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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Investor State Mediation Training

For three days in mid-June this year, CEDR partnered with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Mediation Institute (IMI) and the International Energy Charter, to conduct the first Investor State (IS) mediator training at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.  Whether a Windfarm in Chile or a Hydroelectric Plant in Indonesia, […]

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CEDR New Dialogues Programme

Today CEDR launches an exciting new initiative, the CEDR New Dialogues programme.  This is offered to young and emerging leaders in business and the community, and we are inviting applications through self-nomination or recommendations. Starting with an initial – and free-of-charge –  one-day training in advanced skills of facilitating dialogue and managing difficult or contentious […]

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Mediator as settlement leader

If it is true that (in Europe) all roads lead to Rome then might it also be true that in commercial mediation all Mediators ‘lead’ to Settlement? Frivolity aside, the idea of a mediator ‘leading’ parties to a settlement might be unsettlingly too directive in style for many. However, the mediator in reality does guide […]

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Collaboration is King – Lessons from the Lions

If you love rugby then like me, you will love the Lions. Once every four years, players from every nation in the British Isles, from clubs spanning the length and breadth of the land, come together united under one banner, with one purpose – defeat a southern hemisphere rugby giant. “This is your Everest boys”, […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Chula Rupasinha

In April 2017, CEDR launched its flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation skills. In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Chula Rupasinha, one of our lead negotiation trainers. As a senior Police Officer, Chula was the UK’s longest serving hostage negotiator, successfully resolving sieges and kidnaps of Britons held overseas. He led […]

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