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Mediator Profile

Mediator Profile

“My working life has happily comprised commercial mediation as my exclusive enthusiasm since early 2007. I was accredited by CEDR in 1997 and mediated in tandem with my practice as a litigation partner until 2007.”

Charles Middleton-Smith - Commercial Mediator


Charles has been legally qualified since 1978 and was a partner in commercial law firms between 1980 and 2007. In 1991 he joined Edge Ellison and up until 2007 was a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department of Squire Sanders (UK) LLP, formerly known as Hammonds. Charles led the Hammonds Mediation initiative to promote ADR throughout the firm’s offices in Europe and to its clients, the firm having won the prestigious CEDR award for excellence in ADR three times running.

Charles is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, is certified by the International Mediation Institute, accredited by CEDR and a Member of the Civil Mediation Council, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Mediation) and In Place of Strife the Mediation Chambers.

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  • Ranked in Chambers UK 2021
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  • CMC Registered Mediator - 2021
  • The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
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