Derek Marshall (MCIArb) (1980)

Barrister  |  Head of Chambers

Derek was called to the Bar in 1980 and has practiced in Southampton ever since. He was a founder member of College Chambers when we set up our new chambers in 1989. He now spends most of his time as a barrister advising clients in conference and on paper, in Joint Settlement Meetings, formal and informal Mediations and in negotiations, with less than half his time in Court in accordance with the current scheme of litigation which actively discourages the use of Court time. He qualified as a Civil Dispute Mediator in 2006 and since then has carried out over 120 Mediations in England and abroad, both by private appointment and by Court direction as the nominated Mediator. The claims he has mediated range from disputes between adjoining landowners, company directors in deadlock, commercial contracts about the supply of goods and services, disputed inheritances and wills and many other types of civil litigation. The parties who attend his Mediations are usually (but not always) represented by legal teams and he sees his role as being to actively guide them to a settlement, provide early neutral evaluation where needed and to supervise the recording of the agreement into the form of a binding Court order. He currently conducts around 30 mediations a year as the Mediator. In 2012 he qualified as a Family Finance Arbitrator under the very recently set up IFLA scheme and has conducted several Private Financial Dispute Resolution Meetings under this scheme. Since qualification as a Family Finance Arbitrator he has been admitted as a Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Derek is qualified to accept work directly from the public under the Bar Direct Access Scheme.


    • LLB (Hons) Southampton (1979)
    • Called 1980 (Hon Society of the Inner Temple)
    • Civil Dispute Meditator (Regents College of Psychotherapy) 2006
    • Family Finance Arbitrator (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) 2012



    • Member of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates
    • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member of the Forum of Family Arbitrators
    • Professional Negligence Bar Association
    • Association of Personal Injury Practitioners
    • Resolution

Personal Info

Derek is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of The You Trust charity and sits on the Finance and Commercial Committee of that organisation. Derek is still running (and trying to keep his 5k time below 25 minutes) and cycling. He is a keen Saints supporter and a seasoned season ticket-holder.

What they say

"A calm and reassuring adviser and friend throughout the many months over which my professional reputation was at stake in the High Court"

"We have nothing but praise for the informed, friendly and professional mediation managed today by Mr Marshall"

"He is not afraid to spell out the realities of a case to clients when needed" - Legal 500