True dialogue We live in challenging times. Harvey Weinstein’s actions have opened the door to more and more sexual harassment revelations coming out every day. The Brexit negotiations are in chaos. Germany’s government coalition building attempts are a fiasco. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump’s teenage nuclear Twitter fight is frightening and irresponsible. The building […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 But unlike that show, characterised by outdated, ‘macho’ attitudes to business and collaboration, this group of dynamic, driven individuals embodies a new and progressive approach to leadership.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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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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