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Beverley Vara

Call: 2013

Overview

Beverley is recommended by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for her mediation work, having worked in ADR since she retired from being a litigation partner in Allen & Overy LLP in 2013.

Beverley joined A&O as a Senior Associate in January 2000 to build their Real Estate litigation practice and was made a Partner in 2003 having successfully grown her practice. In that role she advised on an eclectic mix of disputes from those within complex banking or corporate structures, through matters involving areas of law such as insolvency or PFI, to residential landlord and tenant disputes.

 

In 2013 she transferred to the Bar to practice as an independent mediator, adjudicator and expert and has devoted the same level of energy and commitment to her ADR practice as she did to her career as a solicitor. This has led to her having a busy and wide ranging practice covering a broad range of disputes including but, far from limited to, those reflecting her real estate dispute background.

Her mediation practice encompasses all types of commercial disputes both domestically and internationally with an emphasis on breach of contract, property, partnership and shareholder disputes, trusts, probate, professional negligence and claims in the corporate and banking sectors.

Beverley is equally at home with a number of different mediation formats, and has experience with online hybrid mediations (where some of the parties are online and some face to face) as well as the more traditional face to face mediations.

“Great at absorbing all the key information, listens to all parties’ concerns, and is very adept at helping negotiations to successful conclusions.” (2022)

Legal 500 UK
Mediators

“Likes to grasp cases by the scruff of the neck and is good at handling challenging situations” (2021)

Chambers UK
Mediators

“very good at getting people to think in the right away about a case. She gets on top of the detail quickly and sees points that might have been missed.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Mediator

Expertise

Overview

Beverley is firmly of the view that mediations work because parties are allowed to reach a solution that is in their commercial interests, informed by the strength of their legal case, but not ruled by it. She helps the parties identify their commercial needs and consider broadly the type of settlement that might be available to them in order for both sides to emerge from the dispute with the best possible result.

Beverley’s first degree was in mathematics and her solid numerate background, coupled with having built and managed a substantial legal practice within her former firm, gives her a good understanding of the commercial considerations and pressures that parties in a dispute face.

Directory quotes

Legal 500 UK
Mediators

“Great at absorbing all the key information, listens to all parties’ concerns, and is very adept at helping negotiations to successful conclusions.” (2022)

Chambers UK
Mediators

“Likes to grasp cases by the scruff of the neck and is good at handling challenging situations.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Mediator

“Very good at getting people to think in the right away about a case. She gets on top of the detail quickly and sees points that might have been missed.” (2020)

 

Chambers UK
Mediator

“She's very good at getting people to think and to negotiate, and she gets cases quickly.” (2019)

Chambers UK
Mediator

“Beverley is firm, straight-talking and comes up with creative ideas to try to achieve a resolution. She grasps legal issues quickly, which enables the parties to concentrate on settlement discussions.” (2018)

Chambers UK
Mediator

“Beverley Vara is a "very supportive and helpful" mediator who is regularly appointed to property disputes and cases involving professional negligence. One impressed observer states that "she was very good and skilled in moving the parties to settle" and "she was instrumental in getting the parties out of their entrenched positions.” (2017)

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Beverley Vara

Call: 2013

bvara@maitlandchambers.com

“Great at absorbing all the key information, listens to all parties’ concerns, and is very adept at helping negotiations to successful conclusions.” (2022)

Legal 500 UK

Mediators

Overview

Beverley is recommended by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for her mediation work, having worked in ADR since she retired from being a litigation partner in Allen & Overy LLP in 2013.

Beverley joined A&O as a Senior Associate in January 2000 to build their Real Estate litigation practice and was made a Partner in 2003 having successfully grown her practice. In that role she advised on an eclectic mix of disputes from those within complex banking or corporate structures, through matters involving areas of law such as insolvency or PFI, to residential landlord and tenant disputes.

In 2013 she transferred to the Bar to practice as an independent mediator, adjudicator and expert and has devoted the same level of energy and commitment to her ADR practice as she did to her career as a solicitor. This has led to her having a busy and wide ranging practice covering a broad range of disputes including but, far from limited to, those reflecting her real estate dispute background.

Her mediation practice encompasses all types of commercial disputes both domestically and internationally with an emphasis on breach of contract, property, partnership and shareholder disputes, trusts, probate, professional negligence and claims in the corporate and banking sectors.

Beverley is equally at home with a number of different mediation formats, and has experience with online hybrid mediations (where some of the parties are online and some face to face) as well as the more traditional face to face mediations.

Approach to Mediation

Beverley is firmly of the view that mediations work because parties are allowed to reach a solution that is in their commercial interests, informed by the strength of their legal case, but not ruled by it. She helps the parties identify their commercial needs and consider broadly the type of settlement that might be available to them in order for both sides to emerge from the dispute with the best possible result.

Beverley’s first degree was in mathematics and her solid numerate background, coupled with having built and managed a substantial legal practice within her former firm, gives her a good understanding of the commercial considerations and pressures that parties in a dispute face.