ODR and ADR – Are we ready?

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 […]

Refuse mediation? Be prepared to pay

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 [2014] EWHC 1774 (Ch), HHJ Waksman QC ordered indemnity costs against the Defendants because of the Defendant’s refusal to […]

Mandatory Mediation – will it work?

Parties to most disputes are currently told that the mediation process is voluntary. And many volunteer not to explore the option further. However, the balance of voluntary participation in mediation is subtly changing. Recent government initiatives are said to be responses to the pressures on the court and tribunal system. Is this a creeping movement towards making […]

LASPO 1 year on – where’s Mediation now?

When the government sought to reduce civil legal aid expenditure by taking specific areas of law out of scope, it comforted itself that disputes could still be solved, but more cheaply, by the increased use of mediation. Since then the news has consistently reported an alarming reduction in the use of mediation, particularly family mediation. What’s going on?

David Watkinson reflects on ‘What went wrong with Mediation?’

So why is there less resort to mediation happening than might be expected, considering all the advantages? Because, as suggested by the article circulated by mediationworld this February, http://www.mediate.com/articles/GavrilaAbl20140207.cfm  these advantages are less apparent to parties to a dispute (users) than they are to mediators and courts – and for good reason. This article is […]

Mediation Takes Time – Helen Curtis marks mediation time

It seems a long time ago since I bemoaned the ending of my Italian holiday. Today, four months later, the cheque arrived! I hadn’t had the chance to meet with anyone from Trenitalia to tell them how I felt, but I was very grateful for the existence of their mediation service which enabled me to […]

PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd – The Court of Appeal decides

Most litigants now know that silence is not golden. Could the defendant in PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Limited [2013] EWCA Civ 1288 have foreseen that the price of silence would have been over £500,000?  Time will tell how many litigants appreciate the potential cost of silence has just turned platinum.

Helen Curtis applies to the Mediation Commission

Rail travel is more eco-friendly. And slower. Which is great when you’ve got time to look at the scenery and not so great when your train is so slow and delayed that you risk not getting to Rome in time to connect with the overnight sleeper to Paris. When our very late train limped into […]

Helen Curtis greets the NMPA’s phoneline with relief

Apologies for blogblock recently. Not so much an exended summer, more holding our breath to see whether the rise in LIP (litigants in person) or SRL (self represented litigants) at courts around the country or the increase in the small claims limit to £10,000 is prompting an uptake of mediation. For civil disputes it’s difficult […]