Iain Christie | 4-5 Gray's inn square

Iain is a former Foreign Office lawyer in which capacity he regularly negotiated on behalf of the UK at the United Nations and Council of Europe. He returned to private practice in 2000 to join the media and information law chambers 5RB.  He was on the Attorney General’s panel for 10 years and acted for and against media organisations and public bodies in the High Court and European Court of Human Rights.

This range of experience as diplomat, advocate, negotiator, adviser and facilitator equips him well to handle any kind of dispute.

Iain is qualified as a civil, commercial, workplace and family mediator.  His wide-ranging expertise in a variety of mediation styles and disciplines allows him to tailor his approach to that best suited to resolving the dispute at hand and meet the needs of the parties.  In addition to his mediation practice Iain is a certified facilitator, coach and professional actor.

What the Directories say:

“Perceptive” and “user-friendly” - Legal 500

“First-rate” - Legal 500

Client Feedback

Iain had a good manner and made me feel at ease” – Disputant in high-value commercial mediation

A very able person” – Solicitor in medium value civil mediation

I was treated with dignity and respect and am very grateful for the help given” – Litigant in small claims mediation

The mediator played a blinder!” – Solicitor in high value commercial mediation

Professional Positions

Secretary, Civil Mediation Council

Vice-Chair, Bar Council ADR Committee

Director, IMPRESS the Independent Monitor for the Press

Bencher, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2008)

Leadership Fellow, St George’s House


Registered Mediator, Civil Mediation Council

Mediator, Family Mediation Council

Family Mediators Association

Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates


Consultant Editor, Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media (OUP, 2002 – 2016)

Contributor, Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 (OUP, 2013).

Training and promotion

Iain is a member of the Association of Mediation Assessors, Trainers and Instructors and is frequently asked to speak at conferences and events promoting mediation. He has taken part in an episode of Clive Anderson’s Radio 4 programme Unreliable Evidence advocating the benefits of mediation.




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