Abigail Holt considers the potential of the Civil Justice Council’s report, ‘Compulsory ADR‘ which says ‘ADR can no longer be treated as external, separate, or indeed alternative to the court process’.
In this blog, Marina Sergides continues her thoughts on the housing mediation pilot.
Helen Curtis explores the circumstances when the Legal Aid Agency (‘LAA’) will fund mediation in civil cases.
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.
‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kate Aubrey-Johnson considers the recent case of L Kumar v LB of Hillingdon  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 […]
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 […]
“To remain in conflict with another defies rational scrutiny; to continue in a commercial dispute resists economic analysis” (Strasser and Randolph). Abigail Holt considers the extent to which human beings are – as The Times journalist, Caitlin Moran has suggested – “a problem-solving species”. If you were a problem-solving human looking to devise a public system to solve […]