Colin Russ is a leading, independent commercial mediator. He is a Top Ranked Commercial Mediator in Band 1 of the Chambers UK Guide 2024 and is a Top Tier Hall of Fame Commercial Mediator in the Legal 500 Guide 2024.

Colin has also been voted the winner of Dispute Resolution Mediator of the Year in England at the Leaders in Law Global Awards 2024.

Originally qualified as a lawyer, Colin practiced as a commercial litigation lawyer for over 20 years, ultimately as Head of Litigation at the Birmingham office of global law firm DLA Piper. After his interest in the mediation process grew, Colin gained his Commerical Mediator Accreditation and left DLA (as it was then) to set up his own mediation practice called CDR.

Over the last 24 years Colin has built CDR into a thriving, independent commerical mediation practice. His clients include many of the UK’s leading law firms and he has considerable expertise in high value multi-party mediations, involving complex multi-issue disputes. He has completed over 1800 mediations to date.