The service applies to two party claims brought before the Central London County Court which were allocated to a multi-track approach.
Unless a judge directs otherwise, the parties in such cases will be notified by the Court that the use of the Scheme should be seriously considered.
Mediation under this service is voluntary but parties may be required to justify to the Court their decision not to attempt mediation at subsequent court hearings.
The appointed mediator will bring the parties together to try to reach a settlement. If there is a settlement, the case will not go back to the Court. Following the mediation, CEDR will contact the parties in order to obtain feedback on the process and will also correspond with the Court throughout as appropriate.
Mediations under this service are time-limited to 3-hours and take place online during weekdays
Upon receipt of fully completed application form CEDR will:
- Appoint a mediator from the Panel. Selection will be made on a rota basis with mediators selected subject to consideration of the case summary provided by the Parties and the expertise details we hold for the Panel Members.
- CEDR will email all parties confirming:
- The date of the mediation
- Venue (online typically using Zoom)
- The name of the mediator appointed (with a copy of their CV)
- We will provide the parties and the mediator with all the necessary administrative assistance to set up the mediation.
- Following the mediation, CEDR will contact the parties in order to obtain feedback on the process and will also correspond with the Court throughout as appropriate.
The cost of a mediation under the scheme is £540.00 (£450+VAT) per party.
This fee covers:
- Up to three hours of mediation time
- Mediator preparation and expenses
- Online venue costs
- CEDR's administrative costs
Each party must pay the fee in advance, prior to the mediator being appointed and the mediation date confirmed. There is no provision for additional mediation time under the service; once the three hours of mediation time is expended the mediation will come to an end.
CEDR has developed a specialist mediator panel for this service. The CLCC Mediator Panel is managed by CEDR's Director of Dispute Resolution Services, Lauren McGuirl, with the decision on applications to join the panel ultimately taken by the Court itself.
Lauren ensures that the CLCC Panel has sufficient numbers of accredited mediators with expertise that is relevant to the different types of claims that are referred for mediation. CEDR also reports on the operation of the scheme to the Court on a regular basis.