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 Disputeresolution.enquiries.evidence@justice.gov.uk, 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 […]

It can pay to mediate

Helen Curtis explores the circumstances when the Legal Aid Agency (‘LAA’) will fund mediation in civil cases.

Confidentiality/Mediation and the Courts……something lingering

Introduction David Watkinson considers recent developments concerning two issues on which he has previously blogged. First, the Court of Appeal’s decision in Berkeley Square holdings Ltd v Lancer Property Management Ltd and second, the ongoing debate about the value of mediation being made mandatory.

Mediation Pilots – where will they land?

‘When you go to the airport to fly off for your holiday, do you insist on flying the plane?’. This question was recently posed in a different context but prompted me to think about the current mediation pilots, what is driving them and where will they land. The Oil & Gas Authority (‘OGA’) pilot scheme aims […]

THE HOUSING MEDIATION PILOT

Marina Sergides examines the constraints within which a new mediation pilot will operate. Mediation has a role to play in almost every area of law and can be of great benefit to all parties involved; this includes the field of housing. The housing mediation pilot, introduced on 1 February 2021 to ease the possession claims […]

Disputes with an international dimension

Mediation: When the law encourages litigants to take the law into their own hands! By Abigail Holt We all intuitively understand the laws of nature, sod‘s law and the law of the jungle, but the reason that lawyers, judges and the complex, expensive infrastructure that accompanies them exists, is that individuals, organisations, companies, and even […]

The Balance of Power – the right to a lawyer at mediation

Kate Aubrey-Johnson considers the recent case of L Kumar v LB of Hillingdon [2020] EWHC 3326 (Admin) and its implications for SEND mediation in which Mrs Justice Collins Rice said, ‘Local authorities have huge powers over the lives of families with children who have special needs, making decisions with potentially lifelong consequences. Where parents are […]

Generalist or specialist Mediator? By Dr Mary Malecka

It is harder to be a facilitative mediator when one has specialist knowledge in the field.  It is harder to stand back and divest oneself of that specialist knowledge and listen to what is being said without filtering it through one’s own knowledge and views of the subject of the mediation. Evaluative mediation, adjudication, and […]