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PENELOPE OVERTON

Based in Hertfordshire and East Sussex

Tel: 07914 611389

penelopemoverton@gmail.com

I am an experienced and successful mediator, accredited in Civil & Commercial (ADRg), Workplace and Community Mediation.  I have been lead or sole mediator in a large number of mediations, drawing high levels of satisfaction from parties and their representatives.  I have mediated in FTSE 100 businesses, startups, universities, trade unions, schools, councils, and charities.  I consider myself foremost a specialist in mediation, rather than a specialist in a particular area, capable of operating effectively in pretty much any environment.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1988, gained my first experience in general private practice, before becoming an in-house solicitor for a trade union, and after that working as a lawyer to an employers’ association.  I have project managed and trained on primary and secondary schools’ Peer Mediation Schemes and have developed and delivered mediation training to organisations including FSTE 100 businesses and universities.  I was on ADR Group’s University Education Faculty, delivering mediation training for law graduate students.

Education

1980-1983
Oxford University:  BA Hons MA English Lit and Lang

1985-2007
Bristol Polytechnic: Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals

2008-2010
Birkbeck College, London University, MA Creative Writing

Mediation Qualifications, Training and Memberships

2005    Community Mediation Skills Certificate

2006    National Certificate in Workplace Mediation Skills (Distinction on written work)  Advanced Mediation Skills – 9 credits at level 3

2006    Foundation Training in Non-violent Communication (NVC)

2007    Restorative Justice Training

2007    Teacher Effectiveness Training (conflict resolution skills for education)

2011    Civil & Commercial Mediation Training ADR Group

2012    Peaceful Solutions training

2013    Language in Conflict

2016    Dialogue Road Map resolver training

I attend regular update training.

Employment

1986-89         Lewis Silkin Solicitors
Articled Clerk and Solicitor: 
Medium-sized firm combining high-street legal aid practice in Peckham with large commercial business in Westminster.  Litigation, Conveyancing, Immigration, Wills, Probate, Matrimonial and Domestic Violence.

1989-96        National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education
Solicitor:  Representing largest Trade Union in the sector and its 70,000 members in all relevant legal matters including Race and Sex Discrimination, Equal Pay, Wages Act claims, Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy, (including liaising with ACAS)  Industrial Relations and Trade Union law, Personal Injury, Defamation, Education law and Contract.

1996-98         National Pharmaceutical Association
Solicitor: 
 Acting for and advising large employers’ association representing majority of retail pharmacists in UK.

1998-99         University of Hertfordshire
Lecturer and Tutor: 
Lecturer on Legal Practice Course; conducted seminars; designed and delivered employment law programme.

2006 – pres
Self-employed Workplace and Commercial Mediator:  Successfully mediated disputes across a range of sectors including Local Authorities, marketing organisations,schools and universities, international retailers, charities and trade unions, involving a wide variety of disputes including  breach of contract, negligence, boundaries, probate and trusts, unfair dismissal, discrimination, bullying, property and nuisance.

2006 – pres
Mediation Trainer for private and public sector organisations, designing and delivering flexible mediation awareness and skills packages in FSTE 100 organisations and higher education.

2006 – pres
Membership of various mediation panels, and manager of National Mediation Helpline Scheme for one panel. Active in Mediation Information Service in Civil Courts pilot scheme.

2006 – 2009
Peer Mediation trainer in Primary and Secondary schools, advising schools on whole-school schemes.

2012 – 2014
ADRg University Education Faculty member 
training the next generation of mediating lawyers