Members' funding not only underwrites CEDR's independence in dispute intervention but also ensures continuous innovation of new processes, the provision of the highest quality professional standards and support for our continuing mission to cut the cost of conflict.
A more in-depth track record for each of our services is available in the relevant section.
Informing the market
- CEDR's market leading websites are accessed by over 30,000 users on average each month.
- We have launched EDR Law - CEDR's unique source of information for our members tracking judgments, Civil Procedure Rules, Court Guides and Pre-action Protocols linked to mediation.
- We run a biannual Mediation Audit in conjunction with the Civil Mediation Council informing the market on the use of mediation and current trends.
- We have conducted landmark research into trends in business, work and disputes such as the Cost of Conflict, Tough Times Tough Talk and the Challenge of Collaboration.
- Every year hundreds of courses, events and seminars around the world.
- CEDR has worked extensively all over the globe and in Europe - please view our World Map and European Map.
Improving Civil Justice Systems and leading global development in dispute resolution
- We have helped to develop ADR and bring it to the fore in over 50 jurisdictions through our work with Lawyers, Judges, Ministries of Justice, Chambers of Commerce, other business bodies and Mediators in locations as diverse as London, Hong Kong, Lahore, New York, Athens, Jakata, Kingston, Dhaka, Lagos, Dublin, Beiruit, Moscow, Doha, Gothenburg, Bogata, Dehli, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Tirana, Helsinki, Bucharest, Cairo, São Paulo, Zagreb, Tbilisi, Casablanca, Ulan Bator and Cape Town.
- Following their Green Paper in 2002, the European Commission has launched an EU Code of Conduct for Mediation and a Draft Directive developed by a drafting committee on which CEDR was represented and influential in helping to shape through to implementation in 2011.
- In addition to the Court of Appeal Scheme and regular High Court and Commercial Court referrals, CEDR is actively involved in court-referred mediation schemes in Birmingham, Cardiff, Central London, Exeter and Guildford.
- CEDR successfully introduced mediation into the process of many civil justices systems, such as the Slovak civil justice system.
- Building upon the success of the Judges' Forum in recent years, as well as our involvement in the three-year judicial education programme for the Judicial Studies Board, CEDR provided mediator skills training to judges.
- The first pan-European ADR research project, conducted by CEDR in conjunction with leading law firm CMS, culminated in the launch of a joint publication 'The EU Mediation Atlas: Practice and Regulation'.
- We worked in Kazakhstan in the development of consumer-orientated mediation centres.
- We worked with the World Bank to professionalise mediation in Pakistan.
- CEDR is an elected member of the Civil Mediation Council for England & Wales.
- We undertook the first internationally accredited mediator skills training in Nigeria and continue to run courses there each year.
- CEDR designed and established an extra judicial system for resolving welfare disputes in Samara, Russia.
- CEDR presented a report to the Government of Russia outlining the development of mediation in the UK and the EU.
- CEDR produced a new educational video on mediation and published the second edition of its 'Court referred ADR: a guide for the judiciary'.
- CEDR has submitted reports to Judicial Reform Initiatives such as Lord Justice Jackson's review, Mr Justice Colman's Commercial Court working group on court-ordered mediation and later a report to the Court of Appeal prior to the Halsey judgment.
- We launched the UK-China Mediation centre located in Beijing and London.
- We trained local commercial mediators in Advanced Mediation Practice from New York to Bosnia and we deliver mediator skills training courses in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Landmark ADR projects
- Mediation was mentioned by name for the first time in the revised Practice Direction to the Pre-action Protocols.
- The Alder Hey retained organs litigation, involving around 1,000 families, reached a conclusion through mediation.
- CEDR completed the first Early Neutral Evaluation under the Union Railway scheme for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- CEDR was invited to act as 'on call' mediators to one of the largest regeneration projects currently in prospect in the UK.
- CEDR has created a ‘Project Mediation’ initiative to help major industry projects, such as the London Olympics, prevent disputes and meet critical deadlines, by building into projects a skilled, independent overseer for communications between entire project teams.
- CEDR and The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) worked in partnership to provide a valuable new mediation service for its members
- CEDR launched The Performing Arts Mediation Service, a new initiative set up with the Independent Theatre Council (ITC) to meet the specific needs of performing arts professionals
- CEDR sponsored an important 12-month PhD research student and mediator from the London School of Economics, using CEDR as a case study for looking at the whole field, in one of the first ever PhD projects into UK commercial mediation.
- CEDR is one of the providers for the National Mediation Providers Service which runs the National Mediation Helpline.
- We are working with the Wind Energy Division of Germanischer Lloyd industrial Services Gmbh to provide a project risk management service for wind energy projects.
Encouraging systematic use of ADR
- The BBC's new Code of Practice for its dealings with independent producers includes provision for mediation through CEDR.
- The Baltic & International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the leading international shipping member organisation using standard ADR documentation in that sector, have included mediation clauses, incorporated CEDR workshops into international conferences in London and Barcelona and now include a mediation module in their international summer school training.
- CEDR has worked with the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) to encourage the use of mediation techniques in creating alliances as well as in resolving disputes in alliances.
- FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, named CEDR as the default nominating body in the 4th edition of its Client/Consultancy Model Services Agreement.
- We are members of Medal - the International Mediation Services Alliance - with leading international mediation providers in Europe and the USA.
- We launched Model Employment Contract Clauses.
Breaking new ground
- CEDR contributed to the work of the Better Regulation Taskforce, to look at the potential impact of mediation on the compensation culture.
- CEDR regularly participates in consultations with government in the UK and Ireland, such as the BIS's consultation on the provision of ADR for disputes arising under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
- The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee invited CEDR to contribute to their 'inquiry into inquiries'.
- CEDR launched a specialist Mediation Skills Training course for the employment sector.
- We launched the first ADR International Study Programme.
- We published our mediation contract clauses free online in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.
- CEDR supported the formation of the APPG on Conflict Issues with our Chief Executive Karl Mackie CBE and the Chair of CEDR's Advisory Council, Lord Hurd of Westwell speaking at the group's second meeting on commercial mediation.
- First Saturday Service for mediation.
Quality and innovation
- We maintain mediator standards of excellence through a programme of Advanced Mediation Training courses.
- We ensure new mediator talent is nurtured through our Observership Program.
- We hold biannual CEDR Awards for Excellence in ADR to award the forerunners of ADR development.
- In response to market conditions and client demand, launched CEDR Chambers with a direct panel of over 25 mediators that clients can book directly.