Dr Mary Malecka

Mary is skilled and experienced at using Zoom for mediations.  She will have pre-mediation sessions on Zoom with all concerned, and also use text, WhatsApp and phone flexibly to support the mediation process and facilitate dialogue.

Mary has experience in mediating where parties are not legally represented, and is happy to mediate in these cases.

Mary is a Registered Civil and Commercial Mediator with extensive experience in a breadth of matters as mediator. Most matters settle during the mediation or shortly thereafter.

Mary’s career path has been rich with variety.  Born in Poland, she has lived in several countries. As a teenager, 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.  An academic life included a year at the Sorbonne and training as a Russian interpreter in London. She was a trade union activist and education and workplace mediator.  She crossed the Sahara, raised two children, was a stand up comic and took her doctorate, which was to do with the psychology of learning. She read Law independently, took the City University Law exams and the Bar Course, was a Law Lecturer at City University, wrote two books for the OECD and is now a Bencher of her Inn. She is a Lacanian clinical trainee psychoanalyst with a small evening practice.

Mary trains expert witnesses for Wilmington plc (Bond Solon) and also works with factual witnesses such as Roman Abramovich for RAvBB  https://www.bondsolon.com/media/71143/times-article-jan.pdf

Her work in alternative dispute resolution as a trade union activist was solid grounding before becoming a Mediator and Barrister where her practice has encompassed general Chancery and Administrative law. Mary is registered on the Bar Council Direct Access Portal.

Mediation is a vocation and has been so for many years.   She volunteers for three charities mediating neighbour disputes and small claims.

Amongst her voluntary work promoting mediation, Mary judged a two day WCO Mediation Competition at the IDRC, chaired a national mediation debate at Kings College, took part in a debate on Mediation at a Civil Mediation Council Annual Conference, and has been judge for several international University mediation competitions.  Mary is on the Civil Mediation Council Standards and Registration Committee, and on the Membership Committee of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.


  • 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