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 she 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.