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Neighbour disputes- They should’ve mediated!

In an astonishing waste of time and money, three magistrates, four lawyers, two firemen and an expert witness were dragged into court to resolve a row between neighbours over a lightbulb that was too bright. Lesley Simkin’s neighbour in Lytham, Lancashire...

Manchester Mediation Pilot 1 September

            Mediation Pilot launch Practitioners will be aware that the Courts encourage parties to use mediation to resolve disputes and that a refusal to mediate can result in costs sanctions. To help those involved in litigation to try...

Dating Services – don’t sue – mediate!

We sometimes deal with complaints about dating services in our capacity as a certified ADR Provider, but nothing so extreme as was recently reported: Darlene Daggett had high hopes of finding her ideal partner when she took out a “CEO level” membership...

Underhand tactics in negotiations

  It is not uncommon in mediations for one party to take the best most spacious room and consign the other party to the smallest most uncomfortable cupboard type space. Similarly, they can withhold lunch or refreshments until the other party is desperate in order...

Neighbour dispute? Mediate

Another sorry tale of a neighbour dispute which escalated out of all proportion in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4776546/The-respectable-neighbours-cost-sanity The dispute resulted in a long and expensive civil court battle. The case has...

Ministry of Justice refused to mediate!

MARSH v MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (2017) In another example of a party refusing to mediate and being penalised for doing so, this time it was the Ministry of Justice who refused! A claimant who had succeeded in his personal injury claim against the Ministry of Justice was...

Sir Rupert Jackson fixed costs proposal includes mediation

Sir Rupert Jackson has published his report into fixed recoverable costs, which was left outstanding from his 2010 report. He remains on the search for the “holy grail” of proportionate litigation costs. He has recommended the introduction of a new...

Charlie Gard – should they have mediated?

In the Charlie Gard case handed down on 24.7.17 and previously, the judge extolled the virtues of mediation in cases like this. https://lnkd.in/dGmtRaG http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/972.html “I end with this procedural note: I have already...

Employment Tribunal Fees to be Slashed

Supreme Court rules against government over employment tribunal fees The government has lost its case in the long running dispute over employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled that these fees are unlawful. In a surprise ruling the Supreme Court...