Area of Practice
An Accredited Commercial/Workplace/Community Mediator who practises in both hard Commercial and 'People Relationship' based issues. As well as Contract and Financial issues, he also specialises in Workplace in Universities/Colleges, NHS and other Business (particularly SMEs) from Board level to staff, including Charities, Family, Partnership and Trustees as well as Neighbour Relationship and Boundary disputes. These are, particularly, where consideration of the parties emotional state/involvement is a major element of getting parties together in a safe and comfortable environment.
Listening to the parties and guiding them towards a resolution that they want is a major reason for his very high success rate in achieving agreement between the parties.
Colin Stewart Robertson : Background/Qualifications/Accreditation;
Originally trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (now non-practising). He achieved considerable negotiating experience in a wide range of industries ranging through manufacturing, construction/civil engineering, NHS, rail infrastructure, electrical, oil, petrochemical, process, electrical and power generation. Before setting up as a sole practitioner in the early 1980s he had trained for and attained senior positions in both major cost consultants and medium-sized contractors.
Though based in the Leeds/North & West Yorkshire area he worked extensively throughout the U.K. as well as on assignments in the U.S.A, Holland, Italy, mainland Spain and projects based in Australia, Middle East and Russia.
He attended Henley Business School/Brunel University as part of a Masters Degree in Business Administration programme and was awarded a MBA in 1996.
In the late 1990s, he became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in 2009 completed the RICS Expert Witness course.
He was also a Committee Member of the North-East Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, for several years.
In early 2012, he successfully completed the RICS Mediation Accreditation course, to become an Accredited Commercial Mediator.
During the same period he became an Accredited Community Mediator – OCN 4 (2012) and subsequently an Accredited Workplace Mediator – OCN 4 (2013).
He is a Registered Panel Member of the Association of Northern Mediators.
He is a Registered Civil Mediation Council Panel Member (Civil, Commercial and Workplace).
He has also carried out many pro bono cases since 2012 for Yorkshire Mediation in assisting those that could not normally afford mediation.
He is actively involved with Yorkshire Mediation assisting in training and marketing.