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10 & 11 November

COLLABORATION FOR THE FUTURE

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The Event

The 2021 digital conference on the theme Collaboration for the Future was be hosted jointly by the Civil Mediation Council and the College of Mediators on the afternoons of 10 & 11 November 2021.

The event was an excellent opportunity to hear expert speakers, connect with the mediation community and exchange ideas with fellow mediators. The content was  relevant to all mediators with some sector specific options to choose from.

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Sessions & Speakers

The conference covered a variety of different topics and issues using formats that encourage interaction and discussion. To name just a few of the workshops, talks and panels:

Updates in the Mediation Landscape

Mental Health, Self-Awareness and Unconscious Bias: The Importance of Looking After Yourself

Inclusion & Exclusion in Mediation: Being an Ally and Diversifying the Profession

Cross Sector Collaboration: How We Can Work Together for the Benefit of All

Mediation & Compulsory Regulation

Plus many more sector specific options covering community, civil/commercial, family, SEND & workplace mediation.

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2021 Sessions

Conference chat sessions

Conference chat sessions

Before the ‘official’ start of each conference day, participants will have the opportunity to arrive early from 12.30 pm onwards. Just like at any event you are invited to have a cup of coffee and a (virtual) chat with the other guests.

Panel discussion - Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation

Panel discussion - Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation

This discussion hosted by Terry Renouf will present different opinions from a number of interesting panellists and give members the opportunity to voice their views on the topic.

Mediation is the future - Climate change in the human

Mediation is the future - Climate change in the human

When we talk about climate change, do we realise that the climate inside each of us plays a crucial part in how we deal with the climate outside, whether it is in our personal relations or in how we treat the planet? We regularly meet people who are in destructive conflicts, where an inner climate of suspicion, hurt and stress affects all their actions. We see this behaviour everywhere, in the news, in social media bullying or in the violent reactions to shortage in petrol stations that have happened recently.

But there is a different way of understanding and dealing with conflict. As mediators, we know it, in that we try to create a space where a better climate is possible. This way involves the building of inner values and standards that promote a climate of greater trust, collaboration and kindness. If mediation skills and mindsets were compulsory subjects in school, we would treat each other and the planet very differently. We usually talk about the future of mediation, but can we talk instead about mediation being the future?

In this interactive workshop, we will explore: how humans are hardwired to cooperate; how polarisation inflames the human climate; how kindness is the opposite of stress; and effects and changes in neurophysiology. We will discuss examples of how we can put this into practice; by using reflection and reflexivity to change the climate in ourselves and in the space we offer our mediation participants; by collaborating to create new training that can reach more people, with the example of a new course using a combination of family and community learning (‘Mediation for Family Workers’).

A mediation users’ perspective

A mediation users’ perspective

Commercial mediator Bill Marsh is hosting this panel focussing on the recipients of mediation across different sectors. Join him and the panellists for an engaging discussion.

With Bill Marsh, Susan Dunn and Reverend Andrew Corsie.

Mental Health, Self-Awareness and Unconscious Bias

Mental Health, Self-Awareness and Unconscious Bias: the importance of looking after yourself

Mia Forbes Pirie and Arabella Tresilian provide tools and discuss the practical importance of mediators taking the time to prioritise their own mental health, becoming more self-aware of their unconscious bias.

International Co-operation: The Singapore Convention

International Co-operation: The Singapore Convention

Rahim Shamji reflects on the effects of the Singapore Convention on the mediation landscape, taking a close look at the post-Brexit developments.

SEND Mediations: Setting Out Your Stall

SEND Mediations: Setting Out Your Stall

This session is for SEND mediators who would value time for reflecting, with colleagues, on the frames through which we view our mediations. Kay will introduce some ideas for looking at the SEND mediation process in a particular way.  With reference to basic Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) concepts, she will open up discussion of how certain approaches can design-in more successful outcomes for all participants.

