really hands-on and very client friendly.  A skilled and thoughtful mediator". (Who's Who Legal Mediation 2017)

“lawyer of choice” for those seeking a combination of “gentle and approachable” manner with “clear, concise and analytical” advice. (Who's Who Legal 2016)
 
Lauded for her skill and diplomacy as a mediator. Trusts and estates disputes form the mainstay of her chancery practice.
(Chambers & Partners 2014)

Beverly-Ann Rogers is a mediator of great renown. Solicitors compliment her gentle and engaging manner, and say they are drawn to her "very analytical style." She is recommended without hesitation for complex multiparty estate and trust battles. "She has a first-class, incisive chancery brain. She can cut like a knife through butter when it comes to chancery issues," (Chambers & Partners 2014)

Beverly-Ann Rogers brings "in-depth, specialist knowledge" to chancery matters. An expert in mediation, she often tackles disputes involving trusts and estates. (Chambers & Partners 2013)

Sources say Beverly-Ann Rogers "is particularly good at calming the tensions that can arise when feuding clients get together, and setting the ground for a more sensible discussion." Adept at "cutting through the issues and spotting early on where the parties need to be to settle and helping them to get there, "Rogers  utilises her talents full-time in chancery, company and partnership disputes. Further praise paints her as "enormously patient when fanning a spark of compromise." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

She has an excellent bedside manner, and is very good with vulnerable or difficult clients". She is also very focused on the cost/benefit analysis of settling, compared with continuing to litigate, and ensures that the lay clients fully understand the implications of the decisions they are asked to take". (Legal 500 2013)

The "absolutely excellent" Beverly-ann Rogers is "a real star" who will always use every tool at her disposal before she gives up on a mediation". (Legal 500 2012)

"popular with clients and solicitors for her attractive personality, intellectual power and conscientiousness." An expert in inheritance tax, estates and probate matters, she displays a particular forte when it comes to mediation. (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Rogers provides "a calming influence in a hostile environment" and "has complete mastery of the relevant facts in complex mediations," according to enthusiastic interviewees. A full-time mediator, she handles both domestic and international cases. Her core expertise lies in chancery work, ranging from trusts and probate matters to company and partnership disputes. (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Sources agree that Rogers is "a star". "She's extremely shrewd and in a quiet way exerts considerable authority". To commercial and chancery disputes she brings "empathy, compassion and a personal touch." (Chambers & Partners 2011)

"has few rivals when it comes to mediating trust and probate disputes, where she has a superb reputation for handling difficult situations "brilliantly". She is "excellent at deciding in advance how to structure the mediation and how to make the parties feel at ease", and attracts praise for her "complete mastery of complex issues" and "pleasant but firm style". (Legal 500 2011)

"is a clear first choice for disputes in the field of trusts and estates. Clients find her 'gracious,' 'helpful' and 'informative', and able to engage all parties to bring matters to a conclusion in an 'amicable and constructive' manner" (Legal 500 2010)

"She proffers a distinctive and much admired style that mixes pragmatism and commerciality with compassionate insight into the people involved in mediation." (Chambers & Partners 2008)

Recommendations

Consistently recommended in the top tier in Chambers & Partners, also Legal 500 and Who's Who Mediation.

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Beverly-Ann Rogers - Mediator

Beverly-Ann Rogers - Mediator

Year of Call: 1978
Email: brogers@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Beverly is a highly experienced mediator.  She has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum, many within, but also extending beyond her core practice areas as a barrister. Many of the disputes, although commercial in nature, involve disputes between family members and have a high emotional content. She has experience of multi-party and cross-cultural disputes and trains and mediates in the Far East and the Middle East.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Consistently recommended in the top tier in Chambers & Partners, also Legal 500 and Who's Who Mediation.

Quotes

Beverly-Ann Rogers is a highly regarded commercial mediator who is recognised in the industry for her cross-cultural expertise.  One client says of her, "She is excellent, really hands-on and very client friendly.  A skilled and thoughtful mediator". (Who's Who Legal Mediation 2017)

“lawyer of choice” for those seeking a combination of “gentle and approachable” manner with “clear, concise and analytical” advice. (Who's Who Legal 2016)
 
Lauded for her skill and diplomacy as a mediator. Trusts and estates disputes form the mainstay of her chancery practice.
(Chambers & Partners 2014)

Beverly-Ann Rogers is a mediator of great renown. Solicitors compliment her gentle and engaging manner, and say they are drawn to her "very analytical style." She is recommended without hesitation for complex multiparty estate and trust battles. "She has a first-class, incisive chancery brain. She can cut like a knife through butter when it comes to chancery issues," (Chambers & Partners 2014)

Beverly-Ann Rogers brings "in-depth, specialist knowledge" to chancery matters. An expert in mediation, she often tackles disputes involving trusts and estates. (Chambers & Partners 2013)

Sources say Beverly-Ann Rogers "is particularly good at calming the tensions that can arise when feuding clients get together, and setting the ground for a more sensible discussion." Adept at "cutting through the issues and spotting early on where the parties need to be to settle and helping them to get there, "Rogers  utilises her talents full-time in chancery, company and partnership disputes. Further praise paints her as "enormously patient when fanning a spark of compromise." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

