About Steve Garven

I am an internationally accredited mediator with a growing reputation available to mediate national and international disputes. 

Over 30 years in senior positions across the globe within the Oil & Gas Industry on some of the largest, high profile, demanding and technically complex international projects has given me specialist knowledge of Onshore and Offshore Subsea Engineering and Construction, Renewables, Maritime, Shipbuilding, Telecoms, Cabling (Fibre Optic/Copper) and Contracts which I would count as my specialisms. 

In addition to excellent communication, negotiation and commercial acumen, the oil & gas industry has given me the fundamental experience, interpersonal skills and a professional respectful manner enabling me to build rapport and trusting relationships at all levels across multi-national and multi-cultural environments.

This depth and range of experience combined with working as a Subject Matter Expert and a practising Expert Witness enhances my interdisciplinary competence and my ability to mediate and to accept instructions for both civil and commercial disputes to any value.

My first experience of Mediation was in 2010 when I was brought in by one of the parties as their Expert Witness to add weight to their position in the dispute.

My first significant involvement in Commercial Mediation was in 2011 when I negotiated a €14.3 million dispute between two Main Subsea Contractors – one based in the UK, the other in Europe. The second, shortly afterwards, was between a UK Oil and Gas Major Operator and their Main Subsea Contractor with a disputed value of £2.7million.

Although they both settled successfully, I wish I had had the training, experience and the structure of the Mediation Process and Model that we have today…negotiations would undoubtedly have been more streamlined!

As one of the UK’s most dynamic, enthusiastic mediation service providers, I offer:

  • A tailored, bespoke approach to mediation
  • Impartiality, independence, confidentiality, and neutrality
  • Mediation of monetary and non-monetary disputes

A first choice when looking for a robust and thorough mediator for dispute resolution.

I also openly advocate and encourage peer mediation and have the relevant disclosure certification to work with children and vulnerable groups.

As well as Training the trainer, delivering peer mediating training to staff and youngsters, teachers, youth workers, parents, carers, etc, I work with children and young adults in primary and secondary schools, young people in residential or foster care and youth groups encouraging Peer Mediation as an alternative route to resolving their conflicts and disputes and introducing them to the benefits that peer mediation offers:

New skills


A different way of thinking

Emotional intelligence



Negotiation skills

Problem-solving skills

I am confident in providing my clients, young or old, with a high level of personal service to help resolve disputes quickly and confidentially, as well as a cost-effective approach.