Our Team

 

Rachael Bicknell | Founder & Director

Squaring Circles evolved from my passion for negotiation, mediation and resolving disputes out of court. I previously spent 12 years practising as a dispute resolution solicitor in two of the UK’s most successful law firms dealing with a broad range of civil and commercial disputes. During that time, I represented negotiating parties in numerous mediations and solicitor to solicitor negotiations of disputes ranging in value from tens of thousands to multimillion pound claims.

I combine my legal expertise with specialist knowledge of advanced negotiation and mediation to provide face to face and online mediation, negotiation and legal consultancy services across a broad range of practice areas including business and commercial, professional negligence, property and land, construction, financial services, insolvency and shareholder, director and partnership disputes.

Outside work, I enjoy family time with my husband, two young children and the family dog, Winston. We head to New Zealand as much as possible to visit our whānau and immerse ourselves in the laid back Kiwi way of life. I am a keen hill walker, Munro bagger and mountain biker. 

Dr Tom Hutcheson | Consultant

Over the last 15 years I have built an international negotiation and dispute resolution consultancy practice, primarily working for major commercial and governmental clients based in Europe, North America, West Africa, GCC Arab States and South East Asia. I am now also available through Squaring Circles to deliver these services within Scotland.

My constancy work combines my practical experience gained working with a wide variety of clients in a wide range of contexts with in-depth specialist academic knowledge of the negotiation and dispute resolution processes.

As well as preparing and assisting clients with negotiations and disputes set in a range of commercial contexts, I have also developed extensive experience designing and delivering specialist negotiation and dispute resolution training and mentoring programmes.

I have experience working with clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including the oil & gas, shipping, utilities, engineering, construction, banking, sovereign wealth funds, law and healthcare sectors.

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Squaring Circles

PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING – to see equally in four directions – up, down, in and out
METAPHORICAL MEANING – attempting anything that seems impossible

Squaring Circles

PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING – to see equally in four directions – up, down, in and out
METAPHORICAL MEANING – attempting anything that seems impossible