It is a participative session and before joining, colleagues are asked to think about one optimistic thing they could say about mediation to a parent, however small, with absolute conviction of its truth – and put that, with their name, in the chat on joining the session.

Changing families, changing practice

Changing families, changing practice

The aim of the presentation is to reflect on the challenges that mediators face in dealing with both diversity, and digitalisation. It is argued that embracing intersectionality within current mediation practices would contribute to address those challenges.

This meeting, adopting an interactive approach, will contribute to the development of awareness and knowledge about these concerns in order to make mediation more inclusive. The format of the meeting is interactive, and therefore, if participants are interested in specific aspects, please feel free to email questions to Dr Moscati before the event at: m.f.moscati@sussex.ac.uk

Subject matter expertise in commercial mediation

Subject matter expertise in commercial mediation

Commercial mediator Suzanne Rab gives a nuanced perspective on the need for subject matter expertise in mediation. When will it make a difference and when do other skills matter more?

Cross sector collaboration: How we can work together for the benefit of all

Cross sector collaboration: How we can work together for the benefit of all

The College of Mediator’s chair Jan Coulton and the CMC’s CEO Paul Adams discuss improving the quality of life and work for mediators and mediation users in this interactive session, inviting the members to share their opinions and ideas.

Workplace Mediation: Making a Virtue of the Virtual

Workplace Mediation: Making a Virtue of the Virtual

Join seasoned workplace mediators Gillian Caroe and Liz Rivers to reflect on the opportunities and challenges in the workplace mediation landscape with the increasing use of online platforms.  Gillian and Liz will share their experiences and observations and invite participants to share their learnings too.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation - Being an ally & diversifying the profession

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation - Being an ally & diversifying the profession

This exciting workshop hosted by Isabel Philips invites different voices within the mediation sector to discuss diversity in the profession.

How can we work together to make mediation more inclusive for both mediators and clients?

Session hosted by Isabel Phillips with speakers Mercy Okiro, Roger Levitt, Dr Zaza Johnson Elsheikh, Ehsan AlI and Prof Katerina Yiannibas.

Mediation: Reacting to the problems of the past or creating templates for the future?

Mediation: Reacting to the problems of the past or creating templates for the future?

In this interactive session Tony Kearney will be challenging perceptions about what we actually think Mediation is going forward into the future and what the heck we think we are doing as Mediators. Why for example have we allowed Mediation to be called Alternative Dispute Resolution? Who dumbed it down to that? Alternative to what exactly? Is it really that singular, narrow, cold and backward looking? Is it becoming a bureaucratic and semi legal process than isn’t even that Alternative anyway. No wonder you possibly suffer from Imposter Syndrome and your Mediation style has maybe become either suit or straightjacket inclined!

By shifting the focus and emphasis away from the problems of the past and on outcomes and results towards building and restoring the relationship in a more holistic, integrated, throughout and future focused respectful way, perhaps the parties can then see their interests, needs, options and choices in a better light? It might also help release you from your perceived “role” as Mediator that imprisons you as much as them and thereby sets you free!

Updates in the mediation landscape

Updates in the mediation landscape

A global pandemic, online mediation, the recent MoJ report or growing support from the public – host Rebecca Clark and her guests discuss the recent developments in the mediation sector and invite everyone to share their observations.

What can you do to make a difference? Sign the Green Mediation Pledge

What can you do to make a difference? Sign the Green Mediation Pledge

Jonathan Lloyd Jones will introduce the Green Mediation Pledge and share easy steps to make mediations more environmentally friendly, giving everyone the opportunity to do their part.

What can you do to make a difference? Support Peer Mediation

What can you do to make a difference? Support Peer Mediation

Join Ellis Brooks from the Peer Mediation Network to learn more about student mediators in schools and how professional mediators can make a difference by becoming involved.

Introduction to compassionate communication

Introduction to compassionate communication

Julie Farrell and Laura Kirkpatrick give an introduction to compassionate communication, explaining how to master it and have breakthrough conversations across party lines.

