Lawrence Kershen QC

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Lawrence Kershen QC

Lawrence now works exclusively in mediation and ADR, and in training others in mediation and negotiation skills. He has practised as a mediator since he was accredited in 1994, with experience in a variety of disputes in a range of sectors. Chambers Guide consistently identifies him as a Leader at the Bar in ADR. 


His mediation experience includes commercial contracts, banking and financial services, construction, defamation, engineering, inheritance, insurance, intellectual property, manufacturing, media, partnership, police, professional negligence, property, shareholdings and voluntary organisations. He also has experience in cross-cultural disputes.


Lawrence practised as a barrister for more than 30 years in a broad range of civil, commercial and complex criminal cases, and sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He acted as observer for Amnesty International in trials in the Gambia, Israel and Grenada, and in 1991 mediated between the Government of Grenada and 14 death row prisoners.


He has been actively involved in the development of Restorative Justice in the UK, both in the criminal field and in schools and organisations. From 2003-12 Lawrence was a Board member and latterly Chair of the Restorative Justice Council, and is trained as a restorative facilitator.


To support the international work of Search for Common Ground in conflict transformation and peace-building he helped establish Search for Common Ground in the UK in 2007. He was its Chair until 2012 and remains a Board member. In 2007 he was honoured to be appointed Chief Pa Kumrabai of Yoni Bana Chiefdom in Sierra Leone.


He is a certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is also accredited as a trainer of Nonviolent Communication, the work of Dr Marshall Rosenberg. 


What the Directories Say

"Facilitative without being intrusive" and "masterful yet empathetic," … "He has the ability to connect with clients so that they know that he understands and sympathises with them and will help them look for common ground.” (Chambers Guide 2013)


‘A mediator of great experience’, ‘extremely personable’ [he] is ‘extremely helpful in different types of mediations of different sizes’. His experience covers the full range of commercial disputes, including cross-border cases. (Legal 500 2013)


…attracts great praise for the depth and breadth of his mediation expertise…absolutely top rung and a natural mediator (Chambers Guide 2012)


… enjoys a very strong reputation, and really knows his stuff (Legal 500 2012)


an "instinctive mediator" with experience across professional negligence, finance and IP disputes, amongst others. He attracts particular praise for his mediation training programmes (Chambers Guide 2011)


Training and facilitation

For more than 20 years Lawrence has created and led training courses in mediation and negotiation skills around the world. His training programmes are designed to develop skills-based learning for individuals and organisations, and facilitate dialogue and communication.


He has been a lead trainer for organisations including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London, the Danish Bar and Law Society and the Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards, Europe and North America.


He designed and chaired the first South Asian Regional ADR Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2004 for the British Council, subsequently leading Mediator Skills Training and Train the Trainers Courses there in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, as well as courses for the Central Board of Revenue in Pakistan.


He has also led mediation trainings for lawyers, judiciary and others in UK, Slovakia, Finland, Iceland, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon. Most recently he facilitated workshops on Reconciliation as part of the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meetings in Sri Lanka.



Articles include:

  • Healing the Wounds of War – Restorative Justice in Sri Lanka. Cordoba Foundation 2014 (scheduled)
  • A restorative justice system. The Custodial Review, 2013
  • Why RJ? Probation Junior, Romania, April 2013
  • Making justice systems more restorative – a view from the Bench. Law Society Gazette, November 2012
  • ADR – the Nestle Way. Resolutions, CEDR, September 1998

and has contributed to:

  • Independent Police Complaints Commission Report. House of Commons Home Affairs Committee 2013
  • Prisoner Rehabilitation. House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group 2012
  • Making Mediation Work for You. Legal Action Group, 2012.
  • Restorative Justice – a Victim Perspective. University of Applied Sciences, Kiel, Germany 2012 - EU Project ‘Improving Knowledge and Practice of Restorative Justice’
  • ADR Principles and Practice - Brown & Marriott. Sweet & Maxwell, 2011
  • The Role of the Party Lawyer - Mediation as an Opportunity. Jurist-og Okonomforbundets Forlag, Denmark 2011
  • Mediator Handbook. CEDR, 1997 to 2010

Main areas of practice


Restorative Justice

Alternative Dispute Resolution



Italian (conversational)


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