22 Oct 2012
Hong Kong demand for commercial mediation services sees launch of CEDR Asia Pacific's first local mediator panel
Today CEDR Asia Pacific a division of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, which a year ago opened a new operational base in Hong Kong, is launching a panel of 22 mediators in response to the increasing frequency of local requests for CEDR´s dispute resolution services, in addition to its training.
The CEDR Hong Kong Practice Group of Mediators has been created to address the growing demand for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an alternative to resolving commercial disputes in the courts. In many instances members of the Group, from a range of legal and professional dispute backgrounds, will be trilingual in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. The mediators will also join the full CEDR Solve Mediator Panel administered in London and disputes resolution users in Hong Kong will have access to the UK Mediator Practice Group, providing mediation for high value claims (averaging in excess of $12 million HK). CEDR Asia Pacific has already facilitated mediations throughout the region including in China, Singapore and Vietnam.
CEDR has long been regarded as a leading international trainer of mediators and one of the world's largest independent (Alternative Dispute Resolution) ADR providers. CEDR has already successfully mediated over 80 commercial disputes in Asia to date, many based in Hong Kong, ranging from construction to retail and finance to technology. CEDR Asia Pacific will continue to offer CEDR´s regular mediation and negotiation training courses in Hong Kong, where it has been active as a training provider for many years, accrediting over 450 mediators to date. It now also uses Hong Kong as a base for managing the cases referred for resolution.
"Having worked for so many years in Hong Kong, CEDR is delighted that its businesses, public sector and individuals can know if they are involved in disputes that they can always gain access to an independent mediator of the highest quality," said Karl Mackie CBE, CEDR Chief Executive. "CEDR's approach to quality in both its dispute resolution services and training means we have developed effective techniques for today's business disputes and we are delighted that these and our Hong Kong panel will be led locally by our Managing Director for CEDR Asia Pacific, Mr Danny McFadden."
The effectiveness of mediation has already been demonstrated in Hong Kong through a dispute resolved as part of the construction of Hong Kong International Airport over a decade ago and CEDR has been in at the ground for mediation’s take-off in Hong Kong. Dr Karl Mackie, CEDR’s CEO, worked with Eric Green from the US on training for the Hong Kong Airport project contracts, working with government officials, contractors, lawyers and engineers to help make the contract run smoothly.
In the last year CEDR has also opened new operations in Dublin to serve Ireland and in Doha to address needs in the Middle East. These openings come as response to the increasing frequency of local requests for CEDR´s dispute resolution services, in addition to its training in mediation and conflict management.
Notes to Editors:
The 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 judicial systems. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard, with over 7000 accredited Mediators worldwide.
CEDR Solve, Europe's leading commercial mediation provider, is CEDR's dispute resolution and prevention service and has managed over 17,000 dispute cases covering every industry sector and a wide-raging cross section of disputes and case values. More information is available on CEDR's websites www.cedrasiapacific.hk and www.cedr.com.
For more information please contact:
Andy Rogers email@example.com +44 2075366044 in London or Danny McFadden +852 51007131 firstname.lastname@example.org in Hong Kong.