The Costs Consequences of Refusing Mediation – Are the Courts Going Soft on Sanctions?

Introduction This month David Watkinson reflects on the case-law he has described previously in his blogs on this topic and notes that a reader could have drawn the conclusion that any proposal to mediate had better be complied with or costs consequences will follow. However, more recently, David finds the approach, particularly at High Court […]

Researching Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes

Dr Jaime Lindsey, currently Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex (soon to be Associate Professor of Law at the University of Reading) is leading this research project to enable in-depth analysis of the use of mediation to resolve medical treatment disputes. Funded by an ESRC New Investigator Grant, the core aim of […]

Mediation – the human element

Helen Curtis reflects on research into how mediation works for people who lack mental capacity. Mediation exists as a process through which the parties in dispute can engage in joint problem solving and decision-making with the aim of facilitating a resolution. In cases where the dispute concerns ‘P’, a person who lacks mental capacity to […]

Where would mandatory mediation take parties?

Margaret Doyle explores questions to be asked about the latest proposals for mediation to be mandatory in small claims in England and Wales. ‘…mediation is in the crucible of politics, economics, professional interests and ideological debate. In this context it is no surprise that it takes on many shapes, forms and value orientations.’ This quote, […]

The ‘BB3 Strategy’ Approach to a Mediated Negotiation

Author: Dr Mary Malecka A few years ago it cost me an arm and a leg to go to Boston and spend a week at Harvard law school for the program on negotiation course. Now, post-pandemic, everything is available online, and I recently had a day with William Ury and a small cohort of other […]

When Mediation Did = Dispute Resolution

In 1972 David Watkinson, while a pupil of Lord Anthony Gifford in Cloisters, met Stephen Sedley with whom Lord Anthony shared a room. Here, David considers the origin of dispute resolution and traces it back further than you may think.

Take it or leave it?

Claims for unpaid leave likely to have more takers after the decision of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers says Abigail Holt

Call for Evidence by 30 September 2021

The government is asking for people and organisations either within or outside of the court system to complete an online survey, or submit a response about dispute resolution mechanisms to, by 30 September 2021. The government’s stated ambition is to mainstream non-adversarial dispute resolution mechanisms. The findings of the Call for Evidence will be […]