Collaborative Solutions is a partnership of experienced professionals from different fields who share a common belief in the power of mediation in dispute resolution across all sectors of our lives. Our administrative hub is in Central London but we are all based in different areas and can cover disputes throughout the UK. We also offer mediation via video conferencing. We follow the European Code of Conduct for Mediators.
B.Mus Lond (Hons), ARCM (Hons)
Anna Barry practises as an accredited mediator across commercial, workplace and community sectors with a particular interest in the entertainment industry and voluntary organisations. Her path to becoming a mediator has been through 33 years as a classical recording producer, working worldwide with all kinds of music and musicians, helping to clear a path for people to achieve their own optimal musical performances. Alongside her producing work, Anna has been a Samaritans volunteer for 25 years in Central London supporting people in emotional distress through active listening. Faciliation and empowerment of others through finding consensus has been a common thread which led her to train in 2018 and formalize her mediation work.
MA Law (Cantab.), Dip LP (College of Law) Emma became a CEDR accredited mediator in 2008, and specialises in civil and commercial disputes. Prior to becoming a full-time mediator, Emma worked as a commercial dispute resolution solicitor at Allen & Overy (London) and Herbert Smith (Hong Kong). Her considerable experience as a lawyer representing parties to mediations has given her a deep understanding of the parties’ commercial interests and concerns, and an ability to see all sides of a dispute. Adept at dealing with parties from a wide range of backgrounds and business cultures, Emma is quickly able to get to the heart of a case, combining her legal abilities with her personal warmth and ability to build rapport with individual and corporate clients alike.
LLB (Hons), non-practising Barrister. Lizzie became an accredited civil and commercial mediator in 2007 the same year she was called to the Bar. She undertook additional training in 2010 to become an accredited family mediator and is now a specialist in this area for Collaborative Solutions. She specialises in all areas of family conflict, finances, property and child arrangements, cohabiting couples, civil partnerships and Grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren. Lizzie has a long track record of enabling families to find solutions to financial and parenting plans through mediation. Adept at employing her communication skills to get to the heart of the matter in a calm and professional manner she is able to put those participating quickly at ease, often removing the need for emotionally disturbing and lengthy Court proceedings and enabling families to create constructive new beginnings. She is accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to undertake Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and qualified to conduct child inclusive mediations allowing children’s voices to be heard. She runs her own LH Mediation practice and is a faculty member of the London School of Mediation.
Siddiqa cares passionately about communities and has worked as a social housing and urban regeneration specialist in many inner-city areas. She is highly skilled at identifying potential areas of conflict between parties in the often highly-charged planning negotiations that are needed to meet housing and community needs. More importantly, she is also skilled at identifying potential areas of agreement. She brings these skills to Collaborative Solutions where she leads on multi-party conflict resolution and community housing disputes.
“Even though at times it may seem impossible to build consensus, I use past experience to find ways to manage relationships, which can help bring about satisfactory resolutions and open up a way forward.”
Siddiqa is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Housing, and has a Master’s degree in Housing Practice. She also studied English literature as an undergraduate.
MA, ACIArb, has a wealth of life experience. Having been a career police officer specialising in intelligence he then spent a decade in a senior strategic security role for an international industrial company.
“My entire working life has involved people. By necessity I have been a peacemaker; helping people settle their differences and trying to reconcile competing factions. When the time came to take stock, which I do on a regular basis, I decided to formalise this aspect of my professional and personal life, and I retrained as a civil and commercial mediator. I find that the skills and experience I have gained over the years are invaluable assets in helping people find a way to resolve disputes.”
John trained as an accredited Civil and Commercial mediator with the London School of Mediation and founded SCL-Mediation, part of his Sentier Consulting Ltd company. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is interested in all aspects of civil and commercial mediation, and in workplace and intra-team issues.