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Stephen Bate provides dispute resolution services as a mediator and arbitrator, in addition to his work as a practising barrister at 5RB, 5 Raymond Buildings, Gray's Inn, London; is a full-time practising mediator and arbitrator: see at and

He is a member of CEDR Chambers, described by CEDR as ‘a practice group of mediators who have come together to offer the very highest standards of service to clients. Our mediators have obtained the highest levels of training in advanced mediation techniques and possess expertise in a wide variety of sectors’. He has been mediating for 15 years following CEDR accreditation in 2002 and has mediated disputes involving both high and low values, up to £250M. As a mediator, Stephen has a settlement rate of c. 70% and is listed in the Legal 500 as a leading mediator.

Stephen has been a Chartered Arbitrator since 2007 and has accepted appointments to sit as arbitrator in disputes with claim values in a broad range, from modest amounts to values well in excess of £250M. He has been sitting on/with various tribunals since 2002 in sports matters - football and racing - and in the healthcare arena - medical, dental and other professions.

Stephen is committed to providing the highest quality of service for individuals and organisations who have chosen Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dispute resolution is about achieving the most appropriate and cost-effective method of bringing a dispute to an end; by settlement or binding decision.

He has over 25 years’ experience as a barrister in civil and commercial disputes from highly varied areas of practice, including a specialisation for many years at 5RB chambers in entertainment, media, sports and telecommunications work.

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“Success was to a large extent due to the skill, expertise and persistence of Stephen. I would not hesitate to recommend Stephen as a mediator in future, nor would I hesitate in using him again.”

Partner City Law Firm

“We thought Stephen Bate was excellent … his approach was very measured, sensible and helpful.”

“He had a good understanding of the facts and grasped the issues quickly.”

“I have done about 20 mediations and this one was handled better than any of the others.”

“He managed the day extremely well and I will be recommending him for other mediations.”

“Well prepared and used the time very effectively during the day.”

“Stephen kept both parties focused and we arrived at a deal which both parties appeared very happy with.”

“From the moment we kicked off it was apparent he knew the documents…..and because he was so well prepared he asked some very good questions which brought up issues that hadn’t been discussed before.”

“He showed a real interest in the case and in helping the parties to achieve resolution, and demonstrated an understanding of the commercial as well as legal issues involved.”

“He kept the parties on point and drew them back to the issues in order to avoid time being wasted on irrelevant matters.”

“He offered pragmatic and commercial solutions, and was of valuable assistance when we were drafting the settlement agreement.”

“I felt he dealt very carefully and sympathetically with my client.”

“He was very active in the process and really made my client look at his case and made comments which were designed to get the parties closer together.”

“I was very impressed by Stephen’s patience, grip of the subject matter and tenaciousness.”

“It was certainly a case that should have settled in theory but ultimately I thought you did very well in bringing the parties together as you did.”