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Very sad to report David Richbell, fellow board member of the Civil Mediation Council has passed away.

In Place Of Strife says of him on their website:


David is one of the UK’s ‘senior’ mediators, having mediated commercial cases since 1992. Originally a specialist in construction and engineering, his vast experience now means that most of his appointments come from outside property and construction. David’s experience is even more significant when one considers his key skills in multi- party mediations and cases which are highly complex, not least due to value (up to £650 million and down to £4000) but also because of high emotion, complexity of details and commercial imperatives. He was, in 2016, recognised as a Thought Leader in Mediation by Who’s Who Legal.
In addition, David is one of the few commercial mediators experienced in co-mediation. A high proportion of David’s mediations have an international element with at least one party being non-UK. International mediations have sent David to, amongst others, Dubai, Bermuda, Italy, Bangladesh, Jersey and Isle of Man. He has a personal background working in multi-racial communities and has built a well-deserved reputation in successfully mediating cases involving parties of different ethnic origins, both business related and within faith communities.
Throughout the last twenty years David has mediated close to 1000 disputes and has achieved a ‘remarkable settlement record’. (Chambers UK)
A full-time mediator since 1996, David is a Fellow of the CIArb, is accredited by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), CEDR, the Institute of Psychotherapists and the CIArb and is an alumnus of the Advanced Mediation Program at Harvard Law School under Professor Robert Mnookin.
David is a board member of the Civil Mediation Council. With many well-known publications to his name, he won the CEDR Award for Excellence in ADR 2009 (Best Publication) for his book, ‘Mediation of Construction Disputes’ (Blackwells). He has also written the acclaimed “How to Master Commercial Mediation” (Bloomsbury, 2015), intended for commercial mediators at every stage of their career.