Lord Christopher Bellamy KC was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice on 7 June 2022. Prior to this, his legal career focussed on European, competition and regulatory law. He was a judge of (what is now) the General Court of the European Union 1992-1999, and then President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) until 2007. He then worked with Linklaters LLP, later chairing their global competition practice. He re-joined Monckton Chambers in 2020 as a door tenant, focussing on mediation and arbitration. In 2020-2021, he chaired the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid (CLAIR).
Lord Bellamy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, and the minister responsible for dispute resolution, opens the conference by sharing his perspective on mediation in the current environment.