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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Trick or Treat? It’s Directory Time

Ah vanitas vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? Thackeray, Vanity Fair Autumn is upon us, the clocks have gone back, mists and mellow fruitfulness prevail. And, fittingly, on Halloween itself the legal directories, TripAdvisor for the vexatious litigant, complete their 2018 […]

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Of Team Selection And Other Trials

Mediators think they probably have the best job in the world and they do not often make a plea for sympathy. But here goes. As parties using mediation grow in confidence they have increasingly firm ideas as to how to conduct the mediation day. They are likely to have firm plans, for example, as to […]

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The Singapore Convention

Settlements reached in cross border mediation will soon be enforceable internationally just like arbitral awards when UNCITAL’s Singapore Convention, the first UN treaty named after Singapore, comes into force in August next year provided sufficient countries ratify. As a result, there is an expectation by Singaporean authorities that the city state’s most favoured status as an […]

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