Cayman Law Mediation is a new firm of mediators, established to help you resolve your dispute quickly and cost effectively, without the Courts, anywhere in the world.

We use our commercial savvy, outside the box thinking and common sense to search for a resolution.

Chris Narborough
Chris Narborough
Chris Narborough

Chris Narborough is a corporate/commercial attorney with nearly 30 years of experience, 25 of that being in the Cayman Islands. He has enjoyed working with fabulous clients over the years, from oil and mining companies, international car companies, aircraft maintenance companies; banks, trust companies; trading companies; insurance companies; shipping companies; lenders/borrowers; buyers/sellers; clients requiring personal holding companies, and everything in between.

Chris served as Managing Director of Truman Bodden & Co., Attorneys-at-Law and then Country Managing Partner of Higgs & Johnson Truman Bodden & Co which became Higgs & Johnson’s Cayman office, where he was senior partner until February 2014. He acted as managing director of Trulaw Corporate Services Ltd., which became H&J Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd, and was a director there until early 2014, when he formed "Cayman Law"

Mr. Narborough was born, educated, qualified as a Solicitor, trained and practised in the UK, then became the manager of law offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Washington DC, USA.

He is President of the Cayman Islands Company Managers’ Association, former Vice President, and a Council Member, of the Cayman Islands Law Society;member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association, a former member of the Board of the Information and Communications Technology Authority in the Cayman Islands and he is a Notary Public.

Chris has owned and controlled a number of businesses in the Cayman Islands as well as serving as Trustee and on the board of directors of client companies, hedge funds and other businesses and organisations.

He helped create and develop Cayman Enterprise City from concept to inception, playing a unique role in writing both the agreement with Government and the laws on which it is based. Chris also serves on the Board of Cayman Enterprise City.

Nigel Stone
Team Member
Nigel Stone

Nigel is an accredited mediator, and has represented clients in more than 20 mediations with up to a dozen parties, frequently in major construction disputes involving millions of dollars.

He has a background in civil and criminal litigation. He has worked on cases where the amount in dispute has ranged down from $9.2 billion (Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers v Maan Al Sanea & Ors—also known as AHAB v Saad). Prior to that he worked at New Zealand’s largest law firm, and before then appeared in court as sole counsel for the Crown in more than 30 jury trials, as well as various appeals.

Nigel holds a master’s degree in corporate and commercial law with first class honours. He attended St John’s College at the University of Cambridge where he obtained a research degree in law (the equivalent of a DPhil). He has published various articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, and coedited the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Nigel qualified as a New Zealand solicitor in 2004. He moved from the UK to the Cayman Islands in 2015.

John Delaney QC
Nigel Stone
John Delaney QC

A former Attorney-General of The Bahamas and one of Her Majesty’s Queens Counsel, John’s areas of practice are financial services law and regulation, corporate governance, business restructuring & insolvency, and commercial litigation.

He has also been advisor in several major acquisitions and mergers within The Bahamas, and also in acquisitions by or mergers with regional entities.

Highly valued by industry to navigate complexities and pitfalls to achieve strategic business objectives, John has held a range of non-executive directorships of financial institutions and has served as member and chair of audit committees. He currently serves as a non-executive director and audit committee member of RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, the regional parent of the Royal Bank of Canada’s interests in the jurisdictions comprising the Caribbean region. John has a history of national contribution and previously served on the Road Traffic Authority, National Insurance Board, Bahamas Financial Services Board, and has chaired The Bahamas Trade Commission.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Institute of Directors, INSOL and STEP.

Peter Dengate Thrush
Peter Dengate Thrush
Peter Dengate Thrush

Peter is a leading New Zealand barrister sole (practicing from chambers, in the English tradition) specializing in intellectual and industrial property, information technology, Internet and competition causes. He is the former Board Chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the naming system of the Internet. He is in his 37th year of legal practice, the past 22 years in sole practice at the independent bar. He is a New Zealand and Australian Registered Patent Attorney and a past foreign associate member of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Victoria, Australia. He also practices as a mediator and arbitrator.

Arbitration and Mediation

Peter has appeared for clients in a number of mediations in intellectual property cases, reaching successful outcomes for his clients. He has been appointed an Arbitrator under the NZ Arbitration Act 1996 on several occasions, including in a software development dispute involving the NZ government as a party, and a long-running copyright franchise dispute.

