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11 South Street, Ditchling, Ditchling BN6 8UQ



  • CEDR accreditation: 1997
  • CEDR Civil/Commercial Panel Mediator: since 1999
  • Court of Appeal Panel Mediator: since 2003
  • CEDR accredited Employment & Workplace Mediator: 2020
  • Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council: since 2021

 Client Feedback

“…sensible, thoughtful, and finally managed to broker an agreement when initially the parties were poles apart… He is uniquely qualified to be a mediator. He is dedicated, organised, experienced and proficient… It was a privilege to witness your calm, measured, authoritative yet warm approach and your making of strategically correct decisions at every stage”.


Kevin Smyth is a retired solicitor having formerly been a Director, Senior Partner, and Head of Litigation of his firm. Since 1st May 2016, he has been a full-time mediator with over 20 years’ experience. He is a member CEDR's Panel of UK Mediators ( and has conducted over 150 mediations in cases relating to wide variety of disputes and industries, more than 80% of which have resulted in a settlement being reached on or soon after the mediation day. Kevin was first appointed to the Court of Appeal’s Panel of Mediators in October 2003, and he continues to be a member of it. In April 2021, he was made a Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council.

Both as a mediator and/or legal representative in mediations, Kevin has been involved in cases concerning many different types of commercial and civil disputes including company/shareholder/partnership disputes and others involving breach of contract, sale of goods and services, franchising, life and other insurance indemnities, employment (including workplace mediations for which he is CEDR trained and accredited to conduct), employee discrimation, personal injury, clinical and other professional negligence, disputed wills and other contentious probate disputes including Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act claims, Court of Protection, financial provision following separation/divorce and many different types of other disputes.

 Professional Background

Throughout his post admission career as a Solicitor, Kevin practiced solely as a civil litigation lawyer. For much of that time, he did so in the professional and clinical negligence/personal injury arenas. In the case of the latter, he successfully prosecuted three claims that resulted in awards of damages exceeding £3 - £4 million. Kevin is also a highly experienced practitioner of independent chairing in the public and private sectors. He has chaired numerous appeal hearings of the Legal Aid Agency’s National Special Review Controls Panel as well as its Funding Review Committees. He has also chaired meetings related to employment and workplace issues and was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of a well-known large independent secondary school for six years.


Accountants’ negligence                                                                                                           Architects’ negligence

Commercial disputes                                                                                                                Company Law disputes

Construction & engineering                                                                                                    Costs & professional fees disputes

Education                                                                                                                                   Employment & Workplace

Financial services & Insurance                                                                                              Franchising

Insurance cover indemnities                                                                                                  Matrimonial Finance

NHS, healthcare and clinical negligence                                                                             Partnership & shareholder disputes

Personal injury                                                                                                                         Property (commercial as well as residential) and landlord & tenant

Public sector                                                                                                                              Sales of goods and services

Solicitors’ negligence                                                                                                               Trust, wills and post death disputes

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