30 November 2000
Hammond Suddards Edge, BNFL and Independent Housing Ombudsman win CEDR Awards for commercial mediation
Hammond Suddards Edge Solicitors, BNFL and the Independent Housing Ombudsman Scheme have won the fourth biennial CEDR Awards for developing commercial mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). CMS Cameron McKenna was given a runner-up award. The Planning Inspectorate and the Dispute Resolution Centre (Kenya) received special commendations.
CEDR (the Centre for Dispute Resolution), the non-profit commercial mediation service, promotes mediation alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation in commercial disputes. The awards acknowledge the work and achievements of organisations that support and encourage the development of ADR.
The awards are given in three categories - the professions, industry and public sector and government. Entries were judged by an independent panel chaired by Lord Bingham of Cornhill, former Lord Chief Justice, and which included Rod Armitage, head of company and commercial law at the CBI and Sir Denys Henderson, chairman of the Rank Group.
Lord Bingham said: "The judging panel was impressed with the creativity and breadth of ADR application evident in the entries. It is proof that business and the legal profession have begun to embrace ADR techniques and that the public sector is following suit."
Presenting the awards at an event on Thursday 30 November to celebrate CEDR's tenth anniversary, Professor Karl Mackie, CEDR's Chief Executive, said: "The quality and range of entries speak well of the culture change in approaches to disputes which CEDR has encouraged amongst lawyers, in business and the public sector. They are a good benchmark for checking progress over future years when we anticipate even more radical developments in mainstreaming mediation."
Winner - Hammond Suddards Edge - for breadth of practice in ADR, track record for the design of dispute resolution schemes for large contracts and development of dispute avoidance / risk management as well as resolution techniques. Peter Crossley, national head of commercial dispute resolution at Hammond Suddards Edge, said: "We are delighted and honoured to have won this award from CEDR for the second time in succession. The whole of the firm is committed to dispute resolution and mediation in all areas of our practice. We believe the firm has set a benchmark in finding innovative dispute resolution solutions for the benefit of our clients."
Runner up - CMS Cameron McKenna - for the development of their own pre-action procedures for commercial disputes and an impressive throughput of mediations.
Winner - BNFL - for determination to apply ADR to their work in a highly contentious, public and emotive arena. Alvin J Shuttleworth, Company Secretary and Group Legal Director, BNFL, said, "I am delighted to receive this prestigious award on behalf of BNFL. This award recognises the excellent work my team does in resolving disputes using ADR in this most complex industry."
Winner - Independent Housing Ombudsman Scheme - ADR is an integral part of the organisation's practice and is also used to promote management best practice in landlord / tenant matters. Roger Jefferies, the Independent Housing Ombudsman, commented: "I am greatly honoured that my Scheme was chosen for this award. Since its incept IHOS has tried to approach disputes about housing avoiding the attribution of blame, helping the parties to resolve their relationship constructively."
The Planning Inspectorate - was complimented for its pioneering work as a government agency in attempting to use and experiment with ADR.
Dispute Resolution Centre (Kenya) - was commended for sustained effort, despite lack of resources, to promote ADR in a country where commercial mediation is generally still a new concept.
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Notes to editors:
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CEDR (the Centre for Dispute Resolution) is a non-profit organisation. It is mission is to encourage 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 ADR into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system.
CEDR is internationally recognised as providing expert third party conflict management and unparalleled mediator training.
CEDR has managed over 4,000 mediation referrals covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values ranging from less than £5,000 to £1bn with an average settlement rate of over 80 per cent.
The CEDR Awards for ADR are judged against five criteria - ADR policy, use of ADR, ADR training and awareness building, major achievements and ADR in the next ten years.
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