Iain Goldrein QC

Iain Goldrein QC is a qualified mediator in commercial and family matters and accredited by the Academy of Experts [1991] and the ADR Group [2009 and 2010]. He was called to the Bar in July 1975 and Queen’s Counsel since 1997 and has practical and inter-disciplinary experience in family, civil and crime work. Iain runs a commercial co-mediation service with solicitor Mark Mattison. He is a panel member of Consensus Mediation; ADR Group; Academy of Experts and the Civil Mediation Council. He is also a Council Member of the International Institute of Experts [Hong Kong]; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He has attracted powerful praise for mediation performance and perceives his development of communication, including listening skills with a widely diverse range of people, as central to his ability in this arena. Iain approach is based on enfranchisement and empowering, rather than by way of imposing by diktat.

Outside his mediation work, Iain is heavily involved in the judicial system, legal education and training. He was a visiting professor and the Sir Jack Jacob Chair in Litigation at the Nottingham Law School and an Advisory Editor for the Hong Kong “White Book” for Civil Procedure. He was also appointed by Lord Slynn as a Companion of the Academy of Experts and provided assistance to Ealing Law School, University of West London, to launch its mediation course.

He has held judicial appointments including as a Deputy High Court Judge [2008]; a Recorder in crime, civil and family cases [between 1995 and 1998]; Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal [Restricted Cases Panel, 1999 – 2002] and Panel Deemster, Isle of Man [2012]. He has advised a group of Peers in the House of Lords on various issues in mediation including for the establishment of the Royal College of Mediators, the inclusion of mediation in the context of the Localism Bill and the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill. 

He is widely published and most of Iain’s publications, speeches and papers focus on litigation and alternative dispute resolution. For many years he edited the Journal of the Northern Circuit “In Brief.”

Iain has a passionate commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity and has volunteered with various judicial schemes including providing assistance to Lord Chancellor’s Department and Ministry of Justice in the area of equality and diversity; family proceedings; Woolf reforms; settlements and expert evidence. Iain has lectured and trained many litigators and solicitor advocates over three decades both in the UK and abroad in particular Hong Kong.

He is a recognised speaker and has delivered major papers in law conferences and events both in the UK and abroad. Most of his papers address the need for fair and cost-effective dispute resolution process before and during litigation as well as access to justice. His current professional committee service and membership are as follows: Member of the Association of Northern Mediators; Muslim-Jewish Forum; Family Law Bar Association Regional Committee; FLBA; Criminal Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; Bar Pro Bono Panel; Free Representation Unit; and  Council Member in Faith in the Future.

Iain is married with two children and a grandchild and his hobbies and interests include current affairs, steam engines and anything to do with aeronautical and the historical foundations of the English Common Law.