A First Choice Mediator

a 'first-choice mediator', with 'an excellent blend of experience, determination and charisma'.
Legal 500 (2012)

Very Effective

“...very insightful, very focused, very effective”


"Jon is one of the best mediators I have used. More pro-active than any other mediator I know. Will definitely be using again." Solicitor

Listed in the first tier of mediator rankings of both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories (and in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators), Jon Lang is recognised as one of the top mediators in the UK.

CEDR accredited, Jon became a full-time mediator in May 2005, having spent almost twenty years as a solicitor in private practice, the last six as a partner in the disputes group of White & Case in London.

Jon is a past Chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association and a member of CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

"Among the best of the best", Jon Lang at In Place of Strife is one of the UK’s busiest mediators, and continues to mediate heavily in IP/IT, construction/engineering, probate and shareholder disputes, as well as in general commercial matters. He "brings to the commercial mediation table a very particular and highly effective combination of commercial astuteness, deftly placed humour, and unerring ability to read a room".

The "tenacious and patient" Jon Lang is a highly experienced practitioner. He attracts praise from market sources for his excellent communication skills and ability to "understand the case and commercial needs of the clients". His expertise spans a broad range of areas, including banking and financial services, fraud, employment, insurance and professional negligence.

Regularly instructed on heavy-duty disputes in a wide array of disciplines, Jon Lang is described by one source as being on the "A-team – he'll be one of the top mediators for years to come". In addition to formidable expertise in commercial areas such as IP and IT, Lang is renowned for his handling of disputes in fields including construction, probate and partnership, with sources commenting that "he's able to really get to the bones of a matter then hold a mirror up to both parties about what their case really looks like".

The "extremely hard working and well-prepared" Jon Lang at In Place of Strife takes a "constructive, diligent and focused approach to securing settlement". He is lauded for both his "gentle manner, which encourages compromise" and "incredible persistence in reaching a deal". A further strength is his ability to "develop a relationship with each of the parties …”

Jon Lang at In Place of Strife is "a premier league mediator" who is "highly efficient and effective in a wide range of disputes". Lawyers appreciate the fact that "he doesn’t pull any punches if clients are being silly, and cuts through all the game-playing". Despite having a broad practice, he "has particular experience of disputes with an IP angle", and "has an outstanding record of settling cases that appear intractable".

In addition to professional information about Jon this website offers some useful mediation resources for those preparing for or involved in mediation and dispute resolution.

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Directory Comments

Chambers (2014)
Jon Lang is "consistently very good" and rated very highly for IP, IT and other commercial matters. Interviewees describe his "good sense of when to intervene and ability to push things to conclusion" as well as his pleasant manner and commercial acumen.

Legal 500 (2013)
The ‘astute, commercial and pragmatic’ Jon Lang of In Place of Strife is an ‘absolutely first-rate’ mediator who ‘quickly gets to grips with complex cases and draws the dispute to a conclusion through his sheer commitment’. With an ‘uncanny ability to read people’, he is ‘easy to deal with and incisive in his analysis of the issues, judges the parties ’ negotiating positions well, and is creative in suggesting solutions’.

“…quickly builds ‘a good rapport with both clients and lawyers’ and provides ‘creative suggestions when the parties are running out of ideas’…’keeps the momentum going’… singled out for his ‘ability to get a deal done in even the most difficult of circumstances’ …Repeatedly noted as a first choice…”

LEGAL 500 (2012)
...a ‘first-choice mediator’, with ‘an excellent blend of experience, determination and charisma’…. ‘not one to allow parties to box themselves in’... ‘a clear and incisive grasp of the issues and facts’...”