Rachael Bicknell

Mediator

Rachael is an experienced negotiator, solicitor and mediator. She is registered as a civil and commercial mediator with the Civil Mediation Council, a Certified Online Mediator, a Specialist Mediator with the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and is on the panels for the Edinburgh Sheriff Court Mediation Service and the Mediation Clinic at the University of Strathclyde. 

Rachael is also a CEDR Accredited Negotiator, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Specialist in Professional Negligence Law from the Law Society of Scotland and an alumnus of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Rachael has significant experience as a negotiating party in disputes ranging in value from tens of thousands to multimillions, where she has represented clients in countless mediations and solicitor to solicitor negotiations. She combines her legal expertise with her specialist knowledge of advanced negotiation and mediation to provide face to face and online mediation and negotiation services across a broad range of sectors.

Since qualifying as an accredited mediator in 2015, Rachael has had the privilege of being an assistant mediator to Pamela Lyall, John Sturrock Q.C of Core Solutions and Chris Fitton of In Place of Strife. 

Practice areas
  • Access disputes
  • Boardroom disputes
  • Building defects
  • Boundary disputes
  • Commercial or business disputes
  • Family business disputes
  • Financial services
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Property and construction
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Trades disputes
  • Telecommunications
Professional qualifications and affiliations
  • CEDR Accredited Negotiator
  • CMC Registered Mediator
  • Certified Online Mediator
  • ADR ODR Accredited Online Mediator
  • Accredited Specialist in Professional Negligence Law by The Law Society of Scotland
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Alumnus of Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation
  • Specialist (Mediator) Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • Practicing solicitor since 2007
Mediation style and approach

Rachael’s experience of managing and negotiating a broad range of disputes, from those which have a strong emotional impact, to those where the parties are more commercially driven, enables her to appropriately adapt her mediation style to the needs of the parties, and provide legal or commercial challenge when necessary. Rachael is empathetic, engaging, inquisitive and tenacious. She works hard to put the parties at ease, to help them better understand each other, to see things differently, and to become invested in creatively exploring a way forward.

Squaring Circles

PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING – to see equally in four directions – up, down, in and out
METAPHORICAL MEANING – attempting anything that seems impossible

Squaring Circles

PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING – to see equally in four directions – up, down, in and out
METAPHORICAL MEANING – attempting anything that seems impossible