Colin Bourne



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Rory Davis
Paul Clarke


Accredited mediator with Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR)

Member Association of Northern Mediators

Colin was accredited by CEDR in 2000 and has since mediated in a wide range of commercial disputes, many of them high value and multi-party cases.

The mediator’s job is not to advise or to decide who is right or wrong. He/she does not have to be expert in the area of law that is the subject matter of the dispute; parties have their own legal advisers. Colin’s real skill lies in encouraging the parties to think differently.

Mr Bourne has long been an advocate of the use of mediation in complex cases, particularly where adversarial litigation is likely to have a destructive effect. Where there is a need to preserve existing relationships such an outcome is not within the gift of any Court or Tribunal.

Colin approaches disputes not merely to try to settle a claim but to deal with the underlying problem that led to the claim. He is particularly effective at helping all parties to look forward for a solution rather than backwards to apportion blame.

On the few occasions when the mediation does not result in agreement on the day it can narrow the areas of dispute and may lead to a resolution soon after.

His knowledge of and practice in employment law was developed over 35 years, predating his call to the Bar in 1997. While at the Bar he trained as a mediator with CEDR and has mediated in many different types of claims.

Recent successful 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;
Breach of contract/professional negligence in provision of services;

He has also mediated in high value employment claims concerning senior employees, shareholders and directors. 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.


"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." 

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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

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



"His knowledge of trade unions and labour relations is very valuable."

‘Recommended for a broad spectrum of employment matters.’

His practice includes TUPE, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing cases.’

"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."


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