Civil & Commercial Mediator

Oliver is a full time, accredited civil and commercial mediator who works nationwide. Oliver helps parties find workable solutions to a wide range of emotive and contentious disputes that cover trust, tax, company, partnership, property, charity, probate and elder law. He is a solicitor (non-practicing) who trained at Allen and Overy LLP, London and worked at Wrigleys Solicitors, Leeds for ten years where he was a partner in the private client team.

Oliver has successfully mediated a wide range of disputes. He is a first rate communicator and is quick to build trust. He uses a psychotherapeutic approach to mediation to help parties find workable solutions to a wide range of emotive and contentious issues.

His background in private client law gives him the ability to help parties with their most sensitive, personal and private affairs within the complex frame work of trust, tax, company, partnership, property, employment, probate and elder law . Oliver maintains that no matter how complicated and entrenched the problem, it is nearly always possible for participants to achieve a mediated solution.

Oliver is an advocate and practitioner of non-evaluative mediation. With the help of the mediator, the process gives the parties the opportunity to find their own solution. It is not the mediator's role to express opinions on the relevant law or on the merits of particular positions. Oliver is an expert in reality-testing and challenging the parties' positions, to give the parties the best chance of negotiating a mutually acceptable solution.

Mediations during lockdown: Oliver is happy to mediate face to face where it is permitted under current government guidelines and it is safe to do so. He is happy to mediate online (via Zoom) and over the telephone in time-limited and full day mediations.

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Testimonials from referrers about Oliver’s work as a Mediator

“Thanks for all your help yesterday, Oliver. You were patient and worked hard. Thanks too for your sensitivity. It is a difficult dispute on so many levels for the clients, and my room certainly found you very reassuring.” Thomas Dumont QC, Radcliffe Chambers

I recently used Oliver Hallam for mediation in a protracted probate dispute with half siblings. We decided to try mediation as a last ditch attempt to resolve the matter before it went to court and costs became extortionate. I didn’t know what to expect and as quite anxious and stressed given the nature of my case. Oliver put me at ease from the outset of the process. Even before the mediation session, he explained each step full and even made himself a available to speak to out of hours. When I attended mediation, I found Oliver extremely friendly and approachable. He explained the process and what to expect. He even provided much needed snacks to keep energy levels up throughout the day. Much to my surprise but absolute relief he managed to successfully mediate between the parties until we reached an agreement! It was a weight off my shoulders. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Oliver Hallam as a mediator to an one else going through a similar dispute situation. It may not be suitable for everyone but it s definitely worth a try!” Stephanie Green

Constantly rated as "excellent" and given "10 out of 10" in client and legal representative feedback and with all saying they would use him again, Oliver is "first class", "very professional", "very helpful" and knowledgeable and quickly gains "a good grasp of the relationships involved".

What will it cost?

We offer a range of fixed fee packages on a pay as you go basis so that you can budget and costs are kept to a manageable level. We also offer reduced fees through our fee assistance scheme (based upon an income means test).

Trusted Names In Mediation

At Consilia Mediation we recognise that the process of the breakdown of a relationship, whether in your personal or work life, is stressful and can be a very traumatic time. Our accredited mediators are sensitive in approach and highly skilled at dealing with difficult and challenging situations.

Laura Clapton
Family Solicitor & Family Mediator

Laura is an accredited Family Mediator. Laura is known for providing the highest level of client care. Laura takes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to cases, whilst ensuring she is robust and focuses on achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Marie Walsh
Employment Solicitor, Civil & Employment Mediator

Marie Walsh is a fully trained workplace mediator. As an employment law solicitor and mediator, Marie has a wealth of experience assisting parties inside and alongside the workplace mediation setting. Marie is able to act as the mediator in workplace disputes and assist in avoiding litigation.

Kelly Walters
Senior Associate, Family Law

Kelly is known for her legal expertise, professionalism and straight talking approach. Kelly provides the support necessary to obtain a positive outcome in what can be a very difficult time. Kelly employs a range of strategies to help participants to reach a consensus as quickly and with as little stress as possible.

What our clients say about Consilia Legal on

  • Received a really good service from Marie and the team including Emma, who offered valuable support throughout. I contacted Consilia following a recommendation from a union representative. Was given great advise through her trusted associate who offered an accurate and professional assessment. Marie secured a really good outcome due to her knowledge, perseverance, conscientiousness and genuine desire to try and get the best outcome on my behalf. A lot of genuine empathy and respect expressed and a brilliant negotiator. Very well informed, experienced and brilliant communicator. True to her word re costs as discussion was upfront and honest. Very reasonable rate compared to other firms. Would recommend to others Thank you very much!

    Elaben Mistry Jackson Avatar Elaben Mistry Jackson
    May 26, 2019
  • Marie and her staff have been very helpful. Marie had assisted me previously with an employment law issues so I had no hesitation in engaging her again. She helped me through an unpleasant job related matter when I was at a low ebb and feeling unable to fight my own corner. As before Marie gave sound, straight forward advice and took over the handling of communication with my employer until the matter was resolved. When I had to take action myself Marie was always there to consult if I was worried about something. I would thoroughly recommend Consilia Legal to anyone.

    Amanda Keers Avatar Amanda Keers
    June 24, 2019
  • Marie, Andy, Victoria and Emma were exceptional in their help, advice and support – all done with a non-nonsense super friendly approach. Really took the stress out of a difficult corporate employment process. I felt safe and confident in their capable hands, recommending them highly.

    Sophie Webb Avatar Sophie Webb
    June 3, 2019
  • Very professional and got the right result for me in a very timely abs efficient manner. Great service, good advice and an excellent result I couldn’t have got on my own

    Jon Geldart Avatar Jon Geldart
    May 23, 2019
  • Excellent service from Laura Clapton guiding me through a difficult divorce process. Super efficient, professional and carries out the work with understanding and compassion for your situation. Would highly recommend and have already recommended.

    Jo Allan Avatar Jo Allan
    April 9, 2019

Laura Clapton
Director, Family Solicitor & Mediator
0113 887 4672
0786 023 2975

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Director, Employment Solicitor & Mediator
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