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Mediators’ Neutrality

Mediators are described as independent, impartial and neutral. What does this mean?  Advertisements

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2013/1288.html) have foreseen that the price of silence would have been over £500,000?  Time will … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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