Bringing commercial and community mediation together

Bringing commercial and community mediation together

Stephen Ruttle QC and Victoria Harris talk with talk Mia Forbes Pirie about how innovative programs encouraging commercial mediators to volunteer while the proceeds will finance community mediations.

Master of the Rolls Sir Geoffrey Vos

The Keynote

The key note address will be given by by the Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls who has taken a strong stance for mediation. “ADR should no longer be viewed as ‘alternative’ but as an integral part of the dispute resolution process” Sir Vos said earlier this year.

2021 Speakers

Arabella Tresilian

Arabella Tresilian

Arabella Tresilian is a CEDR-accredited mediator, and a conflict resolution trainer, specialising in facilitating dispute resolution and employee wellbeing in the public sector. She has twenty years’ experience as a management consultant, leader and educator, and recently set up the School of Dialogue to teach conflict resolution skills. Arabella mediates independently and on behalf of the Medical Mediation Foundation, Resolve West and other panels where she specialises in lending her ‘expertise by experience’ in the fields of mental health and neurodiversity.  Arabella’s 70+ case history since 2016 include mediations in the fields of Judicial Review, Court of Protection, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Local Government, workplace, employment, community and public sector dispute resolution.

Mental Health, Self-Awareness and Unconscious Bias: the importance of looking after yourself • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Bill Marsh

Bill Marsh 2

Bill is one of the UK’s most experienced commercial mediators. Involved full-time in mediation since 1991, and independently rated by Chambers Directory as “…one of the greats…”, he has successfully mediated a wide cross-section of commercial disputes. This has included more recently many mediations conducted online. International recognition has led Bill to being awarded Mediator of the Year 2019 by the international directory Who’s Who Legal. Operating both in the UK and internationally, his mediation practice has included disputes and parties from numerous countries. Parties have included individuals, private companies and firms, public companies, public bodies/authorities, and national governments. His mediations cover a broad cross-section of commercial disputes, and range from relatively modest to multi-billion pound in value.

A mediation users’ perspective • Wednesday, 1.55pm – 2.30pm

Dr Maria Moscati

Maria Moscati

Maria is an Italian advocate and trained mediator. She holds a PhD from SOAS University of London. Before undertaking her doctorate she worked for Save the Children Italy where she specialised in children’s rights. She is co-director of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health at University of Sussex and co-editor of the journal Mediation, Theory and Practice. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her main research interests lie in issues relating to Dispute Resolution, Access to Justice, Comparative Family Law, Children’s rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Sexual Reproductive Health and Justice and their intersection.

Changing families, changing practice • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Dr Zaza Johnson Elsheikh

Dr Zaza Johnson Elsheikh

Zaza is dually qualified as a medical doctor and solicitor (1994 and 2004 respectively) as well as being a highly innovative and experienced mediator and International Commercial Arbitrator (CIArb). www.cmds.org.uk She has a mixed cultural (Afro-Arab/Caribbean) background with (Baptist-Muslim) parentage. This heritage and her professional experience have enabled her to effortlessly build a rapport within and between groups with diverse socio-economic and political backgrounds. She is an active pluralist, strongly evidenced by her founding the charity: BIMA a multi-faith association of Mediators and Arbitrators www.bimagroup.org which is a CMC accredited training provider.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Ehsan A. Ali

Ehsan Ali

Ehsan A. Ali is a practicing New York lawyer, arbitrator, dispute resolution specialist, and certified mediator. He resides in New York City and mediates with Venn Mediation and the New York Peace Institute. He spent his early years in rural Pennsylvania, where he began to learn the art of reasoned disagreement. He attained his B.A. from American University in Communications, Law, Economics, Government and Philosophy, and went on to earn his J.D. from Columbia University as a Stone Scholar.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Ewan Malcolm

