Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis OBE DL is one of the UK's leading dispute resolution specialists. He is an accredited commercial mediator specialising in helping to solve complex one on one, team, organisational, multi-party and collective disputes. He has mediated hundreds of disputes. He was an advisor to the Department for Business and the CIPD on the Gibbons Review of simplifying UK workplace disputes processes and has advised the Department for Business during the 2011 ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation.

He is the author of seven books including 'The Definitive Guide to Workplace Mediation', 'Win-Win Resolving Conflict at Work: 12 Stories' and 'Difficult Conversations 10 Steps to Becoming a Tackler not a Dodger'. He serves as Honorary Secretary on the board of the Civil Mediation Council. The Council acts as an advisory organisation to Government on issues relating to the progression of mediation in England and WalesClive also chairs the council’s workplace committee. His work has taken him across three continents and has included advising governments outside of the UK. In addition, he is also a Non-Executive Director at an NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee and Board Member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, another small charity, a Trustee and Board Member of E-ACT and Board Member of the Open College Network, South West Region. During 2006-2009, his commitment to charity work led to him being appointed as Chair of a Government appointed independent panel exploring the rising costs of youth underachievement. The Government accepted four of the five recommendations from the report. He was awarded an OBE for Public Service in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2011, and appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2012.

Clive writes the employment and workplace mediation documentation for the legal website Practical Law Company. This site is regularly accessed by thousands of lawyers. Clive is also a visiting University lecturer – speaking on the topic of Human Resource Management. He is a former HR Director and has board level experience across the public and private sectors.

Published Material

‘The Definitive Guide to Workplace Mediation and Managing Conflict at Work’, 2009 (ISBN 978-1-903905-36-4)

‘Win:Win Resolving Workplace Conflict 12 Stories’ 2011 - hardback & paper back, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-903905-70-8 & 978-1-9203905-69-2)

‘Difficult Conversations 12 Steps to Becoming a Tackler not a Dodger’, 2011, (ISBN 978-0-9568648-0-2)

‘Bouncing Back from Redundancy 12 Steps to Getting your Career and Life Back on Track’, 2011 (ISBN 978-0-9568648-5-7)

‘Performance Management Ten Steps to Getting the Most from your Workforce’, 2012, (ISBN 978-0-9568648-8-8)

‘Work-Life Balance How to Put Work in its Place and Reclaim Your Life’, 2012, (ISBN 978-0-9568628-6-4)

‘Difficult Conversations in Dementia A Ten Step Toolkit for Clinicians Involved in End of Life Discussions’, 2012 (ISBN 978-0-9568648-9-5)


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Articles and Video:

White Collar Crime and Mediation: A Discussion Document (11/30/12)
This article presents a discussion about the potential for mediation to be utilized as a suitable option for cases of white collar crime. Punishment of white collar crime in the workplace has traditionally been dealt with by internal disciplinary procedures prior to the police and then the courts, but it has become apparent that not all cases may be suitable for the legal system. Naturally, criminal proceedings and custodial sentences are the only option in some cases, but, with prison numbers at record levels, penal servitude should no longer be seen as the only option when it comes to lesser crimes.

Workplace Mediation – A Distressed Purchase (04/02/11)
When people are in conflict and showing no signs of reconciliation, the effects can be significant. The line manager or Human Resources professional with a close link to those involved are likely to feel powerless, weary, exhausted, drained and worn out as they look on. It is often these feelings of helplessness that prompt a mediator to be commissioned.

Mediation In The Boardroom (12/06/10)
The management of conflict at work probably represents the biggest unrecognised area for cost savings and market differentiation for organisations today. This article reviews the reasons that executives have yet been reluctant to embrace mediation, and the many operational and strategic benefits that it can bring.