Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC

Exclusive preview of Sir Crispin Agnew QC’s soon to be published article Why mediate?


Crispin looks back on his experience of conflicts during his time in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, firstly in Cyprus and later in Northern Ireland, where he was dealing with complex situations without any training in mediation.

As an advocate much of Crispin’s time is spent ‘horse trading at the door of the court to settle an action’. This method of negotiation more often that not results in dissatisfaction for one or both parties. Whereas an independent mediator can bring parties together and negotiate the ‘myriad of issues between the parties that have built up over the years.’

Crispin qualified as a mediatior in 2010 and has been involved in complex mediations in the areas of competition law, family farming disputes and professional negligence.