4 June 2003
CEDR launches ADR guide for public sector
Lord Hurd of Westwell, CEDR Chairman, this week officially launched CEDRís latest publication ďADR for public authorities: a guide for managersĒ at a reception for 100 public sector leaders at the Cabinet War Rooms.
The guide has been produced as part of CEDR's campaign to help the government realise the Lord Chancellor's March 2001 ADR pledge.
Written in consultation with the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, the Government Legal Service, the National Audit Office, SOLACE Enterprises and the Treasury Solicitorís Department, the guide provides a comprehensive introduction to alternative dispute resolution for those working in, or associated with, public authorities. It aims to give managers and administrators a practical understanding of the mediation process, presenting some of the questions they may need to address with their lawyers in preparation for any potential mediation. Additionally it describes the use of mediation outside the litigation context, and the range of ADR techniques available.
As stated in the foreword by Sir Andrew Turnbull KCB CVO, Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service:
"This guidance is welcomed as a tool that can help us adapt our practices in dispute resolution in line with our objectives of delivery, partnership and the most effective use of public funds."
Karl Mackie, CEDR Chief Executive stated at the reception that "use of mediation and ADR in the public sector is still fragmented but growing fast across a range of specialist areas. It offers potentially significant value as a new management approach for the public sector."
Later this year CEDR will also be launching a public sector advisory forum, chaired by Presiley Baxendale QC, Joint Head of Blackstone Chambers, to act as a touchstone for CEDRís work in the public sector and to sponsor practical projects.Ends
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Copies of ďADR for public authorities: a guide for managersĒ are available for purchase (£30) from CEDR and can be ordered online at www.cedr.co.uk or by calling CEDR on 020 7536 6000.
CEDR's public sector initiative:
Since the launch of CEDR's campaign in 2002 to help the government realise its pledge, CEDR has been involved with 16 out of 22 Departments of State in work dealing with policy-making, contract drafting, case referrals and delivering training and dispute resolution schemes. Recent activities have included the launch of a joint initiative with SOLACE Enterprises (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) to promote a dispute resolution service for local authorities and the COMPACT mediation scheme to help settle disputes between voluntary and community organisations and the Government.
In the past year CEDR has also worked with the government on various projects including the Office of Government Commerce guidance on dispute resolution, the Employment Tribunal Systems Taskforce's recommendations for the modernisation of employment tribunals, the first phase of a project with AVMA and the NHSLA to develop the use of mediation in clinical negligence disputes and are currently working on the second phase. CEDR Solve has also given mediation awareness training to the Treasury Solicitor's Department.
CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost-effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public-sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard.
CEDR Solve, the UK's leading commercial mediation provider, is CEDR's dispute resolution and prevention service and has managed over 7,000 mediation referrals covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values. In addition to managing a number of dispute resolution processes including mediation, adjudication, early neutral evaluation and expert determination, CEDR Solve provides a range of consultancy services and training solutions for business people and professionals.