The Bar

Peter has appeared in New Zealand Courts at most levels, including the Privy Council (London), and in specialist tribunals such as the Taxation Review Authority and the Intellectual Property Office.

He is an expert in injunctions, including those obtained urgently, and ex parte. His cases include some of New Zealand’s leading authorities in their field, which reflect novel substantive and procedural developments in New Zealand law. Many involve complex scientific or technological facts. He has been instructed to appear by the Crown.

He is one of the few experts in New Zealand on “Internet law” as a specialist topic, including the application of existing law to the Internet, and the development of new laws to deal with, for example, the liability of ISPs for defamation or other content. He served on ICANN’s Working Group A, which developed the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) for clashes between generic domain names and trade marks. He also served on InternetNZ’s Domain Name Dispute Resolution Committee, which crafted a dispute resolution service for .nz domain names. (See )

He is a supporter of the Victoria University Alumni Association, and the Victoria Law School in general, participating in so-called “celebrity debates” and originating and leading a partnership with InternetNZ to fund the position of a Fellow to research cyber law at Victoria.

Judicial appointments

In March 2008 Peter was appointed Vice-Chair of the NZ Electricity Rulings Panel by the Governor-General of New Zealand, on advice from the Minister of Energy and Resources. The Rulings Panel is a quasi-judicial body set up under the Electricity Governance Regulations 2003 dealing with disputes between electricity wholesalers and retailers under New Zealand’s Code. Peter became Chairman in 2011 and is currently appointed until 2018.

In 2010 Peter was apppointed by the New Zealand Minister of Justice to a 5-year term as a member of the Copyright Tribunal. This body deals with copyright infringement on the Internet through peer-to-peer file sharing. In 2014 he was appointed Vice-Chairman and is currently appointed until 2020.


Peter joined New Zealand national patent attorney firm Baldwin Son & Carey (now Baldwins) in 1980, joining the partnership in 1985. He practiced in the trademark department for four years, then the patent department, serving as head of the patent department from 1987 to March 1994. He was leader of the bio-practice group.

In 1986 he founded the in-house law firm at Baldwin Son & Carey, focusing on litigation, and was the senior litigation partner.

He pioneered the introduction of modern management practices in the firm and was responsible for the design and implementation of its state-of-the-art technology platform.

He was a founding editor of Baldwin’s Newsletter, and was a regular speaker at home and abroad on intellectual property topics.

Peter founded and headed the first bio-practice group at Baldwin’s, responsible for the drafting, prosecution and exploitation of patents relating to bio-technological inventions. He regularly attended the conferences of the Association of Biotechnology Companies, speaking to its Annual Meeting in San Diego, in 1992, and joining the Patent Committee of the organisation. The Patent Committee was consulted by the US National Institute of Health, and Dr. Craig Venter on his patents on expression sequence tags, arising from the Human Genome Project, which provoked international debate.

Peter was commissioned by the Waitangi Tribunal (a New Zealand government judicial body, formed to review historic grievances by the Maori -New Zealand’s indigenous people) to write a report on New Zealand’s laws affecting indigenous plants and animals, including claims to intellectual property rights to them, which was published in May 1995.

He assisted the New Zealand Royal Commission into Genetic Modification with intellectual property aspects of its Report. He is cited in the 1995 Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts.

He moved to the independent bar in 1995.

Jonathan Dingle
Nigel Stone
Jonathan Dingle
Mediator since


Specialist areas

Construction, insurance, costs, international, training


Jonathan Dingle is a leading barrister, mediator and internationally experienced arbitrator complimented as “inspiring”, “remarkable” and “incisive” in his work over three decades in many fields. At the Bar, he specialises in complex cases, often with a national or international dimension. He is also an international Arbitrator. He is regarded as something of an institution in complex construction, negligence, and costs dispute resolution. His more than 1,000 ADR cases have included various disputes and issues, from the trivial to tragic multiple deaths. His feedback from parties is “legendary”. In a recent case, he was credited by all parties in the resolution of a very long running, difficult, and tragic matter. He is supported by a full time dispute resolution assistant who eases the path to arbitration and mediation.

Insurance Mediator of the Year in 2009/2010 he was again so honoured for 2016/17 at the PI awards in November 2016.

