Former circuit judge and district judge, now working as a mediator and lecturer both in the UK and overseas. He was accredited as a mediator in early 2013 through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), following his retirement as a Circuit Judge. He is a member of the Civil Mediation Council.
Keith has a strong background in dispute resolution, both by way of litigation and mediation. Early in his legal career, he established himself as a solicitor in his own private practice, confronting the realities, both for himself and his many clients, not only of a thriving and growing business but also of the perils of litigation. He has always been prepared to pursue alternative methods of dispute resolution, where appropriate, both for individuals and businesses.
During his 21-year judicial career, initially as a District and subsequently a Circuit Judge, sitting in County Courts throughout South East England, he gained wide experience of the practicalities and realities of litigation. He was instrumental in the implementation of more conciliatory and mediatory approaches in the civil and family fields of law. He gained the reputation of being a sympathetic and innovatory judge, prepared where necessary to adopt an interventionist and mediatory approach to the disputes before him.
A significant aspect of his professional background has been in the international sphere. For ten years, he was Director of Studies for the Commonwealth Magistrates’ & Judges’ Association with responsibility for devising and running a wide programme of activities in many different parts of the world. He is on the editorial board of the Commonwealth Judicial Journal and is a member of the standing Working Group on the Commonwealth Principles. He has regularly lectured on legal matters in the UK and in different parts of the Commonwealth, and chaired or led many different Commonwealth judicial and other programmes.
He has a particular interest in environmental issues and in recent years has worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the preparation of a benchbook and draft training module for judicial officers on international environmental law. He has participated in a number of training programmes in this field of law.
His legal career has been focused on achieving fair and equitable dispute resolution. He took early retirement from being a Circuit Judge to concentrate on mediation as an effective and economic method of achieving this. He is available to carry out mediations in both the commercial and domestic spheres.