Milestone Civil Justice Council Report Out for Comment

An expert working group of the Civil Justice Council has published a comprehensive interim report on the role of ADR in civil justice in England and Wales. The CJC is now seeking written submissions and recommendations of the report, ahead of organising a seminar at which the proposals can be discussed and a final report prepared […]

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In Defence of (Defensive) Mediators

Ask most mediators of a certain stripe and they will be only too willing to tell you the story of long ago when they left their law firm or maybe even chambers to become a mediator…. that giant leap of faith, that alarming drop in revenue. Some will have run away from practice only to later […]

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Brick Court in the Pacific

Brick Court mediator, Geoff Sharp, has been teaching mediation at the University of the South Pacific in the Cook Islands this week courtesy of Cook Islands Law Society, New Zealand Law Society and Massey University. The course was held at the USP campus on the island of Rarotonga in the Southern Group of 15 tiny islands […]

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John Sturrock Features In The Times

In these turbulent times, some might be interested in John’s article published in The Times newspaper yesterday…

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Sophisticated Mediation Advocacy : “Out Loud Adverse Advice”

When I am mediating I often encourage counsel ‘to be brave’. Easier said than done I know, but bravery can take many forms in mediation. From counsel backing their own advice when the easier road would be to settle – to something a little more counter intuitive and possibly risky – like strategically signaling vulnerability […]

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