Stephen is a great mediator to work with. He's good with either professional or lay clients to make them feel like they're heard
His preparation is always meticulous and he knows the bundles backwards in a way that instils confidence in the clients too. He does the preparation and rolls his sleeves up while using very good judgement.
He's very effective, memorable and the best mediator I've worked with.
Stephen has a psychic ability to get into the parties' minds and read what they really want. He's a superb mediator.
braver than many mediators who remain too neutral, and often back off asking the really challenging questions or properly testing the parties on their position, so as to inject a dose of realism into the day
He is just phenomenal and the best mediator I have worked with.
He's a very able and effective mediator.
He has incredible commerciality and very clever tricks up his sleeve
Stephen is a great mediator because he is able to help clients see all of the realistic options available to them, which allows them to resolve their disputes.
He's a go-to mediator. He goes above and beyond to bring parties together. He probes both sides equally and in a very supportive way. It is as stress-free an experience as it can be.
You did a splendid job yesterday - I was only able to close it out at the end as you got everyone so close before then. I'll happily use you in future other mediations.
Stephen worked tirelessly throughout the day to achieve the settlement which had seemed unlikely at the outset. Congratulations on a job well done with a good measure of needed humour in the right places. We will definitely recommend your services.
It was a tough day, but I think that you had the toughest part of it… I am satisfied that the deal was a no-brainer when costs and risk factors were taken into account. A good day all round… I look forward to working with you again.
It is always a pleasure to mediate under you because I know how even-handed, yet commercial, you are.
I do not believe that agreement on terms would have been possible without your own exemplary conduct of the matter which inter alia involved ensuring that negotiations were carried out in a non-confrontational manner. Indeed I believe you should be highly congratulated in this regard given the long history of entrenched animosity between the parties.
I have used Stephen upon a number of mediations and always find him to be well prepared, thorough, helpful during difficult periods of the mediation and tireless in his efforts to assist the parties find a solution.
Stephen’s depth of knowledge of the complex area of trusts of land gave confidence. His pragmatic, firm approach and ability to persuade both parties to look at the bigger picture provided results in a situation where I thought none was possible. I would without hesitation recommend his services.
I have mediated with Stephen for some years on a wide range of cases. He has a good rapport with legal advisors and clients alike. He creates a confident, good-humoured and concentrated environment to help parties resolve their disputes.
Stephen made the parties feel at ease from the start but adopted a ‘no nonsense’ robust approach, straight talking with the parties and their legal representatives. He skilfully focussed the minds of the parties on the objective of the settlement
He has an easy dialogue with the parties and they quickly respect him and speak freely to him. He is friendly and approachable and people are at ease reviewing their stance with him. This cooperative atmosphere enables the parties to become objective, helps them ditch the personal attacks and get onto pragmatic deal-making.
Stephen is precise about the rules of confidentiality. The mediation process he operates is to suit the parties. He is bright and articulate. The process he operates is even handed and logical.
He cares about his craft and I have witnessed him go the extra mile where others would have given up. At a mediation appointment he is the first in the building and the last to leave, providing an authoritative and reassuring presence to the parties and advisers from start to finish.
Stephen Walker is an impressive mediator. I have found him to be approachable, patient, direct, conciliatory, and imaginative in bringing disputes to a conclusion.
A truly excellent mediator. Stephen is incisive and works tirelessly with the parties to continually narrow issues and find common ground.
I would say that Stephen is an excellent mediator and certainly focuses on how to resolve issues with imaginative ideas. He had a very good presence and put the clients at ease.
He is brilliant at managing negotiations – he really listens to parties, cuts through the posturing and helps find a practical solution that benefits everyone. He has natural warmth and good humour with a sharp intellect and firm manner when required: an all-round star.
Stephen’s great skill as a mediator is his ability to adapt to the case and the personalities involved in the dispute. He can be forceful and proactive when necessary, but can adopt a sympathetic and collaborative approach when required.
You did a splendid job yesterday - I was only able to close it out at the end as you got everyone so close before then. I”ll happily use you in future other mediations.