30 Nov 2012
The biennial CEDR Awards for excellence have been announced at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton in London on 29th November, attended by around 200 figures from the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and legal communities.
The panel of awards judges were The Rt Hon Lord Justice Rix, Brian Hutchinson of University College Dublin, Dr Gillian Dada of GlaxoSmithKline plc, Guy Perring of Everything Everywhere Ltd, Professor Bryan Clark of Strathclyde University, Rhys Clift of Hill Dickinson LLP, Caroline Stroud of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and author, CEO and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. Guests were also addressed by CEDR’s Chair, Lady Elizabeth Vallance, on the subject of dispute resolution’s changing landscape.
In the Excellence in ADR and Conflict category, my | deposits were recognised for their Tenant Deposit Protection Scheme, which uses an alternative dispute resolution process designed by the company. As well as this innovation, my | deposits were recognised for working steadily to find ways of improving this service, creating better outcomes for users of the scheme.Awards were made in 6 different categories, with 22 finalists making the most extensive shortlist in the Awards’ 20 year history.
In the ADR and Civil Justice Innovation category there were two winners for very different reasons. Judge Srđan Šimac of Croatia was recognised for his energetic work in bringing and popularising mediation in Croatia – Judge Simac founded the Croatian Mediation Association, and has since been elected as its first president. The Commercial Mediation Group was also given an award for their exciting, unique ‘mediation purchasers’ initiative, which ensures that disputants receive the best process possible. From a small group spearheaded by Katie Bradford, the Group now has 60 members and is set to grow in the future.
In the ADR Champion category, Geoff Lloyd, currently with Ernst and Young, was recognised for h
is work on tax disputes as part of Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue Service– Geoff headed and directed a government initiative which uses mediation to free up resources tied up in tax disputes. Geoff Lloyd’s system means that settlements in these disputes are achieved earlier and more effectively than through traditional channels.
In the ADR Trainer category, John Brand and Felicity Steadman were recognised for their extensive work in South Africa with the African Centre for Dispute Resolution at the University of Stellenbosch. In particular, they were the primary instigators of Commercial Mediation Skills Training working through Conflict Dynamics, with over 160 mediators accredited so far under the course.
In the Best Communication or Publication category, ‘The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative’ film series produced by the The Mossavar-Rahmani Center of Business and Government (M-RCBG), Harvard Kennedy School, USA, won in an especially strong category. The film seriesmakes a compelling case for ADR methods and processes, using real life corporate-community case studies to show the immediate and long term benefits of facilitated dialogue, available on www.BASESwiki.org for free.
The judges also commended Henry Brown and Arthur Mariott’s publication, ADR: Principles and Practice (3rd Edition), for a special mention, noting that this edition has been substantially revised to reflect developments and fresh thinking in the field.
The Tony Curtis Award for Young Professionals was given to Julie-Ann McCaffrey for her essay, Mediation as an Unadopted Road. The essay explores mediation in the workplace and within organisations, and suggests what we may expect to see in the future development of the field of mediation.
Dr Karl Mackie CBE, Chief Executive of CEDR said,
‘We are delighted by the innovative work that is being celebrated this evening, and the dedication shown by all of the winners and finalists to furthering the cause of alternative dispute resolution. The record number of finalists for this year’s Awards shows clearly how these practices are entering the mainstream, and their potential for transforming the way we approach conflict. As the diverse entrants show, the field of dispute resolution is changing to reflect the diverse needs of modern society.
26 Apr 2013
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