Never Give Up: Persevering in Mediation

  “If you had not held us back that evening, the deal would not have been done.”  “Thank you and I wish you well.” In this post, I return to a familiar theme for mediators and for lawyers acting for clients in mediation: perseverance. The first of the two quotations above comes from a participant […]

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Representing Small Players in Multi Party Mediations

A good piece from Don Swanson, a lawyer out of Omaha, Nebraska, on representing bit players in large multi party mediations – we’ve all been there – other parties focused on the ‘big’ issues and it’s hard to get anyone, including the mediator, to focus on your supporting actor who has lower tier, but still crucial-to-them, […]

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New Appointment for John Sturrock

News from Scotland that our colleague John Sturrock QC has been appointed by the Scottish Government to conduct a review into allegations of bullying at NHS Highland. This short life inquiry will continue alongside his mediation work in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and internationally. As well as his extensive commercial experience, John has worked at […]

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CJC ADR Working Group Final Report

The ADR working group of the Civil Justice Council has published its final report. Highlights include stopping short of recommending a ‘presumption’ that parties will agree to alternative dispute resolution as a condition for issuing proceedings (that is, no mandatory mediation) and setting up a Judicial/ADR liaison committee. The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence […]

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Mediation and Cups of Tea

“If only we’d had this conversation over a cup of tea fifteen years ago.” The client expressed frustration at the time which had passed, during which she and her opposite numbers had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in litigation. That had got them no nearer to solving the underlying problem about which a court […]

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