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David Goldberg
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About David Goldberg

David is a Partner at KaurMaxwell. He quailiifed in 1993 and has exclusively practiced as a commercial dispute resolution solicitor since. He was an equity partner in a commercial practice for over 20 years before moving to a niche City firm and then joining KaurMaxwell to expand the growing reach of the practice. He brings a wealth of experience in a wide variety of different sectors and different tribunals and acts for household names, SME’s, small businesses, entrepreneurs, sole traders and individuals. He prides himself on finding a commercial and practical solution to problems.

In addition to litigating, he is an Accredited Mediator through CEDR and recognised as a Lead Mediator in the Legal 500 (2021). He is also on the CEDR conciliation panels for disputes under the Federation of Master Builders and Funeral Arbitration Schemes.

Further details:
David has three children who keep him busy.
Outside of work, he is a keen cyclist and regularly plays badminton.

Languages
English

Areas of Practice/Sectors
Litigation and Mediation
David was the Head of the China desk at a previous firm, opening two associated offices in China and building long lasting relationships.

Key Experience
David Joined KaurMaxwell in December 2021. David’s areas of practice encompase:

  • Contractual disputes.
  • Partnership & shareholder disputes.
  • Equipment leasing disputes.
  • Property/development disputes (overage, covenants, easements, nuisance, build out, contractual, dilapidations, rights of way).
  • Electronic Telecommunications Code Disputes.
    • Workplace/Boardroom conflict management.
    • New Road and Street Works Act 1991 (Utilities and contractors).
    • Contentious probate/family disputes.

Qualification / Year 1993

Accreditations / Memberships
The Law Society

Mediation experience
CEDR Accredited Mediator
ADR Group Commercial and Civil Mediator
Legal 500 leading mediator (September 2021)
International Mediator at the Shenzhen Qianhai International Commercial Mediation Center (Shenzhen, China)

Mediation Testimonials

  • David is a highly experienced mediator who’s pragmatic and direct style brought the skills needed to get the mediation concluded when it looked like an agreement was unachievable. David controlled proceedings from the start and ensured clarity of process and messages throughout the day. Happy to highly recommend.
  • Your straightforward approach to the matter was spot on. You knew enough about the matter to talk through issues with the clients, and to do so sensitively given the issues at stake, but you commendably kept a keen eye on how progress could be achieved. It was useful that you had your own thoughts on what might work to make progress and were thinking laterally about what part of any settlement could be. Pushing my client from time to time gave me some comfort that you were pushing our opponent too. It was not a mediation which was going to turn or required analysis on legal issues and it was useful that you steered clear of the minutiae of the case for that reason. I am rarely impressed with mediators but would happily recommend you to others where that sort of straight-talking approach is required.
  • I should like to take this opportunity to thank David for his expertise, persuasive and commercial experience in handling the meditation at which the parties settled.
  • David did an excellent job of bridging a wide gap between the parties to my mediation: he handled some difficult characters very effectively and got a sensible practical deal over the line. Thank you, David!.
  • I liked the way that you were clearly on top of the papers and willing to take a no-nonsense approach to the parties where appropriate. All too often, mediators do not give parties a hard enough time on their own case, which only results in frustration from the other side.
  • Highly effective. I [Counsel] was impressed with his relentless commercial approach, and achieving a settlement in a complex case where the allegations by all parties were of the most serious kind and the level of distrust remained high.
  • It needed David’s pragmatic approach and his determination to force through a settlement which all parties needed in this complex and highly personal commercial dispute to bring this matter to an end.
  • David was an excellent mediator, good style (relaxed, but firm). It was clear he had taken time to read all the papers and build a rapport with the parties pre-mediation so they felt at ease during the mediation when challenged in a non-intrusive way and were responsive to him raising possible outcomes they had not previously thought of to find a resolution.
  • OCL used David’s mediation services and would warmly recommend him. He was friendly, professional and focused in moving the matter forward, while treating everyone with great dignity and courtesy.
  • I was impressed, the mediation was conducted in a way that was both professional, relaxed and very practical, and this engendered an atmosphere that really helped promote a settlement in a long running and hotly contested dispute.

  • David took the practical and firm line that was needed to achieve a hard-won settlement. He was hands on – not afraid to take a view on the legal issues and to push the parties to keep a focus on commercial discussions. As a result, a compromise was reached where it appeared unlikely and we left with that rare thing after a mediation – a happy client.1
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