The Lord Chancellor has appointed William Wood to the Civil Justice Council (CJC) as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) member for 3 years starting on 1 July 2014.
William Wood QC was called to the Bar in 1980 and took Silk in 1998. He is one of the UK’s leading commercial mediators conducting around 80 mediations a year in the UK and abroad.
William’s mediations involve complex and high-profile cases covering topics ranging from competition disputes and financial services to professional negligence and international trade.
William lectures and teaches on general mediation matters in general and the resolution of insurance disputes in particular and he also sits as an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrator and mediates for the ICC.
The appointments have been conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice on appointments to public bodies.
The CJC was established under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 and is responsible for reviewing the civil justice system, advising on change and procedural reform and considering how to make the system more accessible, fair and efficient.
Members of the CJC are unpaid but do receive reasonable travel expenses for attending meetings.
William Wood declared no political activity prior to the recruitment competition and the appointment is subject to references.