22 Aug 2012
A recent co-mediation of a large IT case has shown how effective this can be in resolving
a complex multi-party dispute.
The case involved a failed IT project in the public sector where the customer had tried for
more than five years to reach a settlement with the supplier before starting litigation. This
quickly led to claims and counter-claims involving a total of five parties with the total
costs of the litigation estimated at nearly £3m.
Having looked at the option of a two day mediation with a single mediator, the parties
chose to have the case co-mediated by two mediators, Chris Newmark and Duncan
Campbell, both with extensive experience of IT disputes.
The dispute was effectively mediated at two levels. The first was the financial settlement
of the claimant’s claims and the second was how this amount was to be shared between
the defendants. The two mediators working as a closely linked team were able to operate
on these two levels in parallel, reducing the downtime between sessions and bring about a
settlement in one day.
Keeping up the momentum through a co-mediation made much more efficient use of the
parties’ time, cut costs and made the overall settlement possible. For disputes of this
kind, co-mediation could well be the most realistic solution.
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May set to be busy month for CEDR
Mediator Skills Training - Fast Track – 5 June 2013
Certificate in Advanced Negotiation - Module 1/3 – 25 July 2013
Mediator Skills Training - International – 19 August 2013
Certificate in Advanced Negotiation - Module 1/3 – 12 September 2013