James Behrens


Year of Call: 1979

“Going places”

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Practice Overview

James Behrens' practice focuses on mediation and arbitration.  His mediator and arbitrator profiles can be find by following these links :

Mediation
Arbitration

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Education & Qualifications

Trinity College, Cambridge: MA

Cardiff University: LLM, PhD

St Mellitus College, Durham: BA

Appointments

  • Deputy Chancery Master 2000-2010
  • Recorder 2005-2010
  • Chancellor of the Diocese of Leicester and Bristol 2002-2010
  • Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol 2004-2009
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Bath and Wells 2004-2010
  • Chartered Artbitrator 2001 and CEDR accredited Mediator 1998
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Licensed Church of England lay minister

Memberships

  • The Chancery Bar Association
  • The Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • The Association of Contentious Turst and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • The Ecclesiatical Law Society (honorary life member)
  • The Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • The Property Bar Association
  • The LCIA
  • Bar Council member (1992-1994)
  • Member of the working party for Information Technology and the Courts (ITAC) (1992-1999)
  • Council member Society for Computers and Law (1992-2000)
  • Trustee of Mediation UK (2000-2003)
  • Council member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2003-2005)
  • Licensed lay minister in the London diocese 2016

James Behrens is also an associate tenant in Zenith Chambers, 10 Park Square, Leeds.

Specialist areas of practice:

Church Law 

Construction Work

Computers 

Ecclesiastical Law

The Internet 

 

Mediation and Arbitration Experience:

James Behrens has been a CEDR accredited mediator since 1998. He currently mediates one to two cases a month, and in total well over 75 disputes. These cover a wide range of both commercial and non-commercial subjects. He is widely praised for the way he helps the parties find a solution to their dispute, his professionalism, and his success. 

He has been a chartered abritrator since 2001, and is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He holds the Chartered Institute's Diploma in International Commercial Arbitrators, and has had over 50 appointments as arbitrator, mainly in disputes concerning the computer and telecommunications business, partnerships, sale of goods, landlord and tenant law, and financial services. He also acts as barrister in commercial and property arbitrations. 

Relevant cases include: 

  • Mediation of an unfair prejudice petition between the shareholders of a £3 million company (2006) (Settled)
     
  • Mediation of a proprietary estoppel claim concerning a £1.3 million property (2005) (Settled)
     
  • Mediation of £1 million dispute concerning stem cell research (2004) (Settled) 
     
  • Arbitration of a landlord and tenant dispute concerning dilapidations (2006)
     
  • Arbitration of a dispute between the partners in a medical practice (2005) 

A full mediation and arbitration biography is available on request.

 

News & Events

  • News

    Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - Jersey

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