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Top Tips for Joint Meetings

Parties are often anxious about joint meetings, and try to avoid them. This is completely natural. It takes some courage…

Gary Webber

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The court can order parties to mediate – so says the Court of Appeal

In the much anticipated decision of Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council the Court of Appeal has decided that…

Rupert Cohen

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The Future Direction of Mediation

All defended (Part 7) Small Claims in the County Court (those below £10,000) will soon be required to attend a…

Iain Travers

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CEDR 10th Report

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution has published its tenth report on the attitudes of civil and commercial mediators and…

Jacqui Joyce

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No solicitors?!

Parties arranging a mediation occasionally ask whether they need their solicitor present. My answer tends to be, “Strictly speaking No,…

Sue O'Brien

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Mediation for Telecoms Disputes

In July 2022 the RICS launched its scheme for ‘ADR Solutions for the Telecoms sector‘. This provides the alternatives of…

Jacqui Joyce

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The Five Stages of Grief in Mediation

Why do mediations take so long – often all day? Sometimes the outcome seems fairly predictable. A solution is reached…

Gary Webber

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Flip flop, or just a flop

Any increased use of arbitration to resolve private disputes must be something to be welcomed. There is an arbitration model…

Iain Travers

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Negotiating the Settlement Agreement

It is 6pm, and the Mediator has just informed the parties that they have reached an agreement, and asks what…

Iain Travers

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How to make your mediator happy!

In my last piece I looked at some behaviours which can both alienate your mediator and be unhelpful to your…

Sue O'Brien