Civil Mediation Council
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The Civil Mediation Council is the recognised authority in the country for all matters related to civil, commercial, workplace and other non-family mediation.

This site is intended to assist members access professional information and visitors to learn about mediation, the CMC, and how to join.


Workplace Event - West Midlands 19 October 2017

Tickets available for the West Midlands Workplace Event - 19 October 2017

more details and booking here

Your Membership in 2017

As a member, you have the opportunity to shape the future direction of CMCL.

We encourage all mediation providers and practising mediators to sign up to the registration schemes and become a Registered Mediation Provider (RMP) or a CMC Registered Mediator.

The recent NHS Litigation Authority tender for mediation services awarded on 5th December 2016 required all mediators to be CMC Registered thereby demonstrating the value of Registered Mediator membership.

The Trustees of CMC are delighted to see the NHSLA's endorsement of the CMC Registration Scheme by requiring those servicing the new contract to be CMC Registered Mediators.

We expect other public bodies to follow suit especially in the light of recommendations made by Lord Justice Briggs in his Civil Courts Structure Review - Final Report published in July 2016.

Membership Costs:

For Mediation Providers: including the membership fee £600 (£500 plus VAT)

For Individual Mediators: £180 (£150 plus VAT). 

For Individual Mediators registering via a Registered Mediation Provider: £120 (£100 plus VAT).

And we are pleased to introduce a Young Professional category at £30 (£25 plus VAT) which is for those under 30 years old which they can enjoy for 2 years before transitioning to full membership.

We are confident that CMC Registered Mediation Provider and CMC Registered Mediator status will quickly be seen by mediation users as a recognised badge of approval and a mark of quality assurance when searching for a suitable mediator.

In 2017 your membership contribution will mean we can do more, faster. 

  • develop, host and maintain the web site as the first port of call for information on mediation for individuals and organisations
  • subsidise educational events for different sectors
  • subsidise the CMC Conference to make it accessible to practitioners and end users across the full spectrum of mediation
  • contribute to essential marketing and communications activities to promote mediation as the first resort.
  • producing information to support the increased use of mediation, especially Online Dispute Resolution, as part of the proposed new Civil Court Structure.

When choosing a mediator or mediation provider, make sure you chose one that is CMC Registered. You can search our membership database and verify registration. 

Links to details and forms are below and can also be found on the ‘Reference’ page of this website.

Organisation Membership and CMC Registered Mediation Provider details

Individual Membership and CMC Registered Mediator details

GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL -v- YATES and GARD [2017] EWHC 1909 (Fam) - The Hon. Mr Justice Francis

The recent case of baby Charlie Gard and his parents' fight for the right to choose to extend his life by seeking treatment abroad has been widely debated in the media. Opinions have raged on both sides of the argument, stoked by the immediacy of social media, and notably there have been distressing attacks on both the parents and those working at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

In his final decision, Mr Justice Francis makes a particular point: "However, it is my clear view that mediation should be attempted in all cases such as this one even if all that it does is achieve a greater understanding by the parties of each other’s positions."

Whilst this is specific about cases "such as this one", many experienced mediators, commercial and others, would say that there is no such thing as a failed mediation because mediation helps parties “to understand the process and the viewpoint of the other side, even if they profoundly disagree with it …” That alone is a good outcome even if settlement is not achieved on the day.

This was indeed a case for mediation and the question is why was it not mediated? If the decision not to use mediation was based on the assumption that mediation would cloak the matter in confidentiality and thereby disadvantage certain parties then it may be helpful to point out that mediation is confidential by default. However, that does not mean that it must remain confidential. It is entirely possible to issue a statement or statements about the mediation which may also include the content of the mediation if that is agreed between the parties.

The Civil Mediation Council is committed to promoting the use of mediation not only as a means of settlement but also as a means of creating better understanding of the issues and narrowing the issues in dispute.

You can find the full judgment here

The relevant paragraph is quoted here for convenience.

"[20] Fourthly, I want to mention, again, the subject of mediation. Almost all family proceedings are now subject to compulsory court led dispute resolution hearings. This applies in disputed money cases, private law children cases and in all cases involving the welfare of children who might be the subject of care proceedings. I recognise, of course, that negotiating issues such as the life or death of a child seems impossible and often will be. However, it is my clear view that mediation should be attempted in all cases such as this one even if all that it does is achieve a greater understanding by the parties of each other’s positions. Few users of the court system will be in a greater state of turmoil and grief than parents in the position that these parents have been in and anything which helps them to understand the process and the viewpoint of the other side, even if they profoundly disagree with it, would in my judgment be of benefit and I hope that some lessons can therefore be taken from this tragic case which it has been my duty to oversee."

Amanda Bucklow, Chair, Communications Committee

The CMC Annual Conference Mediation in Uncertain Times: Justice, Fairness and Responsibility was held on 16 May in Birmingham. For those of you who missed this event you can view a taster on our new YouTube channel from Catherine Anderson and Dr Sue Prince.

Dr Prince will be speaking in more detail about mandatory mediation at the CMC Academic Conference in London on 13 October 2017

Further clips will be available shortly.

Implementing Workplace Mediation Schemes

Catherine Anderson talks about the London Borough of Newham's experience of introducing an internal mediation scheme.

View on CMC's Youtube channel


Members and visitors may be interested in the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ADR which took place on 31 January 2017. This session provided an overview of public sector ADR, current trends in the sector and how these forms of ADR relate to each other and the courts.

A recording of the meeting is available on YouTube