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Year of Silk: 2000
Year of Call: 1984
ejones@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Liz has been mediating since 1999. She has mediated cases with 2-10 parties, alone and as co-mediator, across a wide number of sectors, with underlying values ranging from £2,000 to over £50m and between parties from many different cultures. She is happy to adopt a facilitative or evaluative approach as appropriate. Her aim is to assist parties in making decisions they can live with and so she attaches particular weight to thorough preparation and risk analysis.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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The range of disputes which Liz mediates mirrors her wide ranging litigation practice. She has mediated disputes in the following sectors:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commercial/contract disputes
  • Company and partnership
  • Entertainment
  • Fraud
  • ICT
  • Insolvency
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Trusts and succession

A small selection of cases mediated in different sectors is as follows:

4 days over the period of a year disentangling the affairs of an Indian family involving companies, partnerships, pension funds and an offshore trust. Attended by 3 brothers, 6 cousins and several advisers.

Compensation claim for alleged breach of offshore contract relating to IP rights.

Dispute between rock band and record company solved by knowledge of potentially advantageous tax treatment of particular structure to settlement.

2 day, 10 party mediation between bank and co-debtors.

Director of FTSE listed company transferred sole property of company at alleged undervalue.

Very substantial 2 day mediation between bank and large IT/outsourcing firm over both past dispute and the vision of the future.

Alleged negligent advice by solicitor in connection with share sale.

4 party claim in which beneficiary claimed against offshore trustee in relation to management of family company.

All Quotes

"Thorough, constructive and intellectual"
"...comes with "a clear understanding of a factual background and uses it throughout the mediation.""
"I would have no hesitation using her again"...."especially in relation to multiparty, complex disputes where there may be a high degree of animosity."
“Grasped the problems and issues very quickly, was diplomatic and had amazing energy throughout the long day.”
“A very human mediator.”
“A very unusual person – a star barrister with the commercial grip and deal making ability of a top corporate lawyer. She is an excellent mediator – one of the very best I have ever seen.”
“She even got me drafting a settlement agreement at midnight when I didn’t really feel like it, so she must be good!”
“Did a very good job. Ultimately the mediation resulted in a settlement which we had not anticipated as the parties were a million miles apart at the start. Particularly good at reality testing”
“Very impressed with her- thought her far more impressive and proactive than mediators we have previously come across. Very firm with our client and reality tested very well.”
“On the second day she applied gentle pressure to both sides and challenged the accountants on their figures – we felt this was a very brave move but definitely the right one as she was right and they were wrong.”
“All very impressed, very exhilarating.”
“The surveyors from each side had been in negotiations for two years and we managed to settle this by lunchtime!”
“Obviously very experienced and knew what she was talking about”.

Quotes from directories over the years in relation to litigation include:

“phenomenal… my first phone call”; “Superlative…top of the tree”; “thorough, professional and very personable”; “legally excellent”.

 

Recommendations

Recommended by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for mediation; described by Chambers & Partners as “an excellent mediator” and “an impressive mediator and somebody who clearly has their finger on the pulse in disputes”.

Chamber & Partners

"Thorough, constructive and intellectual," Elizabeth Jones QC comes with "a clear understanding of a factual background and uses it throughout the mediation." "I would have no hesitation using her again," said one source, "especially in relation to multiparty, complex disputes where there may be a high degree of animosity."

A popular mediator, Elizabeth Jones QC is noted for her fair and balanced chairing of mediations, and for helping to identify the most relevant areas to focus on in pursuit of compromise. Sources describe her "very calm manner which makes parties open up to her and voice their concerns" and commend her "great attention to detail" in factually intensive matters.

Sources say Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court "exercises her considerable intelligence" in mediations and is "particularly well suited to large commercial disputes." Recent work includes a three-way professional negligence case arising out of tax advice.

"A natural mediator with an assured, authoritative and effective style," Jones has expertise in insurance, contractual and professional negligence disputes. She brings a flexible and commercial approach to disputes and is noted for her "thoroughness and intelligence."

Jones balances equally busy mediation and litigation practices and is particularly recommended for those requiring a technically driven approach to a dispute. "She is an extremely popular mediator," remark interviewees. Recent mediations she has conducted include property and insurance broker disputes, warranty claims and cases of contested wills.

Legal 500

Elizabeth Jones QC at Serle Court has a broad and varied mediation practice, which she manages to coordinate with her career as a barrister. She has recently mediated several shareholder disputes, as well as partnership and trust claims.

The ‘calm and efficient’ Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court comes ‘absolutely unhesitatingly’ recommended. She is ‘very knowledgeable in the law’, and unafraid to be ‘a tough operator, and can use that if a party at mediation needs to be brought into line. On the other hand, she is sympathetic to anyone in a difficult situation’.

Elizabeth Jones QC at Serle Court is ‘rigorous’ and ‘analytical’ in approach, and ‘unafraid of legal points’. Clients describe her as ‘very measured’, ‘firm’ and ‘no nonsense’.

Described as “tough, rigorous” and “possessed of a very strong intellect”, Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court is a resourceful, well-respected mediator known for a probing style of reality testing. She is also credited with strong people skills, tact and diplomacy.

