David Hooper

David Hooper, mediator


"Mr Hooper was an excellent and effective mediator. He has completely overcome my bias in favour of lawyer mediators." A. Nicholls, litigation specialist, Keystone Law

MA (History and Land Economy, Cambridge, 1980)

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1995)

Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (1996)

Accredited Mediator (2008)

RICS Accredited Mediator (2009)

Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (2012) 

Accredited by Edexcel at a Level 7 (Masters Level) BTEC

  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Rent Reviews and end of Tenancy
  • Contract farming agreements
  • Single Payment Scheme claims and investigations
  • Rural planning
  • Compensation claims arising from the acquisition of land, or rights in land
  • Valuation of assets
  • Negotiating rights of way, easements and wayleaves for pipelines and cables
  • Negotiating options and lease terms for telecommunications masts and wind farms

David Hooper has over 30 years’ experience in business and property consultancy, during which he has helped clients to deal with most of the difficulties likely to be encountered in property, business and the farming sector. Whether family disagreements, partnership problems, construction disputes or commercial conflicts, he has helped parties in dispute to find mutually beneficial or commercially workable solutions. He is an expert in negotiation skills and is able to help clients clarify and express their interests more effectively in the context of negotiations and in the forum of mediation. His clear, analytical approach helps him focus parties on the key issues in a dispute; he is an imaginative, lateral thinker, able to encourage the parties to look for new ways to settle their differences or restructure their business or personal relationships.

David now specialises in dispute resolution, combining mediation with arbitration and expert witness work.

David has been involved in a wide range of mediations, including disputes about:

  • Boundaries and rights of way 
  • Drainage
  • Construction and building contracts
  • Landlord and tenant breach of terms, dilapidations
  • Agricultural tenancies: Rent Review; Case D and Case E Notices; dilapidations 
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Single Farm Payments
  • Commercial contracts
  • Breach of contract
  • Wills and family disputes
  • Partnership disputes and dissolution

"Mr Hooper was an excellent and effective mediator.He has completely overcome my bias in favour of lawyer mediators." A. Nicholls, litigation specialist, Keystone Law.

“David listened carefully to each party and managedto build a consensus ... After several hours of 
diligent work,... David managed to secure a settlement. I was extremely impressed with the way 
David listened to each party (one of whom was unrepresented) and managed to get them to focus 
on the 'bigger picture'. I would definitely use David as a mediator again, and would have no 
hesitation in recommending him as a mediator to others”. Solicitor, contract dispute.

“I was somewhat pessimistic about the chances of agreeing a settlement given their differences, ... 
but you managed to hold it together! I was very impressed.” Solicitor, contract dispute.

“Very fair, professional, calm, friendly” Private individual, building contract dispute. 
“..a difficult matter with high expectations and emotion handled well..” Solicitor, boundary 

“I was impressed with his grasp of the problems along with his calm manner. Although strictly 
neutral, I felt that he understood our worries and feelings.” Private individual, drainage dispute. 
“David was calm, authoritative and reassuring.” Solicitor, boundary dispute.

“Thank you for your professionalism. I would use mediation (and, of course, your services) 
again.” Land agent, tenancy dispute.

“You were sympathetic to the personalities involvedand handled the whole process with 
great skill and sensitivity in order to reach a very satisfactory settlement for both parties.” 
Solicitor, disputed will.

“It was the first time I have worked with a non-solicitor mediator and I am very impressed. I 
will certainly recommend you in the future” Solicitor, boundary dispute.

“Thank you so, so much...[we] are delighted with the result”. Private client, boundary dispute.