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The Power of Mediation

It was an early start on a grey rainy day for the 4 ½ – hour journey to the venue and on arrival I found that we had only 2 rooms booked – an office and a very cosy storage room no bigger than a cupboard.  This was a workplace dispute where the breakdown in […]

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The Value of Joint Sessions – Dynamic and Engaging

The recent 2018 biennial CEDR mediation audit reported mediators observing a significant resistance (25% of comments) to joint meetings at the start of a mediation day. The audit shows that this resistance appears to be largely driven by lawyers who argue that no purpose is served by these meetings as parties are already familiar with […]

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Quality in Negotiation

Is negotiation an art or science? Can you teach someone to be a great negotiator or is it an innate skill? How do you truly achieve quality in negotiation? During my time at CEDR, I have come across a range of negotiation styles and approaches. I recently spoke to a very experienced senior negotiator who […]

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Big Projects, Big Disputes – Bring in the Mediators

71 countries across 4 continents. 65% of the world’s population. 1/3 of Global GDP. 4 – 8 trillion USD overall investment. These are just a handful of the eye-watering numbers associated with one of the largest infrastructure and investment projects in history – China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative. Coined as the modern day […]

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Learning from environmental disputes

Mediation for the resolution of conflict can be best illustrated in cases where a positive outcome is seemingly intractable. However, mediation, effective dialogue and progressive and collaborative negotiation can break deadlock.  Cases that involve environmental disputes are good examples of this. In 2014, CEDR Founder President Dr Karl Mackie CBE mediated a case under the […]

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