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Mediator Of The Year 2019!

Bill is deeply honoured (and not a little chuffed!) to have been awarded Mediator Of The Year 2019 by the global Who’s Who Legal.   On top of that, Bill’s commercial mediation chambers Independent Mediators was awarded Mediation Firm Of The Year 2019.

Both I and Independent Mediators are genuinely humbled and grateful to those who entrust us with the privilege of mediating their disputes. 

Thank you.  


Bill Joins Bombay Mediation Centre Panel

Bill is honoured to have joined the Panel of Eminent Mediators at the newly-formed Bombay Mediation and Conciliation Centre, where he will be available for international mediations.   Other panel members include retired Indian Supreme Court Honourable Justice Mr. B.N. Srikrishna and Honourable Justice Mr. Deepak Verma.

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.