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Avoiding Conflict

At the moment conflict is institutionalised in the divorce process. This means that in order to get a divorce couples have to raise issues of unreasonable conduct, adultery or have lived apart for 5 years. This automatically turns the process away from a conscious...

Small Business Commissioner will have teeth!

The new Small Business Commissioner will have powers to determine complaints between small businesses and larger ones and to name and shame. Complaints will have to be made within 12 months. There is nothing to stop third parties acting for small businesses to help...

Got a grievance in the workplace?

Sometimes, a confrontational approach to workplace disputes does not achieve the best outcome. It was standing-room only at the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) (of which ProMediate is a board member) workplace mediation conference – “Save Time, Save Money, Save Stress:...

Employment Disputes – conciliation on the rise

Controversial charges imposed on employment claims have succeeded in shifting actions away from tribunals and into conciliation. In a review the Ministry of Justice said that the imposition of fees in 2013 had “broadly met its objectives”. Sir Oliver...