Mediation is a voluntary process which involves an independent third party (‘the mediator’) who helps the parties reach an amicable settlement in respect of their dispute. Mediations are conducted in private and are, generally speaking, considerably quicker and less expensive than arbitration or litigation.
Providing that the parties agree to participate in the process, mediation is capable of resolving a wide range of different types of dispute including, but not limited to, disputes between employees and employers, consumers and traders, as well as businesses and those they engage.
Unlike arbitration and litigation, mediation is not an adversarial process. Instead, the mediator facilitates discussion and dialogue between the parties with a view to reaching an agreed decision. This has the advantage, in many cases, of preserving the relationship between the parties- something which inevitably cannot be achieved where parties resort to arbitration or litigation.
At the QICDRC, mediations are conducted in accordance with the QICDRC Mediation Rules . Mediations are initiated in one of three ways: (i) by the Qatar International Court or QFC Regulatory Tribunal (with the agreement of the parties), (ii) as a result of a contractual provision to refer the dispute to mediation, or (iii) at the voluntary request of one or more parties to a dispute (with the agreement of the other party/parties). Where parties seek to refer a dispute to mediation, the Registrar will suggest a list of mediators from the specially created QICDRC Panel from which the parties can make a selection. If the parties are unable to agree on a particular mediator, the Registrar will make the appointment.
The appointed mediator has complete flexibility to conduct the mediation in such manner as he or she considers appropriate and most likely to be successful having regard to the nature and circumstances of the dispute.
Ideally, the mediation will result in an amicable settlement agreement which all parties are content with. If settlement cannot be reached, the parties may then consider whether to resort to another form of dispute resolution.
The QICDRC’s purpose built mediation facilities are available for use by parties and mediators. The facilities comprise a large plenary room with modern, easily moveable, furniture so as to allow the layout of the room to be adapted to suit the needs of the parties and the mediator. The room also contains a large presentation monitor and can be equipped with a range of technological and administrative support resources as required. In addition, private break-out rooms are available for the parties and the mediator and, like the large plenary room, contain a wide-screen presentation monitor and can be stocked with portable office equipment as required.
Please see below details of our expert panel of mediators who have extensive experience across a wide range of specialisms. In addition to the mediators listed below, judges of the Court and Regulatory Tribunal are able to act as judicial mediators in appropriate cases. If you have a query about any of our mediators, or the QICDRC Mediation Service in general, please contact Registry@qicdrc.gov.qa.
George Lim is Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre. He is a Senior Counsel, and was President of the Law Society of Singapore between 1998-1999. George has mediated close to 500 cases, with a success rate of 75-80%. His mediation practice covers banking, finance, joint ventures, construction, professional negligence, partnerships, family and cross-border disputes.
George is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide. He was Singapore’s mediation consultant to UNCITRAL Working Group II, which led to the adoption of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.
In October 2019, he was appointed to the Roster of Panel Chairs of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Dispute Settlement. In 2020, he was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 429 of the world’s leading commercial mediators and was named a global thought leader in mediation.
Huw having qualified as a barrister in the UK in 1998 has practiced in both the UK and Qatar. Huw’s broad experience of employment issues, regulatory frameworks, corporate governance, commercial contracts, investment agreements and construction related matters, both within the public and private sectors as a lawyer, mediator and negotiator has transitioned well into his ADR practice.
Huw is an approachable proactive problem solver who can easily engage with parties, quickly grasp a situation and focus on impartially resolving issues in a commercially viable way; this has enabled individuals and organisations alike to increase their productivity and reduce conflict.
Huw is passionate about creating opportunities for people to explore and resolve disputes and has written numerous articles on dispute resolution and effective relationship management. Huw is an accredited Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) commercial mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Huw is fluent in Welsh and English and has lived in Doha, Qatar since 2012.
Michael Cover qualified as a barrister and worked as in-house counsel and then requalified as a solicitor (England & Wales) in private practice. He has been working full time as a third party neutral (mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator) for the last ten years. He is a CEDR- Accredited Mediator and has completed around 250 mediations. In addition to his commercial mediation qualification, Michael Cover is trained as a family and family business mediator and has also trained as an Investor State Mediator. He is on the panels of mediators of many of the leading ADR institutions around the world and is a Certified Mediator with both the International Mediation Institute and the Singapore International Mediation Institute.
