I am an experienced mediator and the only practicing doctor on either of the panels used by NHS Resolution to mediate clinical negligence disputes.

My background as a practicing intensive care consultant gives me a unique perspective on healthcare disputes. My clinical job involves making time critical life and death decisions.

I am very used to managing disputes, as these are common in Intensive Care. The Conflicus study showed that they occur in up to 80% of end of life decisions on ICU.


I lecture nationally and internationally on mediation in healthcare and it is my major research interest:

Conflict before the courtroom: challenging cognitive biases in critical decision-making

I am the only doctor on the Court of Protection Mediation pilot project.


I have been interviewed about healthcare mediation:


I’m happy to mediate any dispute, but specialise in healthcare mediation.

I am happy to accept instruction as a mediation clinician, where I will provide advice to a party involved in a mediation based on my experience as a clinician and mediator.

I mediate clinical negligence disputes involving NHS Resolution solely through Trust Mediation, who can be contacted here.

I am a volunteer for Resolve, who provide community mediation in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

I’m happy to mediate anywhere in England and Wales.

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Follow me on Twitter: @Medic_Mediator

Download Mediation Agreement document.


“I’d worked previously with Chris Danbury as an expert in a case that went to the Supreme Court and thought he would be ideally placed to mediate a solution in a difficult dispute between clinicians and a family member about specific treatment during the pandemic. His unique combination of skills as a mediator and an intensivist allowed us to reach an agreement that satisfied all parties. Importantly we avoided expensive, time-consuming litigation with all the uncertainties and stress for family members and clinicians that it brings. It also allowed the family to maintain a working relationship with the clinicians at the Trust where the patient will continue to be cared for. The best possible outcome for all concerned. ”Michael Mylonas QC
Lawyer’s “Barrister of the Year” 2019


“I instructed Chris when relations between the patient’s next of kin and the ICU clinical team had fundamentally broken down over a conflict as to what course of action was in the patient’s best interests. Chris’s exceptional experience and skill set in this niche field, calm authority, pro-active and quietly determined manner, meant he was rapidly able to establish the trust of the family member and the professional respect of the treating team, facilitate constructive communication and formulate a pragmatic, cost-effective and mutually agreeable solution. This was a remarkable result in all the circumstances. ”Sarah Williams
Legal Director, Payne Hicks Beach




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