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“It is inherent in a mediation process that the involved parties rarely get exactly what they want but the end result is always dependent on the quality of the mediator. That quality shone through today.

We were delighted at the outcome. I cannot stress enough the feeling of relief at the lifting of three years worth of harassment and constant pressure, which will now allow us to pursue our lives in a manner which we had thought would never return.”

“Is it wrong to hope that your clients will bring you a litigation problem, just so you get the chance to work with someone who inspires you? This was my dilemma while at [ ]. Stephen's passion ……. makes working with him fun and exciting. If there is a hope, he will find it, sometimes in the most unusual places. But if there is no hope, he will tell you, but beautifully craft an exit that gets the best commercial outcome for the client. I loved working with Stephen, he inspired me … and continues to do so to this day.”

“Stephen has mediated a case in which I was instructed as a barrister. His approach was very patient, measured and creative and we ended up with a good and workable compromise.”

“Stephen achieved a settlement between two difficult clients with entrenched views. He was efficient and organised, he pitched the discussions at exactly the right level. He engaged with the client and kept the momentum going until the very end. I would highly recommend Stephen and would not hesitate to instruct him again.”

Legal directory plaudits

Chambers & Partners' Guide to the UK Legal Profession rated Stephen Barker in ‘Band 1’ as a Leading Individual for his commercial dispute resolution work and has said of him:

"His "measured and sensible approach" convinces commentators that clients are in safe hands." [2008]

"Stephen Barker wins applause for his exceptional work."
"A well established and respected practitioner."
“Hard working and highly intelligent."

“An extremely good litigator with an astute business mind.” [2010]

"A-list player who has a good legal brain and brings incredible energy to his cases." [2011]