Ewan Malcolm

Ewan Malcolm has been Chief Executive of Relate in London North West, Hertfordshire, Mid Thames & Buckinghamshire since 2013. Previously, Ewan practiced as a solicitor and as a mediator. In 2002 he established the umbrella organisation Scottish Mediation in Edinburgh and was its Executive Director until 2009. From 2010-13 he lived in New York City where he ran the Manhattan Civil Court mediation service. Ewan first trained as a commercial mediator in 1995 and subsequently trained in family, community & SEN medaition. He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution & Mediation, has served as the Chair of the College of Mediators and was on the Board of the Family Mediation Council. Ewan was named Mediator of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2008 and received the 2018 National Mediation Unsung Hero Award.

Conference Co-host

Henrietta Jackson-Stops

Henrietta Jackson-Stops 2

Henrietta Jackson-Stops is a Partner at IPOS Mediation and mediates a wide range of civil and commercial disputes alongside her role in running and managing IPOS.  Henrietta has a particular interest in disputes involving family businesses, trusts and relationships and those with a public law element.  Henrietta’s career began as a litigator at Allen & Overy, advising clients in both litigation and international arbitration.  She subsequently gained an LLM in Public International Law before continuing her career at the Government Legal Department. She became a full-time mediator in 2016. IPOS (represented by Henrietta) is a registered mediation provider director of the Civil Mediation Council.

Updates in the mediation landscape • Wednesday, 1.10pm – 1.45pm

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones

Jonathan is full time British commercial mediator. He qualified as a mediator in 1991 His mediation practice covers a wide variety of areas but in particular he has considerable knowledge of professional negligence disputes and those involving insurance claims. He has lectured on mediation in the USA, South Africa, India and Estonia as well as in the UK. He is currently Treasurer of the International Academy of Mediators.

Prior to becoming a full time mediator, Jonathan practiced as a solicitor in England. He was chairman of his law firm for 13 years. Additionally he represented the firm all over the world as part of its international network.

What can you do to make a difference? Sign the Green Mediation Pledge • Thursday, 3.35pm – 3.50pm

Julie Farrell

Julie Farrell

Julie Farrell is a mediator, professional practice consultant (mediator supervisor), conflict coach, restorative justice practitioner and has been mediating for over 15 years. She is registered with both the Civil Mediation Council and the College of Mediators. She has undertaken training in interpersonal, workplace, civil and commercial, SEND and family mediation. Her main area of practice is delivering mediation and conflict coaching within the community and workplace and supporting mediator practice through supervision. She also coordinates the North West Mediator Network with her business partner Laura Kirkpatrick.

Introduction to compassionate communication • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Justine Osmotherley

Justine Osmotherley

Justine has been a specialist matrimonial solicitor for over 24 years and heads the Private Client Services team at Clarion. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist, her areas of specialism being complex financial provision and domestic violence. Justine is a trained collaborative family lawyer and is committed to finding the best outcomes for her clients. Justine has clients locally; nationally and internationally, and is ranked as one of the best family law practitioners in Leeds by Chambers, Legal500 & Spears500 guides.

A mediation users’ perspective • Wednesday, 1.55pm – 2.30pm

Kay Day

Kay Day

I am a full-time SEND mediator working an average of 100 SEND cases a year. I run the SEND-MED-HUB which is a place for SEND mediators to learn, share, and support each other. I practised as a Family Mediation Council accredited family mediator for 20-years – and a Professional Practice Consultant for half of that time – before converting to full-time SEND mediating in 2019. I am a non-lawyer mediator with a background in counselling, training and elective-home-education and have a particular interest in the value of co-production.

Framing SEND Mediations • Thursday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Laura Kirkpatrick

Laura Kirkpatrick 2

Laura Kirkpatrick has been mediating for just over 20 years and works as a mediator, professional practice consultant, conflict coach, restorative justice practitioner and trainer. She is registered with both the Civil Mediation Council and the College of Mediators and is trained as an interpersonal, workplace, civil / commercial and SEND mediator. Her main area of practice is delivering mediation and conflict coaching within the community and workplace and developing skills based training within Solution Talk. She also coordinates the North West Mediation Network with her business partner Julie Farrell, as well as the Midlands Mediation Network and North East Mediation Network.

