In a case for rent arrears of £6,000 and other claims on both sides, the legal costs amounted to £100,000 on one side and £85,000 on the other (NJ Rickard Ltd v Holloway & ors, CA (Civ Div) 03/11/15 unreported). The word disproportionate springs to mind.
The Legal Ombudsman is currently consulting on the important issue of modifying its Scheme Rules in order to become a certified ADR entity under the ADR Directive. The consultation closes on 2nd November 2015 and it prompts questions about the provision of ADR and the role of the Legal Ombudsman. The proposals and consultation are within this link.
So says HHJ Pelling QC in Orientfield Holdings Ltd v Bird & Bird LLP  EWHC 1963 (Ch). When and on what basis an approach is made by one party to another to mediate is a judgment call. In this particular case there was an issue whether the failure to mediate may constitute a breach of the […]
Navita Atreya reflects on the information revealed concerning the number of migrants held in immigration detention and considers how mediation may address issues beyond compensation.
It’s ironic that the decision whether or not to mediate can give rise to more litigation, this time over costs where the Claimants resisted the Defendant’s desire, having won, for his costs to be paid on an indemnity basis. In (1) Jane Laporte (2) Nicholas Christian v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis EWHC 371 QB, Mr Justice […]
Often parties will agree to stay proceedings for 2 or 3 months in order for mediation to be explored. This may be at the behest of one of the parties or prompted by a judge who views the case as being suitable for mediation. Now Mr Justice Coulson in CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Intrastructure […]
Here is another judicial endorsement to those already embarked on court proceedings to refer to the ADR Handbook, to remind parties of the risk of refusing to mediate and consider the issue of costs if an offer to mediate is not taken up.
Many disputes, suitable for mediation, are over the ownership of land and use of and access to space. Boundaries which aren’t agreed, communal areas accommodating diverse interests, levels of noise between proximate buildings all trigger strong emotional responses. The people on either side of the fence – literally – perhaps disputing the height of the […]
The ways in which we choose to communicate have expanded. People used to meet to speak and physically walk into a shop to buy goods. Now the telephone means voices are heard without faces and the internet allows us to shop from wherever we are. How easy though is it to resolve a dispute after an online […]
Liz Davies illustrates how refusing to mediate is frowned upon by judges and can lead to an indemnity costs order. Yet again, party punished for refusing mediation. In Garritt-Critchley & others v Ronnan, Solarpower PV Ltd  EWHC 1774 (Ch), HHJ Waksman QC ordered indemnity costs against the Defendants because of the Defendant’s refusal to […]