Elizabeth Jones QC - Mediator

Elizabeth Jones QC - Mediator

Year of Silk: 2000
Year of Call: 1984
Email: ejones@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Liz has been mediating since 1999. She has mediated cases with 2-10 parties, alone and as co-mediator, across a wide number of sectors, with underlying values ranging from £2,000 to over £50m and between parties from many different cultures. She is happy to adopt a facilitative or evaluative approach as appropriate. Her aim is to assist parties in making decisions they can live with and so she attaches particular weight to thorough preparation and risk analysis.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Recommended by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for mediation; described by Chambers & Partners as “an excellent mediator” and “an impressive mediator and somebody who clearly has their finger on the pulse in disputes”.

Chamber & Partners

"Thorough, constructive and intellectual," Elizabeth Jones QC comes with "a clear understanding of a factual background and uses it throughout the mediation." "I would have no hesitation using her again," said one source, "especially in relation to multiparty, complex disputes where there may be a high degree of animosity."

A popular mediator, Elizabeth Jones QC is noted for her fair and balanced chairing of mediations, and for helping to identify the most relevant areas to focus on in pursuit of compromise. Sources describe her "very calm manner which makes parties open up to her and voice their concerns" and commend her "great attention to detail" in factually intensive matters.

Sources say Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court "exercises her considerable intelligence" in mediations and is "particularly well suited to large commercial disputes." Recent work includes a three-way professional negligence case arising out of tax advice.

"A natural mediator with an assured, authoritative and effective style," Jones has expertise in insurance, contractual and professional negligence disputes. She brings a flexible and commercial approach to disputes and is noted for her "thoroughness and intelligence."

Jones balances equally busy mediation and litigation practices and is particularly recommended for those requiring a technically driven approach to a dispute. "She is an extremely popular mediator," remark interviewees. Recent mediations she has conducted include property and insurance broker disputes, warranty claims and cases of contested wills.

Legal 500

Elizabeth Jones QC at Serle Court has a broad and varied mediation practice, which she manages to coordinate with her career as a barrister. She has recently mediated several shareholder disputes, as well as partnership and trust claims.

The ‘calm and efficient’ Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court comes ‘absolutely unhesitatingly’ recommended. She is ‘very knowledgeable in the law’, and unafraid to be ‘a tough operator, and can use that if a party at mediation needs to be brought into line. On the other hand, she is sympathetic to anyone in a difficult situation’.

Elizabeth Jones QC at Serle Court is ‘rigorous’ and ‘analytical’ in approach, and ‘unafraid of legal points’. Clients describe her as ‘very measured’, ‘firm’ and ‘no nonsense’.

Described as “tough, rigorous” and “possessed of a very strong intellect”, Elizabeth Jones QC of Serle Court is a resourceful, well-respected mediator known for a probing style of reality testing. She is also credited with strong people skills, tact and diplomacy.

Quotes

"Thorough, constructive and intellectual"
"...comes with "a clear understanding of a factual background and uses it throughout the mediation.""
"I would have no hesitation using her again"...."especially in relation to multiparty, complex disputes where there may be a high degree of animosity."
“Grasped the problems and issues very quickly, was diplomatic and had amazing energy throughout the long day.”
“A very human mediator.”
“A very unusual person – a star barrister with the commercial grip and deal making ability of a top corporate lawyer. She is an excellent mediator – one of the very best I have ever seen.”
“She even got me drafting a settlement agreement at midnight when I didn’t really feel like it, so she must be good!”
“Did a very good job. Ultimately the mediation resulted in a settlement which we had not anticipated as the parties were a million miles apart at the start. Particularly good at reality testing”
“Very impressed with her- thought her far more impressive and proactive than mediators we have previously come across. Very firm with our client and reality tested very well.”
“On the second day she applied gentle pressure to both sides and challenged the accountants on their figures – we felt this was a very brave move but definitely the right one as she was right and they were wrong.”
“All very impressed, very exhilarating.”
“The surveyors from each side had been in negotiations for two years and we managed to settle this by lunchtime!”
“Obviously very experienced and knew what she was talking about”.

Quotes from directories over the years in relation to litigation include:

“phenomenal… my first phone call”; “Superlative…top of the tree”; “thorough, professional and very personable”; “legally excellent”.

 

Mediation

The range of disputes which Liz mediates mirrors her wide ranging litigation practice. She has mediated disputes in the following sectors:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commercial/contract disputes
  • Company and partnership
  • Entertainment
  • Fraud
  • ICT
  • Insolvency
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Trusts and succession

A small selection of cases mediated in different sectors is as follows:

4 days over the period of a year disentangling the affairs of an Indian family involving companies, partnerships, pension funds and an offshore trust. Attended by 3 brothers, 6 cousins and several advisers.

Compensation claim for alleged breach of offshore contract relating to IP rights.

Dispute between rock band and record company solved by knowledge of potentially advantageous tax treatment of particular structure to settlement.

2 day, 10 party mediation between bank and co-debtors.

Director of FTSE listed company transferred sole property of company at alleged undervalue.

Very substantial 2 day mediation between bank and large IT/outsourcing firm over both past dispute and the vision of the future.

Alleged negligent advice by solicitor in connection with share sale.

4 party claim in which beneficiary claimed against offshore trustee in relation to management of family company.

Qualifications

BA (First Class), King's College, Cambridge

Memberships

COMBAR

Chancery Bar Association

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers


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