Introduction to compassionate communication • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Lauren McGuirl

Lauren McGuirl

Lauren McGuirl joined CEDR in July 2019 as the Director of Commercial Disputes.  Lauren is responsible for the strategic leadership of the commercial disputes practice at CEDR.  Lauren actively develops mediation schemes and client tailored alternative dispute resolution solutions.  Lauren also oversees the hundreds of mediations conducted by CEDR each year by its domestic and global panel of top quality mediators.

Panel discussion – ‘Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation’ • Thursday, 4.00pm – 4.45pm

Martha Monday

Martha Monday

Martha began mediating in 1998. She practised simultaneously as a barrister for 16 years before resigning from the Bar to concentrate upon her mediation practice, preferring this investigative, empowering, non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution. She originally joined Global Mediation as a panel mediator in 1999; she became the first of their in-house mediators in 2016 and, since 2020, has taken on the role of Operations Director. Martha is an accredited SEND Mediator and a member of the CMC/CoMs’ assessors panel, monitoring and reviewing standards in SEND mediation nationally. She is also qualified to conduct Family and Workplace mediations.

Panel discussion – ‘Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation’ • Thursday, 4.00pm – 4.45pm

Mercy Okiro

Mercy Okiro

Mercy Okiro is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, trained Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator and Construction Adjudicator, and an active mediator. She is an Accredited Tutor and Assessor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) and the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA). Mercy holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi and is currently writing her dissertation for the award of a Master of Laws degree with Queen Mary University of London. Mercy holds a number of posts including Vice Chairperson of the KEPSA Gender Sector Board and as a member of the Council of the Association of Young Arbitrators, and serves as an Ambassador for the Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution, Arbitrator Intelligence and Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL). Mercy has published articles on sports law, procurement law, legal audits and compliance, gender and youth empowerment, mediation and arbitration regularly and has spoken in numerous conferences regionally and internationally on these areas.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Mia Forbes Pirie

Mia Forbes Pirie

Mia Forbes Pirie helps people to have the difficult conversations that divide us. A commercial and workplace mediator, she also volunteers as a community mediator. Since leaving her career as a City solicitor in 2007, Mia has mediated and facilitated for clients including the Church of England, the Government of Mongolia, G7 France, the European Commission, NGOs and large corporations. The subjects she has dealt with include space, chemicals, oil and gas, sustainability, refugees, gay marriage, religion, competition law and property law. She has recently been appointed to the Board of the Civil Mediation Council and is UK Independent Mediator of the Year 2021 (Corporate International).

Conference Co-host

Mental Health, Self-Awareness and Unconscious Bias: the importance of looking after yourself • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Bringing commercial and community mediation together • Thursday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Oliver Way

Oliver Way

Responsible for the management of a portfolio of cases with a particular focus on actions in Australia, Brazil, Canada and offshore jurisdictions, Oliver has developed significant experience in large scale dispute resolution for leading law firms and in-house with major corporates.
Oliver has worked at Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith Freehills as well as in-house through secondments to several FTSE 100 companies including Vodafone. Oliver holds a BSc (first class) in Management Sciences from the University of Southampton.

A mediation users’ perspective • Wednesday, 1.55pm – 2.30pm

Dr Paulette Morris

Paulette Morris 2

Dr Paulette Morris is a Family Justice Practitioner and Academic and a Professional Practice Consultant (supervise mediators). She has been mediating for eighteen years and is trained to facilitate community, intergenerational, family, and workplace mediation. She is Family Mediation Council (FMC)  Accredited Mediator, FMC Mediation Voucher Scheme Working Party Member, and a FMC LAA Working Party Member.

