Ian Williams

Ian Williams, mediator

Mediator

Mae Ian Williams yn siaradwr Cymraeg brodorol a gall gyfryngu yn rhwydd yn y Gymraeg neu'r Saesneg

"It was great that the mediation was conducted in Welsh, my clients really appreciated it."

Ian Williams is a native Welsh speaker and can readily mediate in either Welsh or English

Fellow of the R.I.C.S. FRICS (1998)

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators FCIArb (1998)

Diploma in Arbitration [DipArb] (1994)

Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development (FInstCPD) [Founding Member]

Accredited Mediator (2007)

Graduate of the LEAD Wales Leadership programme (2011)

MIoD,

ACMI

  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  • Welsh (first language)-fluent spoken and written
  • English – fluent spoken and written
  • Building & Construction
  • Property
  • Professional Negligence

Ian Williams is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor specialising in Project and Cost Management with more than 33 years experience in the construction industry.

Ian qualified as a mediator in April 2007 and since then has undertaken many mediations in both construction and non-construction matters. He is a facilitative mediator but will, when appropriate, use evaluative techniques.

Examples include:

  • Partnership dispute relating to the ownership and running of a boutique hotel. Disputes involved consideration of future ownership-v-selling the property, who was responsible for the running costs, debts incurred, future ownership, trade rights, etc complicated by the fact that the Partners had also been in a relationship together. Both Parties legally represented.
  • Mediation between members of a family concerning property ownership, property improvements and dispute between family members. Dispute involved a number of legal arguments involving promissory estoppels, title of property, Property Valuation, etc.
  • A dispute between national home building company and private dwelling owners regarding failure to rectify defects, including financial compensation claim for duress and stress, etc. Both Parties legally represented.
  • Personal injury claim (for loss of limb & disfigurement) following a car/motorcycle accident. Both Parties legally represented with barristers also present.
  • Professional Indemnity claim against a solicitor’s Practice and claim for withholding client funds. Involved dealing with invoice factoring arrangements. Mediation not settled on the day but agreements reached as to next course of action by the Parties and their respective lawyers and barristers.
  • Complex dispute about a developer not being able to pay for works done and the contractor suspended works on site pending payment and agreement. Issues involved suspension of contract performance, Extensions of Time, Liquidated and Ascertained Damages, computation of numerous Variations, Final Account collation, terms and conditions for any project re- commencement. Difficulties of the mediation were convincing the developer not to leave in the middle of the mediation and the contractor refusing to sign a Consent Agreement until he received legal advice the following day. Parties were not legally represented at the mediation itself although both Parties relied on legal advice on the telephone during the course of the day.
  • Mediated a number of workplace disputes involving certain employment sector groups (parts of the business v other parts of the business not working well together, individual disputes (employee/employer) and teams (getting the people to work better together). The employer realizing the benefits of the mediation process on one mediation led to a further three mediations being undertaken shortly thereafter. This allowed all parties to continue working together without any of the dispute becoming a public or tribunal issue. No legal representatives involved.
  • Aviation related mediation involved the specification of an aircraft and supply issues. The mediation successfully concluded with both the supplier and the buyer agreeing to enter into two further deals as a result of the negotiations that took place during the mediation.
  • Mediation between a property owner and a letting company. Dispute involved claims of mal- administration of the letting contract by the agent resulting in damage to the property and alleged diminution in value.
  • Dispute involving professional negligence and fee entitlements.
  • Mediation involving long-standing dispute between an art gallery owner and a building contractor, concerning drainage building and various building defects. Ian successfully concluded the mediation within approximately four hours without the parties ever coming into contact with each other on the day. Both parties were legally represented.

As well as being a Mediator, Ian has also had experience of acting as an Expert Witness and has assisted parties with the mediation, adjudication and arbitration processes.

Ian has experience of running commercial businesses and acts as a Director and Chairman in two of his businesses.

A natural communicator, he has been described as being able to quickly establish a rapport with people he meets but he can also prove to be very robust when mediating.

In 1998, Ian became the first Chartered Surveyor to press the ‘red button’ in the mid-week National Lottery draw as part of the live BBC TV ‘Local Heroes’ programme which had tracked his charity fundraising for a local brass band to refurbish and convert an old slate mill into modern state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms. At the time, Ian had secured the largest Arts Council grant in Wales.

General Business and Commercial Experience

Experienced businessman with many years experience of company Directorships - experience encompasses a wide variety of business related activities such as taking responsibility for company accounts, personnel & administration, business strategy and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, Intellectual Property, legal documents, etc.

Experienced Chartered Surveyor undertaking project & cost management on a variety of building & civil engineering projects, having worked on some of North Wales’ largest infrastructure projects with individual schemes valued in excess of £100 Million each. Building projects include health, education, local government, commercial, industrial and housing sectors. Civil engineering projects including roadworks, tunneling, airports, marine and heavy civil engineering.

Extensive experience in pre and post contract quantity surveying and cost management services, including risk management and contract administration procedures. Advising on claims, including their evaluation and resolution.

Experience in claims and various dispute resolution procedures e.g. litigation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication, including expert witness reporting for the Technology and Construction Court (ex Official Referees Court). Acts as party representative in arbitrations, adjudications and mediations when required.

Preparation of strategies and compilation of Business Proposals for non-construction related projects eg aviation projects.

Office management and site supervision.

Preparation of Procurement strategies.

Events Management.

Supporting the surveying profession:

  • Branch Chairman North Wales (1999/2000)
  • Branch Treasurer North Wales (1995/1999)
  • Secretary of the North Wales QS Division (1986/90)
  • Chairman of the Junior Organisation North Wales (1989/90)
  • Branch Representative North Wales (1987/88)
  • Hon Sec Junior Organisation North Wales (1988/90)
  • Member of the North Wales Branch Executive and Quantity Surveyors Divisional Committees for several years
  • Member of the RICS Civil Engineering Practice Panel (1997- 2000)
  • Member of the Engineering Project Management Forum (representing the RICS) (1997-2000)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North West Branch (1999 – Present) – Branch Chairman (03/2010-03/2012)
  • Editor for the CIArb North West Branch weekly digital newsletter (2015 initiative – current)