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Variety could be the Spice of Life when it comes to Mediation

In addition to our CEDR Chambers group of mediators, CEDR has a 120-strong mediator panel in the UK and another 40 or so around the world. The reality is though that many lawyers don’t realise this as they find a ‘favourite’ mediator and then almost never deviate from using that person in their cases. It’s […]

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Mediation and the Irish Tracker Mortgage Scandal

The tracker mortgage scandal filled broadcast, social and print media in Ireland for weeks and, in terms of its impact on citizens and financial cost to the State and/or state-sponsored entities, maybe second only to the Hep C / HIV contaminated blood products scandal. Opposition Front Bench TD Michael McGrath has suggested that the ultimate […]

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Letter from America

“When you go will you send back, A letter from America?” The title lyrics to the hit Proclaimers song captures how my career and work in Europe and the UK has drawn on experience and lessons from the USA; something I reflected on recently while in Boston. With 2017 marking the bicentennial of Harvard Law […]

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Brexit Negotiations and the ‘Ancient Regime’ – where are the mediators?

Regardless of your views on Brexit, one cannot escape the reality that the negotiations so far have been wrought with difficulty. Recently, on Radio 4’s PM programme I was asked, “If Brexit really is a divorce and a messy one at that would a mediator help?” With over 20 years of experience in extremely difficult […]

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Clinical Negligence Mediation – more to offer than a JSM?

I have had lawyers say to me: “We don’t need to mediate; we know how to negotiate.”  This seems like a more extreme version of “We can settle cases ourselves at Joint Settlement Meeting (JSM) and mediation doesn’t add anything.”  It misses a major option for negotiators. Increasing the options Some cases can be resolved […]

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