International ADR Trainers’ Network – Making Multiple Connections

CEDR’s biennial International ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Trainers’ Network, with over 30 professionals, from 17 countries worldwide and kindly hosted by both Allen & Overy and CMS, was held in London four weeks ago.  The International ADR Trainers Network, created by CEDR in 2011, brings together high quality trainers biennially to provide a forum for […]

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Opportunities and risks of technology for use in mediation

The transformation of technology and how we interact and use it is unrecognisable from even 10 years ago. Industries spanning all sectors, including legal and Alternative Dispute Resolution services, have not escaped the reaches of this rapidly changing technological revolution. The use of technology in ADR is growing fast and changing the way users interact […]

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What messages should we give our Young Leaders?

This photo of our first cohort of New Dialogues leaders has been compared to the Apprentice. But unlike that show, characterised by outdated, ‘macho’ attitudes to business and collaboration, this group of dynamic, driven individuals embodies a new and progressive approach to leadership.  “Everything I touch turns to sold” and “I think outside the box. […]

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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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No Tribunal Fees? – It still pays to mediate

When Employment Tribunal fees were introduced, with effect from 29 July 2013, there was an immediate drop in the number of claims made. Last month The Supreme Court has said that the law imposing fees prevents access to justice and is therefore unlawful. The Government will now stop charging fees and will reimburse the fees […]

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