Andrew Parsons FCI Arb - Specialist Civil Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator

By: Portsmouth Barristers Chambers - The Chambers of Mr Andrew Parsons FCIArb  05/09/2009
Keywords: business, construction, property

Portsmouth Barristers Chambers – Andrew Parsons FCIArb – Specialist Civil Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator  

Background & Areas of Expertise: Andrew founded the Portsmouth Barristers’ Chambers in 1990. He has a commercial background. Prior to practising at the Bar he worked as a money and corporate finance broker in the City of London. He has a purely civil practice. In June 1998 he became an accredited commercial mediator with the ADR Group. In October 1999 he qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in December 2000 qualified as a Fellow. He sits on the ADR Committee of the Bar Council, the Committee of the Southern Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the City Disputes Resolution Panel.  

His work falls into broadly five categories:

1) Business and Commercial: Building and construction, carriage of goods by road and sea (shipping dry work & containers), company, commercial contracts, partnership

2) Professional Negligence and Regulatory: Principally concerning accountants, architects, commercial agents, auditors, brokers, financial advisers, solicitors and surveyors. He has been recommended as a leading junior in the field of professional negligence in a number of publications, including The Lawyer. He was on the former SIF Panel.

3) Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury: Particularly cases where there are complicated items of loss arising. (Privately paying work only – Andrew does not undertake any work on a CFA basis).

4) Property and Finance: Banking, boundary disputes, broking, consumer credit, corporate finance arrangements, derivatives, financial services, Inheritance Act, insolvency, landlord and tenant, loan/lease/hire purchase agreements, mortgages, pensions.

5) Family and Personal Finance: Complex ancillary relief and co-habitee cases (particularly involving companies, partnerships, trusts and pensions). Andrew has dealt with a number of high value “celebrity” ancillary relief cases.  

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Andrew is committed to the use of ADR, such as mediation, as a more sensible and civilised way to resolve disputes. He brings his experience as a barrister to his mediation and arbitration work and welcomes instructions to act for parties in arbitration and mediation, as well as appointments as an arbitrator or mediator.  

In real life, cases do not fit into neat categories. Nor do the means of resolving them. A key advantage to instructing Andrew is that he is versatile, having experience and expertise in overlapping categories of work, not only in litigation but also in mediation and arbitration.   

Although based in Portsmouth on the South Coast, Andrew travels widely to undertake his work. For example, he has conducted conferences and appeared at court hearings or mediation meetings in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Leeds, London, Maidstone, Manchester, Oxford, Preston and Stoke-on-Trent. The fact that a case involves parties, solicitors and/or other representatives who are nowhere near Portsmouth or the South Coast is therefore not a problem.  

Public Access: In certain cases, Andrew can be instructed direct, without the involvement of a solicitor, under a comparatively new scheme known as Public Access.  

Fees: Andrew’s hourly rates of charge generally vary from £150 to £250 per hour, although special fee rates may apply in respect of cases were substantial work is required and all fees are subject to negotiation with his Senior Clerk / Executive Manager, Mrs Jackie Morrison. By prior arrangement, work may be sent without obligation for consideration by Andrew and if no fee can be agreed there will be no charge for the time he has spent. Fees as an arbitrator or mediator vary, but as a rough guide start at approximately £1,000 plus VAT per party per day plus expenses.

Service commitment: We will do our best to provide a fast, friendly and efficient service.  

How can Andrew Parsons help?   Andrew may be able to help you in various ways:  

1) As a barrister:  
    Drafting or reviewing documents
    Giving advice, either on the telephone, in a meeting or in writing
    Appearing as an advocate in Court, arbitration, mediation or other ADR process  

Andrew likes to become involved in a case at the earliest possible stage, long before the dispute escalates to expensive litigation.  

A particular specialist area of his drafting work is preparing standard terms and conditions of contract, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements.  

A particular specialist area of his advocacy work is appearing at emergency hearings where time is of the essence, for example emergency injunction hearings, and appearing for parties at mediation meetings, where he is able to use his experience as a mediator to good effect.

A special service offered direct to businesses under the Public Access Scheme is a “Business Health-Check Service” drafting a reviewing documents such as contracts (for example franchise agreements) and drafting and reviewing standard terms and conditions of business.  This is a valuable service direct to businesses, helping them to avoid future potential legal problems or disputes.  

2) As a Mediator:

    Administering the Mediation
    Conducting a Mediation Meeting with the parties and their representatives in a confidential setting helping the parties try to settle their dispute
    Assisting in preparing the terms of a settlement agreement
    Saving the parties the expense, stress and upset of litigation  

Andrew is an experienced mediator. He was one of the first barristers to become qualified as a commercial mediator over 10 years ago.

3) As an Arbitrator:

    Administering the Arbitration
    Considering the competing cases of the parties and if appropriate conducting an Arbitration Hearing with the parties and their representatives in a confidential setting
    Making a decision (issuing an Award) that decides the dispute  

Further Information: For further information please contact Jackie Morrison or visit

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