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EU ADR Assembly #ADR2018

I attended the inaugural ADR Assembly in Brussels on 11/12 June 2018. It was a gathering of EU wide ADR providers and an opportunity to network and to learn how the ADR Directive has been implemented in other member states as well as Iceland and Lichtenstein. We were...

Statistics show it takes ages to get to trial

In January to March 2018, the number of County Court claims, allocations and judgments increased against the same quarter of 2017. In the last two quarters, there has been volatility in the volume of claims received following the implementation of the Pre-Action...

Mediation of wills disputes

Interesting article about impact of will disputes, which can be resolved through mediation....

Pyhrric Victory – a plague on both your houses

The Court of Appeal has criticised both parties in a flight compensation group claim for creating a situation where costs finished up ‘out of all proportion’ to the amount sought. Lord Justice Davis said Sirketi v Kupeli & Orswas a ‘melancholy tale’ in which the...

Clinical Negligence Disputes – mediation is the answer

The National Health Service pays damages in over three-quarters of medical negligence claims in which legal proceedings are issued, updated figures show. Last year damages were awarded in 3,217 out of 4,234 clinical claims where legal proceedings were launched. The...

Send Mediations

At today’s All Mediation Conference, the College of Mediators and Civil Mediation Council were pleased to announce, with the support of the Department for Education, the introduction of Standards for SEND Mediation. The Standards were created using examples of...

Online Court

The Master of the Rolls has said the government had “declined to promote” primary legislation needed to set up a single Online Court, covering civil, family and tribunal claims. Instead the separate jurisdictions would remain, but be accessed by a single digital...

Divorce – another business transaction

Entrepreneurs are aggravating the distress of divorce by treating it as “just another business deal”, lawyers have said. Husbands and wives in an estimated 5 per cent of divorces now use boardroom negotiating techniques to try and make their former spouses...

Business support for mediation

Herbert Smith Freehills has teamed up with PwC and IMI (International Mediation Institute) to identify key insights that emerge from the extensive voting data collected during the Global Pound Conference series. With a focus on the needs of corporate users of dispute...

Negotiation quote of the week

David Davis “One of the things that happens in negotiations is people try to set up deadlines, sometimes artificial deadlines, to put pressure on one element of the negotiation which they think is in their favour