As a barrister, he practices from 218 Strand in London enjoying a strong portfolio of work. He has a deserved reputation in complex, regulatory, government, and military law. Called as a barrister of the Middle Temple in 1986 following a distinguished career at sea in the Royal Navy working as a Commander with NATO navies, he later served on operational duties in the Gulf War before becoming a Judge Advocate.As such he dealt with complex and challenging cases – working alone and as part of a team. In the MOD, he briefed ministers and heads of state, and ran a substantial range of sensitive projects, both lead by and leading senior civil servants. He was fully deep vetted to the highest levels and retains the extended security clearance in his present part-time judicial appointment.He entered private bar practice in 1996. He has built a reputation as a leading adviser, negotiator, mediator, and practitioner in complex and difficult cases – both in the UK and overseas. He is the author of several textbooks and numerous chapters.

As a mediator, his work for more than a decade led to his appointment as Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Civil Mediation Council in 2003, a post which he held for eight years. He played a major role in influencing judges, practitioners and stakeholders in previously intractable disputes.He has led more than 250 mediation and arbitration training courses in Europe and internationally which have been universally praised. In doing so, he has already created a generation of mediators worldwide under the facilitative model. He has helped established associations worldwide. He is currently undertaking pro bono work establishing reconciliation processes in schools in the Caribbean where bullying, abuse and other issues are rife.

“Jonathan Dingle is widely regarded as the epitome of a modern international mediator who brings a relaxed style and a razor-sharp mind to every mediation, helping participants resolve disputes that seemed intractable”

He is also a member of a number of advisory groups and panels, has chaired inquiries and standards boards, and holds a part-time Judicial Appointment in the United Kingdom dealing with highly sensitive matters. As an arbitrator, Jonathan chaired or coordinated a number of panels for the Chartered Institute in London for some years. Jonathan’s style is relatively informal but should not be mistaken for an absence of a fine seaman like eye for detail, or a thorough grounding in procedure on which he is widely consulted. His arbitrations as a sole appointment generally proceed faster than the average. His awards are carefully constructed and clear to read – and generally quickly available.

Jonathan’s interests include his three grandsons, a Morgan, exploring on a motorcycle, theatre and film, running long distance events - and surfing. He is also a founding Trustee of the Jeff Astle Foundation for brain injury in sport.


The Perse School, Cambridge to 1975 Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth 1976 Kings College, London to 1979 Royal Naval College, Greenwich to 1980 Inns of Court School of Law 1985/1986 Middle Temple called 1986 Commander, Royal Navy (retired 1996) Seven warships, MOD, Whitehall, Judge Advocate, operations Barrister and International Mediator in independent practice Founder and Honorary Secretary of the Civil Mediation Council.


A back and forth discussion that attempts to reach an agreement.


The mediation process involves two or more disputants meeting with the help of a neutral third person (the mediator) to work out a resolution to their problem.  The exact role of the mediator may differ from one mediation to the next, but they can act as a “facilitator” helping to create meaningful dialogue, or as an “evaluator” assessing the merits of the case.  Crucially, it is the parties who retain control of the process, as they are the ones who determine what should and should not be in any resulting agreement.


Arbitration is more formal than mediation.  Arbitration will result in a legally binding and enforceable award, as determined by the arbitrator.  Arbitrators (like judges) must follow “natural justice” sometimes referred to as “due process”.  Therefore, the process shares some of the formalities of litigation, although it is more flexible in its processes than litigation.


A court case.  Parties appear in front of a judge (or jury) and present their evidence and arguments following strict rules, almost always in public. The court will make a decision about the case.


The mediation process involves two or more disputants meeting with the help of a neutral third person (the mediator) to work out a resolution to their problem. The participants describe the dispute from their point of view and in their own terms. Both sides explain how they think the matter might be resolved. The mediator helps focus attention on relevant issues and helps the participants identify a workable solution. Mediation has many advantages over court cases –fees are much less; the process is much faster; and a very high percentage of participants sign an agreement that they have negotiated on the day.

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The latest UK MINISTRY OF JUSTICE STATISTICS from cases in England and Wales show that only between 3.0% and 3.5% of all cases filed in court actually went to trial. Assuming rational choices on the part of litigants, trials are very rarely in the parties’ best interests.

The latest CEDR SURVEY results describe an aggregate settlement rate at mediations in the UK at around 86%.


Our standard mediation agreement can be viewed here.