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Cynthia McFarlane

Mediator & Barrister

1MCB | Chambers of John Benson QC

London, UK

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Cynthia McFarlane’s Biography

Cynthia McFarlane is a highly regarded Mediator and Barrister at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. Called to the Bar in 2003, Cynthia has been dispensing expert legal advice for almost two decades and specialises in equine, civil, family and regulatory law.

Since 2014 Cynthia has been an accredited mediator in all areas of law and has created a unique 3 step process to ensure clients consider mediation as a necessary stage in the legal procedure. Her approachability, excellent communication skills and ability to simplify complex legal matters means she is highly sought-after by both corporate and individual clients.

In the horse world, Cynthia is one of a limited number of International Equine Mediators. As ‘The Horse Lawyer’, Cynthia combines her passion for horses with her legal expertise and advises clients in the niche area of equine law and related issues such as personal injury, professional negligence, industry regulation and road traffic law. Cynthia seeks to encourage inclusivity in the horse industry and is involved with projects where she can use mediation as a powerful tool for change.

In civil cases Cynthia covers contract, tort and personal injury and represents claimants as well as defendants. When it comes to regulatory law, she has represented the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) at disciplinary hearings. She also accepts instructions from nurses and midwives in cases before the NMC.

Having completed her pupillage at East Anglian Chambers, Cynthia began her legal career at 10 King’s Bench Walk, Chambers of C J Algar, a mixed criminal and civil practice. She is a graduate of Kingston University and has undertaken a course in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Regent’s University. Cynthia is listed in The Legal 500 UK, the leading guide to law firms and lawyers in the UK.

Cynthia acts as a Mentor on the Beyond Barriers Mentorship Scheme at Kingston University and since 2010 has volunteered at the homelessness charity, Crisis.

Cynthia McFarlane’s Newsfeed

HSBC UK and UK Black Business Show announce vital partnership for Black entrepreneurs

The UK Black Business Show aims to bring together the best Black businesses in the country through exhibitions, workshops, interactive panels, and seminars.

Cynthia McFarlane’s Background

1MCB | Chambers of John Benson QC
Mediator & Barrister
Mar 2015 - Present
London, UK
1MCB, the Chambers of John Benson QC, was founded in 1977 with the aim of representing the broader community and a focus on disadvantaged groups.
The Horse Lawyer
Equine Law Mediator & Barrister
2017 - Present
London, UK
As The Horse Lawyer Cynthia provides legal advice, mediation and representation on matters relating to equine law.
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The Dark Horse Podcast
Click on the logo to listen to all episodes of The Dark Horse podcasts, written and presented by Cynthia McFarlane, Equine Mediator & Barrister.
COVID19: Out of quarantine and into the fire?
Jun 2020
London, UK
In her webinar entitled “COVID19: Out of quarantine and into the fire?”, Cynthia discusses three points to help equine-related businesses that are emerging from quarantine. She talks about what you can do during lockdown to prevent legal disputes, what you can do if you are being faced with a legal dispute, and lastly Cynthia shares tips that are essential for equine-related businesses.


Civil Mediation Council
Panel Mediator
London, UK
The CMC is recognised as the authority in the UK for all matters related to civil, commercial, workplace and other non-family mediation cases.


BAME Equine and Rural Activities Focus Group (BERF)
Sep 2020 - Present
The BAME Equine and Rural Activities Focus Group (BERF) was created on 2nd July 2020 to support, encourage, inspire, educate and progress members of the BAME community in all disciplines, in all areas of the equine industry and in all rural activities.

Awards & Endorsements

Personal Injury Awards
Mediation Achiever of the Year Winner 2020
The Personal Injury Awards are judged by a prestigious independent panel made up of experts from across the sector. Together they assess hundreds of entries and decide who should be recognised as the leading lights of personal injury.
The Legal 500
Cynthia McFarlane is listed in The Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK.

Charitable Interests

Beyond Barriers Student Mentoring Scheme
The Beyond Barriers Student Mentoring Scheme at Kingston University offers support for under-represented students and is designed to give students the confidence and skills to develop techniques to enhance their studies and address attainment gaps in higher education.
2010 - Present
London, UK
Crisis is a national charity for homelessness in the United Kingdom, committed to ending the cycle of poverty and the associated consequences. Crisis works with homeless individuals across the country, supporting them on their journey to rebuilding their lives and improving their living conditions.

Business Interests

The Black Business Show
London, UK
Cynthia will be exhibiting at The Black Business Show which will take place on 30th October 2021 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. The show will be a great opportunity for Black talent to find career opportunities and enjoy inspiring content.

Cynthia McFarlane’s Education

Regent's University London
Alternative Dispute Resolution
2013 - 2014
BPP Law School
Bar Vocational Course, Law
2002 - 2003
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