John Brand


John Brand is a co-founder and a retired director of Conflict Dynamics. He worked for Bowmans for decades as a lawyer, partner, director and consultant. Is an internationally renowned ADR specialist. He serves on the ADR Advisory Committee of the South African Law Reform Commission and is on the Executive Committee of the National Dispute Settlement Practitioners Council.

John was actively involved in IMSSA from the mid-1980s as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, trainer and board member.

John is an International Mediation Institute (“IMI”) certified mediator and also serves as a member of the IMI’s Independent Standards Commission. He specialised in dispute resolution and the training of negotiators, mediators and arbitrators and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator.

He has written extensively in journals and other publications and co-authored Commercial Mediation – a User’s Guide and Labour Dispute Resolution both published by Juta. Over the past 40 years, he has arbitrated and mediated many large commercial and employment disputes and he regularly facilitated negotiation, strategic planning and transformation processes.

He was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s team of experts appointed to design mediation training material for developing countries and he regularly trained mediators from countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. The International Labour Organisation also commissioned John to design training material and to train parties and trainers from countries across the world in mutual gain negotiation.