Jessica became an accredited mediator in 2017, having gained a keen interest in the benefits of mediation after being involved in substantial pieces of litigation for many years and having attended mediations herself as counsel.
The qualities she brings to the role are a natural ability to build trust and rapport, creative problem solving skills and a good listener. In her final assessment to become a trained mediator, her examiner praised her performance as the best they had seen in their years of examining.
The legal directories have recognised various skills over the years in her litigation practice, many of which are key to an effective mediator:
“She is a very good person to work with in difficult situations”
“Exceptionally astute. She provides clear advice, and has an excellent rapport with clients”
“Impressive, helpful and proactive”
“An intellectual team player who is hard working and likeable”
“Well capable of handling herself under pressure”
Jessica initially had a broad chancery practice, and then over the years gained extensive litigation experience of family inheritance and trust disputes. She is comfortable, however, mediating in other areas in the belief that it is the mediation skills which are key, and not a detailed knowledge of a particular legal area.