Tutors

All of our courses are conducted under the supervision of a team of experienced tutors.

Although their disciplines are all very different they all have practical experience of working as Expert Witnesses and Mediators or instructing them. This is one of the many strengths of this successful team.

A selection of some of our tutors is shown below:

Michael Cohen

Course Director

Chairman Emeritus of The Academy of Experts
LL.B FCIArb FIBA QDR FAE Barrister

Michael Cohen is deeply involved in the world of Dispute Resolution. He is Director of The ADR Centre London, a Qualified Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator as well as an Insurance Expert.

As Chairman of The Academy of Experts he was responsible for the professional standards and training of Experts and Dispute Resolvers around the world.

He is very much involved in the various reforms effecting Experts in different jurisdictions. He is a course director and a regular tutor as well as being an established contributor to professional journals and a frequent conference speaker.

Duncan BarnesMA FCA QDR MAE
Duncan Barnes is a Chartered Accountant of many years standing.

As an accountant in public practice he deals mainly with the affairs of family companies, owner managed enterprises and trusts.

He began providing expert evidence in 1990 and is most often instructed in commercial, personal injury and divorce cases.

He is also a mediator in business  disputes and regularly provides independent advice in collaborative law processes.

In recent years he has begun his own business providing training services to the legal profession and in the public sector.

John CockLLM DipArb BArch BAppSc (BltEnv) GradDipIndDesign FCIArb HKIA FRAIA FDIA MAPM MIAMA MAE
Architectural Practice and Defects

John is an architect, designer and project manager, with over 35 years’ experience across Asia and Australia.  He advises employers, consultants, contractors and their legal advisers in expert evidence in arbitration and court proceedings in matters relating to building defects, design and architectural professional practice and project delivery.

A Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator, Accredited Adjudicator and Accredited Expert Determiner, John also acts as a third party resolver of commercial and construction disputes.

Iris Ferber

LLB Barrister

Iris is an established Housing and Employment Law specialist practicing at 42 Bedford Row, with a particular interest in discrimination law, including disability discrimination law. She is listed in both the UK Bar legal directories (The Legal 500 and Chambers UK), for both her Employment work and her Housing work.

Solicitors say that she is “extremely good, very self-assured and in complete command of the case” (Chambers UK 2020). They also say that she “has an excellent breadth of legal knowledge which she applies in a practical and effective manner” (The Legal500 UK 2020).

Owen KeaneLLB QDR Barrister
Owen Keane is a Barrister called in 1988 who has specialised in IT, telecomms and IP disputes since 1992.

In addition to advising a wide variety of businesses and bodies ranging from Government agencies to ‘dot.com’ and media businesses, he is a qualified mediator and former council member of the Academy of Experts. He has presented numerous courses on the duties and practice of experts in the UK and abroad.

Owen has spoken and written widely on IT and the law, including writing monthly columns for several IT and Internet magazines. Speaking invitations have included Holland, Portugal, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe. Owen has contributed to numerous books including Butterworths Countdown to 2000, Researching the Legal Web (1st ed.), and The Computer Security Reference Book. Owen also helped to formulate the widely adopted BSI definition of compliance for Year 2000.

In addition to advising and appearing in numerous IT cases, Owen appeared in the reported patents case of Charlesworth v Relay Roads, (Hoffman J.) in 1999 – 2000.

Phillippa RowePast Chairman of The Academy of Experts
MA FCII Chartered Insurance Practitioner QDR FAE
Phillippa Rowe has spent over thirty years working in international insurance and reinsurance, working primarily in the areas of claims and contract wordings negotiation. She has in-depth dispute resolution experience and in addition to acting as an Expert Witness she also acts as an arbitrator, mediator and expert adviser. She has given evidence in several jurisdictions.

Phillippa is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of The Academy of Experts [TAE] and was the first Dean of the Faculty of Mediation & ADR.

She is an experienced tutor and teaches several TAE courses as well as delivering in-house training and seminar lectures in the insurance market. She writes and speaks widely on insurance and reinsurance and dispute resolution subjects.

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