His mediation practice encompasses commercial and contract disputes, construction and engineering, energy, IP and IT and technology, Insurance, maritime, pharmaceuticals, public procurement, shareholder and partnership disputes.
His mediation style combines facilitative and evaluative approaches and he is said to be both thoroughly-prepared on the legal issues and displaying commercial acumen, as well being sensitive and energetic. He has, in addition, experience of mediating in the GCC Region and he is a Member of ArbDB Chambers www.arbdb.com
Rosemary Jackson is in full-time practice as a Mediator and Conciliator and has embraced virtual mediation since April 2020 with great effect. This follows a successful practice at the Construction Bar from 1983 until October 2014. Her mediation practice covers construction, engineering, power, water, solar and process plants and general commercial disputes.
Rosemary’s approach is highly commercial. Since 2001 she has mediated and co-mediated disputes up to £2bn and between up to 10 parties. Many complex or multi-party mediations benefit from Rosemary’s ability to case-manage the dispute and participate in a structured mediation process over a number of months.
Her background in construction litigation, combined with good preparation, enables her to identify the issues incisively. This enables her to reality-test the parties’ cases and assist them in evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Rosemary’s approach is adaptable, and she is able to deploy a blend of facilitation and evaluation to suit the particular mediation. Where invited (and if appropriate) she is willing to assist the parties by making evaluations, recommendations or post-mediation assessments.
She is consistently listed as one of the world’s leading construction mediators in Who’s Who Legal: Construction, and as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2020. She is featured as a Leading Silk for construction mediations by Legal 500, 2020 and listed in Band 1 (Mediation) by Chambers and Partners UK and UK Bar Guides 2020, having been ranked as a mediator since 2010. Rosemary is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for mediators.
Sultan Al-Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Beirut Arab University - Lebanon and a Master of Laws degree (International and Comparative Law) from Southern Methodist University - USA. He is the founder and managing partner of Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners. Prior to joining private practice, he worked for the national oil company in Qatar (Qatar Petroleum) where he worked for more than 22 years. His last position with QP was that of managing counsel. Since starting his private practice in 1999, he advised many governmental agencies and national and multinational corporations on corporate and commercial matters. He currently focuses on representing clients before judicial and arbitral tribunals in and outside Qatar and serving as an arbitrator.
Mr Al-Abdulla was appointed to the QICDRC Mediation Panel in October 2020. His mediation profile includes acting as a mediator between the co-owners of an IP company (settled); acting as a mediator between the partners of a law firm (settled); acting as a mediator between a company owner and a manager (settled); participating in a mediation exercise as counsel for one of the parties (not settled); acting as a co-mediator between the shareholders of a company (partially settled); acting as a mediator in a dispute between a Qatari and non-Qatari shareholders of a major construction company (settled).
Bill Wood is a leading international mediator based in London. He was the 2018 Mediation Lawyer of the Year and is the ADR representative on the Civil Justice Council (England and Wales).
Bill was educated at Oxford and Harvard before going to the London Bar in 1980. He became a QC in 1998 and spent over 30 years as a commercial litigator. He is based at leading London set Brick Court Chambers.
He began to mediate in 1999 and now practises as a full-time commercial mediator, handling some 80 cases each year, many of them (prior to Covid) in overseas jurisdictions.
He mediates a wide range of large-scale commercial disputes centred on banking, financial services, oil and gas, and insurance, as well as professional negligence, construction and engineering, IT, competition and regulation, employment and discrimination, human rights, intellectual property and planning disputes. He has mediated in Hong Kong, Paris, Geneva, Barcelona, Dubai, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Mexico, Singapore and New York.
He is a member of the faculty of themediatoracademy.com and writes on mediation matters for The Lawyer, Counsel, Insurance, Day and The Mediator Magazine, as well as lecturing and consulting on mediation matters. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. He sits as an arbitrator and arbitrates (and mediates) for the ICC.
Bill lives in Oxfordshire, England.