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Bill’s Russian experience expands

Bill is delighted to be building on his already extensive experience of Russian-related mediations.  

In the last few months, he has mediated two major Russian-based commercial disputes, one in Moscow, the other out of St Petersburg.  He has also recently joined a select group of international mediators forming the international panel of the Moscow-based Scientific and Methodological Center for Mediation and Law.

This adds to his extensive history of mediation work in Russia/CIS, including founding and chairing a forum for eleven regional countries to cooperate on mediation developments (2016), advising the Russian Government on dispute resolution reforms in the welfare sector (1999-2002), and mediating numerous Russian/CIS-based disputes.




2018 Thought Leader

Bill is delighted and honoured to be recognised again in this year’s Who’s Who Legal as one of a small number of global “Thought Leaders” in mediation.

Based on nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources, the Thought Leaders nominations aim to recognise not only “vast expertise and experience”, but also the “ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver”.



Top-ranked in Legal 500

Bill is delighted to be top-ranked in Legal 500 2017, along with all his colleagues at Independent Mediators.

The listing notes:

“Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators is ‘a mediator who has seen and done it all before, yet he still manages to bring a freshness and energy to each mediation. He has a nicely understated style, but forceful when he needs to be, and hugely experienced at getting a sense of how the parties want to negotiate, and where a deal lies’. Marsh covers a broad range of UK-related and international commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence; he also acts in disputes involving shareholders, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping.”

Bill’s “Who’s Who” Double

Bill is delighted and honoured to get a Who’s Who Legal “double” again this year, ranked as:

  • one of five European “Thought Leaders” in mediation in this year’s Who’s Who Legal, with further details in his Who’s Who Legal profile.   Bill has been a Who’s Who Thought Leader every year since the category began; and
  • one of the UK’s leading mediators, described as “Industry titan…outstanding, very capable and highly versatile. He frequently undertakes international mediations in a vast array of countries involving disputes reaching the billion-pound mark and above in value”.

2017 Global 100 Award

Bill is delighted and honoured to be named as the UK’s “ADR Lawyer of the Year” in the 2017 Global 100.

The publication consists of only 100 of the World’s leading firms and individuals, with votes received from people in over 163 countries, and aims to “provide … a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation”, to “provide a benchmark of the very best of the best”.

Based on nominees’ domestic and international work, the judges focus strongly on criteria such as the complexity and strategic significance of work conducted, as well as its scale and the use of any ground-breaking or innovative processes used. Winners are required to receive no less than 23% in votes from the global readership, currently in excess of 151,000.

Bill Co-Authors New EU Mediation Handbook

A new textbook on international commercial mediation in the EU has just been published, by Wolters Kluwer.  The book is the first of its kind to focus on the law and regulatory structure governing international mediation in each EU Member State, with the England and Wales section co-authored by Bill, together with Alexander Oddy and Jan O’Neill of Herbert Smith Freehills.

Described as “a highly effective way to analyse the quality and robustness of each of the EU’s twenty-nine national jurisdictions’ legal frameworks relevant to mediation (including legislation, case law, practice directions, codes of conduct, standards, and other regulatory instruments) and factor such an analysis into choices about governing law in mediation clauses and other agreement”, the book is itself a mark of the growth of international mediation.  That is certainly reflected in Bill’s own mediation practice, which has seen him work with parties in and from over fifty countries to date.

Global Thought Leader in Mediation

Bill is delighted and honoured to be named as one of ten global Thought Leaders in Mediation 2017, by Who’s Who Legal.

The publication Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders “brings together for the first time the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost lawyers in a single book”, and “aims to shine a light on what makes these lawyers the apogee of the profession. They are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients”.

Bill chairs 11 country mediation meeting in Belarus

Minsk, Belarus, venue for the inaugural International Mediation Forum, 2016
Minsk, Belarus, venue for the inaugural International Mediation Forum, 2016

Bill Marsh last week chaired an 11-country meeting in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to focus on the resolution of commercial disputes across the region. An agreed communique expressing support will follow shortly.

The two days of talks welcomed representatives, including Ministers and Deputy Ministers, from Ministries of Justice and courts of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine. They focussed on the challenges to implementing and growing commercial mediation across the region.

The meeting, opened and attended by Belarus Minister of Justice Oleg Slizhevski, is likely to constitute the most senior collection of representatives from those countries ever to meet to consider commercial mediation. Participants addressed the practical steps required for mediation in commercial disputes to become a reality, and shared experiences, obstacles and new thinking both from within and beyond the region.

Commercial mediation is widely recognised as an important component of effective justice systems, as well as a significant contributor to enhancing the investment and business climate.

Bill Marsh opens Minsk Forum 2016
Bill Marsh opens Minsk Forum 2016

Bill Marsh said: “I was delighted and honoured to welcome such senior representation from the 11 participating countries, and very grateful to Belarus Minister of Justice Oleg Slizhevski for welcoming us to Minsk for these discussions. Commercial mediation reforms have proved immensely effective in many countries and I have every expectation that these talks assist in will delivering progress on this front. I also thank the EBRD for demonstrating leadership in this field by funding the initiative”.

Discussions at Minsk Forum 2016
Discussions at Minsk Forum 2016

EBRD General Counsel Marie-Anne Birken said “The rule of law is of primary importance for our countries of operation. It is crucial for the development of proper judiciary and for shaping a better investment climate. In this respect the introduction of commercial mediation is another step in the right direction”.