richard bull


About Richard

Retired Police Officer and Company Director

I served for 31 years as a police officer. As a senior negotiator in the service for over a decade I dealt with every imaginable situation, from kidnap and hostage crises, counter terrorism to internal police investigations. Thanks to this experience I bring well honed skills to the practice of mediation,  hard won expertise from out in the real world.

Alongside my police career I have been hands-on director of one of the largest privately owned transport companies in the country for 9 years. I brought my skills to bear on the complex situations encountered in business, from boardroom disputes, finance negotiations to health & safety cases and contractual issues.

With effective communication and consideration, I believe it is possible to resolve any dispute fairly with universal human values at the centre of things. I am passionate about the power of mediation simply because I have facilitated resolution in so many different situations.

Mediation is a potent alternative to costly and often traumatic litigation. My practice is all about bringing together people with diverse skill sets to facilitate a process that works for all. Real-world professionalism and rigour is at the heart of everything I do.

Mediation should, I believe, be available to all and as such I work for two charities as a volunteer mediator, Resolve West in Bristol and The Free Mediation Project which runs out of the Royal Courts of Justice.

I am very proud to be part of the faculty for the Society of Mediators, training mediation in a manner and to a level that is highly sought after.

I have managed large teams both in public service and in commercial settings. I have very real-life experience of litigation as a participant myself.

A very retired rugby player but still a fan and a passionate golfer playing very badly off a handicap of 7 so easily beaten.

Further details of my mediation practice can be found at