She has an excellent bedside manner, and is very good with vulnerable or difficult clients". She is also very focused on the cost/benefit analysis of settling, compared with continuing to litigate, and ensures that the lay clients fully understand the implications of the decisions they are asked to take". (Legal 500 2013)

The "absolutely excellent" Beverly-ann Rogers is "a real star" who will always use every tool at her disposal before she gives up on a mediation". (Legal 500 2012)

"popular with clients and solicitors for her attractive personality, intellectual power and conscientiousness." An expert in inheritance tax, estates and probate matters, she displays a particular forte when it comes to mediation. (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Rogers provides "a calming influence in a hostile environment" and "has complete mastery of the relevant facts in complex mediations," according to enthusiastic interviewees. A full-time mediator, she handles both domestic and international cases. Her core expertise lies in chancery work, ranging from trusts and probate matters to company and partnership disputes. (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Sources agree that Rogers is "a star". "She's extremely shrewd and in a quiet way exerts considerable authority". To commercial and chancery disputes she brings "empathy, compassion and a personal touch." (Chambers & Partners 2011)

"has few rivals when it comes to mediating trust and probate disputes, where she has a superb reputation for handling difficult situations "brilliantly". She is "excellent at deciding in advance how to structure the mediation and how to make the parties feel at ease", and attracts praise for her "complete mastery of complex issues" and "pleasant but firm style". (Legal 500 2011)

"is a clear first choice for disputes in the field of trusts and estates. Clients find her 'gracious,' 'helpful' and 'informative', and able to engage all parties to bring matters to a conclusion in an 'amicable and constructive' manner" (Legal 500 2010)

"She proffers a distinctive and much admired style that mixes pragmatism and commerciality with compassionate insight into the people involved in mediation." (Chambers & Partners 2008)

Mediation

Mediation style:

Beverly believes that mediation provides a unique opportunity for settlement and the mediator needs to be sensitive and imaginative in exploring all possible avenues towards resolution. In some cases this might involve rigorous exploration of the legal issues and detailed risk analysis. In others, the commercial or emotional considerations may hold the key to settlement. In all mediations Beverly attaches critical importance to thorough preparation and understanding of the issues, the development of a good rapport with the parties and their advisers and the patience and persistence necessary to provide the best opportunity of resolution.

Beverly receives consistently good feedback from clients including:

“Thank you so much for your help in steering the parties to a settlement. The clients felt right from the start that they could trust you. There were a few tense moments but your calm good sense got us there in the end. The clients expressed their admiration for the way in which you handled the mediation.” 

“My client has asked me to express her extreme gratitude to Beverly-Ann for all her efforts on Friday. It was not an easy mediation!”

“I can say that both myself and [the clients] were very pleased with the way Miss Rogers handled the process; her involvement was undoubtedly instrumental in securing a settlement at the end of the day.” 

“My thanks to Beverly-Ann for a superb job at yesterday’s mediation.” 2013

“Miss Rogers was focussed, practical, clear on the issues from the beginning, listened to my client and empathised with him sufficiently for him to feel she understood his position and had got his points across, managed to get the parties talking about figures at a much earlier stage than usual, helped guide us on settlement proposals and managed to finish at 6.30 which was a first for me!” December 2012

“Miss Rogers quickly gained a grasp of the interrelated technical issues, was able to communicate clearly between the warring factions, gave a clear and dispassionate view of the opponent’s position, was helpful in making practical suggestions we had now thought of, was approachable helping the clients feel less daunted by the procedure and held the whole process together very professionally.”  January 2013

“We felt we had to write to express our heartfelt thanks for your assistance last Tuesday. We are most grateful for the sensitive and understanding way in which you dealt with V’s situation, particularly given his current health problems. You guidance throughout the day helped us all to clearly follow the process and the various steps along the way” Lay client November 2012

"Your dedication and commitment went far beyond the call of duty and were key to resolution."

"You brought a wonderful calmness which resolved an impossible family situation and brought the family together again" - letter from client in mediation March 2009

Some examples of recent mediations are:

Numerous probate cases e.g. disputed wills, Inheritance Act claims etc

Trust cases e.g. re wrongful investment of substantial offshore trust assets

Partnership disputes e.g. property business, farming business

Commercial cases re e.g. international investment business, international service industries

Employment dispute between employee and major investment bank

Partition of substantial family estate resolving 10 year dispute between 3 siblings

Disputes about valuation of shares on sale of minority interest in family company

Dispute over ownership of substantial funds in Swiss Bank Accounts

Employment disputes (e.g. solicitor, chief executive of public company) including cases involving allegations of sex discrimination and whistle blowing.  Partnership dissolution involving allegations of fraud combined with resolution of joint property venture between the same parties and others;

Shareholder dispute with several related parties, involving multi-million property company and requiring consideration of share valuation, tax, corporate structure and trust issues;

Dispute between tenants of a shopping precinct and landlord about proposed refurbishment and development of precinct;

Professional negligence: multi-million pound claim against three firms of accountants in relation to tax advice on sale of business and reinvestment.

Qualifications

Called to the Bar 1978
Wide ranging chancery litigation practice including general commercial disputes with particular
emphasis on all aspects of property litigation and advice, professional negligence, partnership, trusts,
estates and charities.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
PIM (Senior Mediators)
Distinguished Fellow of International Academy of Mediators


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