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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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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