Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson is an experienced barrister and a CEDR Accredited mediator specialising in employment and equality law, family law, and cases on mental health and mental capacity. Simon was born and brought up in South Wales and also undertook his professional training in the area. He undertakes cases and mediates in South Wales.

Simon has worked for several years at a senior level within various national disability charities, leading their legal rights teams. He is a member of the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility Committee and its Panel of Disability Advisors.

Description of Practice

Mental health and healthcare

Simon provides advice and representation in mental health and mental capacity cases, including lasting powers of attorney, deputyship and deprivation of liberty cases.

Simon has experience of working with senior clinicians and healthcare managers and can advise on regulatory issues in healthcare relating to Care Quality Commission notification, Health and Social Care Regulations 2014 and duty of candour.  Simon has been a speaker at national conferences for health and social care providers on topics including seclusion, restrictive interventions and safeguarding.

Mediation

Workplace/Employment and Civil Mediation

Simon is a CEDR Accredited Mediator for workplace/employment and civil cases, and is also a Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator. His direct experience of managing teams is invaluable when mediating employment disputes such as disciplinary and grievance cases. He mediates with a range of companies, including small employers and very large multi-site companies.  Simon picks up information quickly and has calm and engaging professional manner.

Family Mediation

Simon is a Family Mediator, having trained with ADR Group and Resolution to undertake assessment meetings. He is an associate member of Resolution.

Simon regularly mediates with married and cohabiting clients in relation to divorce/separation, finance and property, TOLATA, and all aspects of issues involving children. He has a particular expertise in mediating with same-sex couples and is a volunteer with the charity Stonewall. He also mediates in intergenerational disputes and other types of family dispute. He has extensive experience of mediating with clients from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

Simon’s approach is to address both the immediate dispute as well as to support the parties to look at some of the underlying issues as a way to help maintain and continue an existing relationship. This can be particularly helpful in workplace and employment disputes. He frequently mediates in disputes where there is significant conflict and is able to work with participants to deal with both the practical and the emotional aspects of a dispute. This can be helpful in workplace disputes as well as disagreements within families.

 Client testimonials – mediation

“Its the most positive experience I’ve had after dealing with a number of complex issues over a long, drawn-out period”

Ms B

“Mr Robinson is a highly professional mediator who provided us with an excellent service. Cannot recommend him more”

Mr D

“Really glad I came to you”

Ms B

“Really friendly, helpful and understanding”

“I would just like to thank you for the amazing work you did for me and my family. Right from the start your calm demeanour helped me and my ex-wife calm down from a long dispute regarding visitation rights and complaints regarding our two kids.”

Mr J

“With your help we have managed this process more amicably than I would have ever thought possible”

Ms P

“Thank you for assisting me, I really appreciate your help”

Mrs S

“there is a big improvement….as a few weeks before ‘A’ didn’t see his father”…“the mediators did an amazing job”

“it helped me a lot too – to see a different perspective”

Ms A

Employment and Equality Law

Simon has extensive experience of employment and equality law, including dismissal, redundancy and discrimination cases. Simon is a specialist in discrimination issues, particularly disability, and provides advice and represented on all aspects of the Equality Act 2010; including services, functions and education. His work with national disability charities has given him a detailed understanding of reasonable adjustments.

Articles & Publications

Mental Capacity Act: Overview (Westlaw Insight)

Mental Health Act (England): Overview (Westlaw Insight)

Mental Health Professionals (Westlaw Insight)

Professional Memberships

Member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association

Mental Health Lawyers Association (including Court of Protection list)

Discrimination Law Association

Employment Lawyers Association

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator

Associate Member of Resolution