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Online Claims System goes live!

Quicker way to resolve claim disputes launched online The new service, introduced by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), can be used to start a claim against anyone in England and Wales, and provides a quicker, more user-friendly way to start an action in the...

Peter Causton appointed to Sport Resolutions Mediation Panel

Our chief mediator, Peter Causton, has been appointed to the Sport Resolutions Mediator panel. Sport Resolutions say that they are: “an independent, not-for-profit, dispute resolution service for sport based in the United Kingdom. We were established by the main...

Education Claims Part 2 – Disappointed Students

  Hard on the heels of the case we previously reported on is another case concerning a disappointed student. A solicitor who failed to convince a court that poor teaching at the University of Oxford cost him a successful legal career has been ordered to pay up to...

Relationships – the triumph of hope over experience – prenups

It is reported that Prince Harry has decided not to enter into a prenup with Meghan Markel, despite the disparity between the them in terms of their wealth. Prince Harry has reportedly over £30m and Ms Markel has £4m in assets. No doubt Prince Harry does not wish to...

Court disapproval for refusal to mediate

Whenever a dispute arises and it looks like court proceedings might be on the horizon, the best advice that a legal adviser can give to a party or potential party is, almost always, to explore all alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options before going to court and...

Should’ve mediated! Neighbours at war!

We often get asked to mediate between neighbours. Legal cases can be expensive as illustated by the following case: A banker who sued her upstairs neighbours over the ‘intolerable’ noise of their young family on wooden floors has won more than £100,000 in...

Civil Justice Council ADR workshop

I was privileged to attend and speak at the Civil Justice Council’s ADR Workshop today. All the key people involved in mediation and civil justice were there to discuss the CJC’s interim report on ADR in the Civil Justice system. This included representatives from the...