Iain Goldrein QC

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A good mediator needs a deep understanding of the psychology of people and their problems, patience, and a vast range of experience.

I aim to use sensitivity and analytical understanding to empower parties to secure their own solution

  • Queen's Counsel 1997
  • Deputy High Court Judge
  • Recorder
  • Lecturer
  • Author of  legal practice manuals, with forewords from  several senior judges


  • Commercial
  • Family
  • Privacy & Media
  • Insurance
  • Pharmaceutical product liability
  • Employment
  • Solicitors' and Professional negligence
  • Medical - health trusts and clinical negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Administrative law
  • Engineering
  • Aviation

Iain Goldrein's extraordinarily wide professional experience affords him skills to mediate in a wide range of disputes including commercial, family, privacy and the media, insurance, genetics related issues, pharmaceutical product liability, employment, solicitor's and professional negligence, medical disputes including health trusts and clinical negligence, personal injury, human rights, administrative law matters and engineering issues. Iain has a particular interest and expertise in aviation, and he co-mediates aviation cases with a colleague, Michele McLeod; please ask if you would like more information.

First accredited as a mediator in 1991, Iain's assistance with a leading book on mediation published in Hong Kong (a hub of mediation) The Hong Kong Mediation Handbook in 2010 is expressly acknowledged in that work by the Editor. He has recently written the foreword for The Asia Mediation Handbook, edited by a team of authors led by Dr. Raymond Leung, and published by Thompson Reuters.

Practice and Inter-Disciplinary Experience:

Iain Goldrein QC's inter-disciplinary experience affords him the opportunity for imaginative in-depth case analysis to achieve creativity in dispute resolution.

He has extensive practical experience of crime, civil and family work and, as counsel, has appeared throughout the country and up to the Privy Council and House of Lords.

Vastly experienced in many areas of law it is possible to group his particular expertise into a number of broad categories: Family, Civil, Crime, Expert Evidence and, in particular, Communication. It is in this latter area in which, over decades, he has developed a unique range of experience, and consequent understanding, of people.

In particular, having first flown solo at the age of 16, Iain Goldrein QC is a mediator with a lifelong interest in aviation matters including flight safety, air accident investigation and the Montreal Convention, engineering issues, airport operation, pilot operation and conduct, management  issues, aircraft acquisition and disposal, human resources and finance; and regulatory issues.

As a Queen’s Counsel and/or Deputy High Court Judge, he has experienced:


  • Personal injury;
  • He has a particular expertise in clinical negligence [particularly brain damage at birth / cerebral palsy] and catastrophic injury claims [brain and spinal cord]: in this arena he has a wide knowledge and experience of medical matters and medical expert evidence and the welfare issues that flow from catastrophic injury at all ages.
  • Insurance disputes.
  • Professional [including solicitors’] negligence.
  • Privacy and the media – injunctive and “super” injunctive relief,
  • Actions against the police: False imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office;
  • Product liability including pharmaceutical product liability;
  • Engineering issues;
  • Pre-emptive commercial remedies including freezing and seizing orders/injunctions.
  • Expertise in the inter-action of insolvency, divorce and the matrimonial home.
  • Alder Hey Body Parts Enquiry – acting for 400+ parents;
  • Acted for estate developer in the context of the failed foundations to a large housing estate;
  • Acted for directors of a major airline on an issue of alleged secret profits;
  • Appeal from Brunei to the Privy Council in a test case involving a fatal accident in Brunei.


  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome;
  • Genetics;
  • Muslim circumcision;
  • Proceedings under the Forced Marriage Act;
  • Surrogacy;
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology;
  • Human rights and judicial review;
  • Matrimonial property, offshore assets and secret trusts.
  • Schedule 1 Children Act claims (property and maintenance);
  • Media Access to the Family Courts and Reporting Restriction Orders;
  • Factitious Induced Injury (FII: “Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy”);
  • International child abduction.
  • Non-accidental head injury (NAHI).

“Very much enjoyed your company.”

“Handled it beautifully.”


“A pleasure to work with”

“Would want you again”

Academics and appointments:

SchoolMerchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, Merseyside (1961-1970); Merchant Taylors’ Company Prizes, Harrison Scholar.

Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship, with a full PPL at age 17.

Cambridge 1971-1974: Cambridge University Squire Scholarship for Law, Pembroke College Exhibitioner (x 3) and Ziegler Prize for Law.

Inner Temple: Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship.

Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (Restricted Cases Panel) 1999 - 2002.

Visiting Professor (The Sir Jack Jacob Chair in Litigation), Nottingham Law School 1992.

Companion of the Academy of Experts

Advisory Editor: Hong Kong Civil Procedure

Council Member: International Institute of Experts (Hong Kong)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts .

Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.


Iain married Margaret de Haas in 1980, who herself took Silk (became a QC) in 1998 and she is now the Designated Family Judge for Merseyside and Cheshire. They have two children, both now married and in the law, and one grandchild.

In addition to his family, Iain's interests include current / political affairs (national and beyond), steam engines (traction and railway), anything aeronautical, ships, history (particularly English), classic motor vehicles, new ideas, and walking in the English countryside.