Dr Mary Malecka

Mary uses her knowledge of psychology and listening skills; well-honed by her rich life experience, to facilitate a constructive conversation during Mediation. She has experience in mediating where parties are not legally represented.


She is skilled at flexibly using Zoom, WhatsApp and other communications to support the mediation process and facilitate dialogue. She also has a helpful knowledge of French, Russian and Polish.


Examples of Mary’s mediation where parties have found their solutions include partnerships, board troubles, building and construction disputes, professional and client conflicts, commercial disputes, quantum decisions, neighbour difficulties, personal relationships, landlord and tenant, sport and art contexts, labour and employer, school and student. 


Mary is a generalist CMC Registered Civil and Commercial Mediator and CMC Fellow, and has extensive professional experience. 


Mary took the City University Law exams and Bar Course and was a Law Lecturer at City University in Company Law. She did her PhD at Nottingham University. Mary wrote two books for the OECD on the law to do with the education of SEND pupils in the OECD member states.


Mary is strongly committed to voluntary and pro bono work as an activist and positive disruptor. As a mediator, she regularly carries out pro bono Mediation where the need is evident. She judges in Mediation competitions and debates, serves on the CMC Standards and Registration Committee, and trains and mentors newly qualified mediators. Additionally, Mary serves on the Membership Committee of the Company of Arbitrators as a Liveryman and Court Assistant. 


Mary is a Governing Bencher of her Inn. She has Lacanian clinical training and a small evening practice in psychoanalysis. In addition to her work as a Barrister Mediator, she trains expert witnesses through Wilmington plc (Bond Solon) for over fifty firms of Solicitors in the UK and abroad.


Mary’s career path has been rich with variety. Born in Poland, she was a high fashion photographic model for Elle and Vogue in Paris, London and Chicago. She worked with David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, and Victor Skrebneski. Her academic life included a year at the Sorbonne. She trained as a Russian interpreter in London. Mary was a teacher in Leicester, where she was a trade union activist and an Education and Workplace Mediator. Her work in alternative dispute resolution as a trade union activist provided a solid grounding for becoming a Barrister Mediator.


Mary crossed the Sahara, raised two children, and has been a stand-up comic.


See Mary’s Linkedin profile here


  • CIArb Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Civil Mediation Council Ltd
  • FInstD Fellow Institute of Directors
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • UKCP UK Council for Psychotherapy

What the parties say

  • calm, thoughtful, excellent at diffusing tension 
  • efficient, kind, well-paced and calm