Gary Webber is an independent mediator, accredited by the ADR Group. He is trained both as a commercial and civil mediator and as a family mediator.
Gary was a practising barrister for 22 years specialising in property law. Since 2003 he has practised as a mediator and run training courses in various areas of property law. He is the author of Business Premises: Possession and Lease Renewal, 4ed (Sweet & Maxwell) and co-author of Residential Possession Proceedings, 8ed (Sweet & Maxwell). He is frequently asked to speak at conferences, writes regularly for legal journals, is on the editorial board of the White Book and sits as a Deputy District Judge.
Gary has extensive experience, both as a barrister and as a mediator, in landlord and tenant disputes (commercial and residential) and disputes involving boundaries, rights of way and other easements, restrictive covenants, property joint ventures, co-ownership and other areas of property law. He also has a great deal of experience in family disputes having mediated many cases between parents and children, siblings, separating couples and divorcing partners. Much of this work has related to the dissolution of family businesses, co-ownership, inheritance and administration of estates.
Gary’s style is relaxed, friendly and empathetic. He listens carefully so as to understand what the parties really want and to extract those interests from the various matters that get encrusted onto disputes. He focuses on solutions and steers the parties in that direction from an early stage in the mediation. He is exceedingly patient but will speak plainly when required. His background in property law allows him quickly to grasp any technical issues, to suggest possible solutions and to help with the practical matters that arise during drafting. Except in limited circumstances he is not the sort of mediator who goes on late into the night.