Judith Kelbie

Judith Kelbie

"Judith has a very impressive settlement rate at mediation in seemingly intractable disputes and brings an abundance of skill to the process. She is able to put people at their ease whilst also robustly reality testing to explore common interests and risk."


Judith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been mediating for 14 years.  She is a practicing Solicitor with her own firm, specialising in litigation. She is also founder, lead tutor and Director of the London School of Mediation. She trained with Stitt, Feld and Handy and ADR Chambers, and also attended the judicial mediation training with JAMS in New York. Judith has spoken on mediation at conferences in Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, and Lisbon. She is always well prepared and has the patience and stamina to work with a wide range of people and organisations across the full spectrum of disputes.

She has also mediated a wide range of disputes including:

  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Workplace and employment
  • Professional negligence
  • Inheritance 
  • Property, neighbour and boundary disputes
  • Occupational stress
  • Partnership, family business and company
  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Legal costs
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence
  • Clergy/laity
  • Education/SEN


  • Fellow of CIArb
  • Civil Mediation Council
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Trust Mediation mediator


Judith is a qualified electronic engineer and a Solicitor. 


Judith trained as a mediator in 2004. She has mediated hundreds of seemingly intractable disputes. She is instructed in modest to multi million pound cases including those where liability and/or causation are in issue. She is particularly skilled in multi party mediations, the largest to date involving 26 participants. She mediates complex personal injury, clinical negligence, disease and stress claims as well as the full range of civil and commercial disputes.

She has undertaken mediation training in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, Grand Cayman, British Virgin Islands and Bahamas.

Judith was for 6 years an independent elected board member of the Civil Mediation Council. She chaired the academic committee responsible for standards in mediation. She is a Director of the London School of Mediation.


"Judith is passionate about mediation! She has an excellent grasp of both the papers, the legal issues and individual concerns. She was patient, encouraging and empathetic."

"Judith is able to quickly grasp technical matters whilst also managing deep emotion."

"As a believer of self-determination, Judith encouraged us to generate a sustainable and durable outcome that we owned."

"A master (or mistress) of mediation."

"As ever, Judith was a pleasure to work with. She has a firm grasp of the law and evidence but is also able to tap into clients to achieve exceptional results."

"Exactly what we needed to move forward."


Judith Kelbie

Call Judith Kelbie

0207 5830444


What does a mediation session cost?

The fee is usually split equally between the parties, unless they agree otherwise. We have a fee for 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours that includes administration, preparation, travel and the mediation. The parties usually provide the venue.

Areas of mediation

We can offer mediators in the following areas, although the list is not prescriptive:

  • Civil litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Property
  • Inheritance
  • Business disputes
  • Construction
  • Clinical negligence
  • Land
  • S106 planning
  • Professional negligence
  • Occupational stress
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Neighbour
  • Insurance claims
  • Workplace disputes
  • Contract
  • Partnership disagreements