36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:Rory Davis
Accredited mediator with Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
- Mr Bourne has had involvement in wide range of commercial dispute mediations and has long been an advocate of the use of mediation in complex cases, particularly where there is a need to preserve existing relationships and where adversarial litigation is likely to have a destructive effect.
Non-employment mediations include:
- Claim and counter-claim relating to use of warehouse facilities
- Professional negligence in large scale construction project
- Division of assets on wind-up of partnership
- Dispute over terms of will
- Withdrawal of University place
Discrimination and harassment claims are especially suited to the process of mediation and Mr Bourne has wide experience both as mediator and as an advocate for parties in mediation.
Colin Bourne’s experience in and knowledge of employment law pre-dates his call to the Bar in 1997. Although the bulk of his practice is now respondent work, as a full-time officer for the National Union of Journalists between 1981 and 1996 he advised on pensions and European Works Councils as well as representing members in courts and tribunals. He has acted for and against local authorities and NHS Trusts and has much experience of complex, multi-party TUPE cases.
His practice as a mediator, although it includes many sensitive and complex discrimination cases, extends well beyond the employment field.
Year of Call: 1997
Areas of Expertise
Recommended in employment by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
"He has compendious knowledge of the law, and is a tenacious and incisive advocate with a very user-friendly manner." "He is a robust individual and will always give full value to his clients."
"He knows what he's doing; he's on top of the papers and he's happy to get involved with a fight."
"A persuasive advocate, who has a very good manner with clients."
"There's not a case or legal provision he doesn't know."
“encyclopaedic knowledge of discrimination law” “a formidable opponent” commended for his “precise advice and ability to put clients at ease in any situation” “always provides timely, high quality advice”
"He is a very experienced barrister in knotty discrimination cases. He is an excellent strategist, always four steps ahead." "He is a seasoned pro who knows the law inside out. He is very comfortable in employment advocacy; it's his subject area. He is a true specialist and I have the highest regard for him."
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Industrial Law Society
Association of Northern Mediators
LLB (Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University
BVC Inns of Court School of Law