Updates in the mediation landscape • Wednesday, 1.10pm – 1.45pm

Katerina Yiannibas

Katerina Yiannibas

Katerina Yiannibas is an associate professor of international law and business at the University of Deusto in San Sebastian, Spain and a Lecturer in law at Columbia Law School in New York, USA. International conflict resolution is her main area of professional and academic interest. Since 2013, Katerina has directed a number of European Union projects on access to justice and public participation. Her career experience encompasses work in government, NGOs, and education around the world. Yiannibas received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology and French. She is a certified mediator by the New York Peace Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Prof Stephen Mayson

Stephen Mayson

Professor Stephen Mayson was called to the Bar in 1977 by Lincoln’s Inn, of which he is now a Bencher and chairman of its Regulatory Panel.  As well as more than 30 years’ experience of advising law firms of all sizes around the world on matters of strategy, ownership and finance, Stephen has also served as a non-executive director and chairman of a number of law firms and law-related businesses (including three ‘alternative business structures’).  In July 2018, Stephen began an independent review of legal services regulation in England & Wales.  The final report and recommendations were submitted to the Lord Chancellor and published in June 2020.

Panel discussion – ‘Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation’ • Thursday, 4.00pm – 4.45pm

Suzanne Rab

Suzanne Rab

Professor Suzanne Rab is a barrister at Serle Court.  She is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Suzanne’s core area of practice is regulatory, EU and competition and trade law where she has represented businesses, public authorities and NGOs for over 20 years.  She has particular expertise in the communications, energy, financial services, healthcare/ pharmaceuticals, TMT and other regulated sectors. Suzanne will work with the parties and their advisors to design a process that will facilitate resolution of their dispute. Where desired by the parties, she can deploy more evaluative approaches including through Early Neutral Evaluation. Suzanne enjoys the flexibility to act as a lead-mediator or subject-matter expert co-mediator in cases which can benefit from her specialist competition law, regulatory and economics expertise.

Subject matter expertise in commercial mediation • Wednesday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Roger Levitt

Roger Levitt

Roger is ranked as a Leading Mediator by Legal 500 2020, having conducted over 130 commercial and property mediations, both online and face to face. He is a Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council, and a member of its Board and Registration & Standards Committee. He is on the CIArb Panel of Senior Commercial and Civil Mediators. He is a member of The IMI (International Mediation Institute) RICS/PLA Panel of Boundary Dispute Mediators, Co-author of the RICS Mediation Guide (1st Edition, January 2015). The Academy of Experts (former Council Member and Accredited Mediator) ADRg Panel member, The Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (Advisory Board), Clerksroom, The Property Litigation Association, The Association of Partnership Practitioners, The Law Society. Member of Consensum Mediation, ADR- ODR Panel Member, BIMA Founding member / Trustee (Belief in Mediation and Arbitration) a multi faith mediation group. Mediation in Scotland. Assessments for training courses. Roger provides mentoring services to newly qualified mediators Property Solicitor – Roger qualified in 1984 and is a solicitor (since 2018, Non-Practising). He has extensive experience in all types of commercial and residential work.

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Sir Geoffrey Vos

Master of the Rolls Sir Geoffrey Vos

Sir Geoffrey Vos was educated at University College School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1977, and took silk (QC) in 1993. He was appointed as a Justice of the High Court assigned to the Chancery Division in October 2009. Between 2005–2009 he was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009. He sat as a Deputy High Court Judge from 1999 until 2009. He was the Chairman of the Bar Council in 2007. He became President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary in January 2015. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and became Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales on 24 October 2016 and took up his current position as Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice on 1 January 2021.

