Consensum - balanced business
Adrian Barr Smith

Adrian Barr Smith

Adrian turns the grey between black and white into gold

Background

  • Experience in Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Entertainment and Sport
  • Partner and Group Head at Dentons
  • Chairman British Association for Sport & Law
  • Panel Member Mediation North Surrey
  • Member Arbitrators’ Panel of Independent Film & TV Association
  • Member Mediators’ Panel of Sport Resolutions UK

Qualifications

  • Solicitor
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator

Other

Adrian is a “cricket tragic”, continuing to play and umpire long after it would have been sensible to stop. His obsession being boundless, he now owns a stake in a cricket equipment company (Newbery).

Adrian’s Approach

Adrian has advised financial and other institutions, companies and governments in the telecoms, IT, broadcast and digital media, film and sport sectors. As a result he has extensive negotiation experience. This experience has demonstrated that few issues are “black and white”; most have “shades of grey”. His approach is to build consensus using those “grey areas”. To him, whatever the outcome, this is always the driver.

Examples of experience

  • Mediating a legal and cultural dispute between the director and financiers of an international co-production film in order to secure its completion and release.
  • Conducting over 70 community mediations as a volunteer with Mediation North Surrey.
  • Non-Executive Chair of a management consultancy helping to resolve inter-partner issues and to finalise business strategies.
  • Founder of Design & Artists Copyright Society, the collecting society for artists, designers and photographers.
  • Founder and Non-Executive Director of silversurfers.com, a lifestyle and social media portal for the over-50s.

Consensum - balanced business

Charles Holloway

Charles Holloway

  • Civil Disputes
  • Commercial
  • eDiscovery

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Roger Levitt

Roger Levitt

  • Property & Commercial Disputes
  • Franchise
  • Trust and Probate

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Gill Mansfield

Gill Mansfield

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Media & Entertainment
  • IP, IT, Digital & Technology

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Julian Roskill

  • Employment
  • Partnership
  • Joint Ventures & Shareholders

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