In the midst of chaos there is opportunity
7th July 2020Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Especially in businesses and organisations where people have different values and opinions while working together in stressful situations. "But how can you handle conflict better?" asks Martha Clarke, experienced mediator and the Civil Mediation Council's communications officer.
In this article Martha explains how mediation can solve conflicts, mend relationships and improve productivity. She answers the sometimes intimidating questions of how, when or why to enter into a mediation: "The good news is anyone can mediate."
Features of mediation
29th June 2020Mediation is a process where an impartial mediator helps two or more people to discuss and resolve disputes. This article highlights some of the features of mediation.
An expert opinion: Time For Presumptive Virtual Mediation
26th June 2020With a surge in disputes across different professions and areas of society due to the Covid-19 crisis, UK courts are overrun with cases. Mediation can be an effective tool to resolve cases more quickly and cost-effectively than litigation. It also preserves relationships due to its reconciliatory nature.
The author of this article makes a case for Presumptive Virtual Mediation and comes to the conclusion that "Litigation by default is incapable of providing cheap, timely and accessible justice to the majority of private individuals and businesses."
"Virtual mediation comes 'just in time', rather than 'just in case' we need it."
Facts about mediation
22nd June 2020A 2018 study by CEDR shows that the commercial mediation profession saved businesses around £3 billion a year and the majority of cases were settled right on the day of mediation with an extremely high success rate. A fast, flexible and cost-effective process.
The Go-Between: resolving disputes in uncertain times
17th June 2020In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic "It is likely that increased, and more creative, use of mediation will be one of the differences." says David Owen QC. The experienced mediator and arbitrator takes a look at the crucial role mediation will play in effectively solving civil and commercial disputes after the crisis.
How Can You Mediate Without Meeting?
12th June 2020"Mediation is an extremely versatile settlement tool that can be used in a variety of different settings." says Chris Robinson who specialises on intellectual property disputes.
His practical advice applies to any case in civil or commercial mediation. During the Covid-19 crisis many conflicts arise due to unforeseen circumstances. While many court cases have come to a halt, mediation can be successfully practised remotely: "The ability to mediate remotely will allow clients to undertake this even during the Pandemic."
Inheritance disputes – how mediation can resolve and reconcile
3rd June 2020"When families are at war the opposite side becomes the devil incarnate. But the beauty of mediation is that the process can be transformative. Sometimes shattered relationships can be rebuilt." Mediator Alistair Pye at IPOS Mediation speaks about his experiences mediating in inheritance disputes.
Mediate before you litigate!
29th April 2020"Mediate before you litigate!" demands Tom Thomas ODE, the Deputy Chair of the Civil Mediation Council, in this interesting article. While many peoples the first urge might be to take their dispute to court, this often costs the disputants a lot of time, energy and productivity. They are faced with high litigation costs while the underlying issues remain unresolved.