The scheme applies to eligible cases for which permission to appeal is sought and obtained via the Court of Appeal.
Unless a judge exceptionally directs otherwise, the parties in such cases are notified by the Court that case papers have been automatically referred to CEDR for the appointment of a mediator. Parties are then asked to confirm if they wish to proceed to mediation. Mediation under the pilot scheme is voluntary but parties may be required to justify to the Court of Appeal their decision not to attempt mediation at subsequent court hearings.
At the mediation, 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 of Appeal. See How to Use this Service below for more details on the process.
Nine hours of the mediator's time, with four hours allocated to preparation and five hours to mediation.
Upon receipt of written notification from the Court of Appeal that a case is being referred for mediation under the Scheme, CEDR will do the following:
The standard fees payable per party under the Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme are:
This fee includes:
The fee is payable in advance of the mediation, as soon as all parties have agreed the identity of the mediator and the date of the mediation, and should be paid to CEDR, who will issue a VAT invoice to each party for the sum due.
Cancellation charges apply and can be found in the Court of Appeal Fee Policy document
CEDR has developed a specialist mediator panel for this service. The panel consists of mediators from many different providers (not just CEDR) and is managed by CEDR's Director of Dispute Resolution Services Lauren McGuirl. Lauren ensures that the panel has sufficient numbers of accredited mediators with expertise that is relevant to the different types of claims that are referred for mediation. She also reports on the operation of the service to the Court of Appeal Mediation Working Group, chaired by a Lord Justice.
Find out more about the current members of the panel