Anthony qualified as a mediator in 1993 whilst practicing as a solicitor. He found the experience of acting for parties in dispute pretty challenging, and has always had concerns whether the desire to win in court or arbitration misses the opportunity to come to an acceptable negotiated settlement far quicker and at far less cost. Lawyers should be as much healers rather than merely hired guns.
Mediation has taken him into areas right the way across the board from agriculture through to work related disputes. Passion and patience are two key drivers to his mediation practice. That commitment has reflected in his becoming a full time mediator and arbitrator in 2008. He teaches at Leeds Metropolitan University and sits on various committees of the Civil Mediation Council very much representing mediators in the north of England. He is a practicing Catholic and a member of their Pax Christi group for peace and reconciliation. He is also a member Quilliam Foundation challenging all types of extremism. He regularly mediates cross cultural disputes particularly ones involving very intense relationship breakdowns. His spiritual values are very much reflected in the way he operates seeking fair outcomes and encouraging transformative settlements. Holistic outcomes that lead to acknowledgment, reconciliation and forgiveness are far more likely to stand the test of time and be of positive benefit to those involved, and these are bonuses that an imposed solution simply cannot reach.
Anthony’s mediation style is very relaxed and extremely patient establishing good rapport with the parties. He can also turn his hand to arbitration and adjudication where he takes a pragmatic approach getting the parties co-operating within the process, narrowing the issues and keeping delays to a minimum.