Colin Russ is an experienced, independent commercial mediator having conducted well in excess of 1000 mediations. He has established an excellent reputation for the successful resolution of disputes relating to professional negligence, commercial contracts and shareholder/partnership disputes as well as disputes arising from IP rights and employment law. He has also led many successful mediations relating to real estate including 27 hours of unbroken mediation to conclude the settlement of a multi-party property dispute, which had been litigated for the previous 15 years. Colin is highly experienced in the financial services sector and has mediated numerous disputes arising out of interest hedging products and other derivatives as well as high value pension and investment disputes including issues across different jurisdictions.
Originally qualified as a lawyer, Colin practiced as a commercial litigation lawyer for over 20 years, ultimately joining international global law firm DLA Piper, where Colin became head of litigation in the Birmingham office. Over the last 17 years Colin has built up a thriving, independent commercial mediation business both in the UK and overseas. His repeat business accounts for some 80-85% of all mediations attended, and his settlement rate on the day remains well above the industry average.