Keynote address • Wednesday, 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Reverend Andrew Corsie

Andrew Corsie

Involvement in conflict mediation for over 35 years. Awareness dawned when, as a young youth club leader in urban west London, I placed myself in the way of a young man who was being attacked by four others. I placed myself in such a way that I took many of the blows that were aimed at the individual. Formalised when I began Social Work, working in the Criminal Justice System. Later called Restorative Justice, and saw the potential for mediating between different parties, bringing healing and reconciliation. Over the past 25 years, focused more on church and community conflict. Ordained in 1993 I have worked within the diocese for reconciliation to be promoted. Recently, we have organised this scheme, to promote not only the work of reconciliation between Christians, but also as a service to this city and beyond. Lately, we have partnered with a charity in the Middle East working for reconciliation. We aim for this to be a real partnership where we learn from each other.

A mediation users’ perspective • Wednesday, 1.55pm – 2.30pm

Rahim Shamji

Rahim Shamji 2

Rahim have been mediating since 2005 and has a wide civil/commercial practice, undertaking over 500 cases in that time. Rahim regularly undertakes complex multi- disciplinary and multi-party cases and has a keen interest in the cross-cultural issues that can often become a barrier to settlement. Rahim is the Founder and CEO of ADR ODR International and a barrister with Hardwicke Chambers.

International Co-operation: Singapore Convention • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Sir David Foskett

Sir David Foskett 2

Sir David became Chair of the CMC in June 2019 following his retirement as a High Court judge, and is a dispute resolution practitioner, practising out of 39 Essex Chambers. Sir David is the author of Foskett on Compromise, first published in 1980, acted as a mediator before his appointment as a judge, and actively supported the process during his judicial career.

Introduction to keynote address • Wednesday, 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark

Appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Civil Mediation Council from May 2021, Rebecca is passionate about the process and benefits of mediation, regularly speaking at conferences and giving training with a particular focus on the psychology of mediation and negotiation. Described as “superb”, “outstanding” and “a credit to her profession”, Rebecca is an accomplished and highly effective mediator and has worked as a full mediator with IPOS since 2016.

Updates in the mediation landscape • Wednesday, 1.10pm – 1.45pm

Tony Kearney

Tony Kearney

Tony grew up in New Zealand where he trained as a solicitor. He then worked as a solicitor in London for nearly 25 years before moving to Ireland in 2006 to further his passion around building sustainable relationships into the future. This includes planting a forest on the farm where he now lives and acting as a Mediator in a wide range of matters and a Restorative Justice Practitioner and trainer. Tony is also an experienced facilitator and runs many training and other events and is the author of five books.

Mediation: REACTING to the problems of the past or CREATING Templates for the Future? • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Terry Renouf

Terry Renouf

Terry Renouf was both Managing and subsequently Senior Partner of a leading dispute resolution practice.  He was recognised as a “Senior Statesman” by Chambers and Partners. He left in 2018 to become a full time commercial mediator. In addition to direct instructions Terry is a CEDR Panel Mediator. As well as High Court matters his mediation practice includes assisting on a number of Mediation Schemes including the Central London County Court Scheme and that for NHS Resolution. Terry is the  Civil Mediation Council Finance Director and a Trustee of the Education and Training Trust of the Chartered Institute of Insurers.

Panel discussion – ‘Mediation should be subject to compulsory regulation’ • Thursday, 4.00pm – 4.45pm

Stephen Ruttle

Stephen Ruttle QC

Stephen Ruttle QC has been in practice at Brick Court Chambers since 1978. He stopped practising as a barrister and QC in 2002 and since then has worked full time as a commercial mediator. By January 2019 he had mediated nearly 1500 cases of nearly every legal type from both public and private sectors. For many years he has been rated as one of the leading mediators in the UK. In 2017 he featured in a new list, Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders: Mediation” as one of only five in Europe and 16 in the world. In 2020 Legal 500 included Stephen in its Mediator Hall of Fame which recognises individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence over many years. Stephen is also the founder director and chair of Wandsworth Mediation Service and is active as a mediator of community and faith-based disputes.

Bringing commercial and community mediation together • Thursday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Ellis Brooks

Ellis Brooks

Ellis is the Peace Education Coordinator for Quakers in Britain, working so everyone can be a peacemaker. Ellis has worked as a teacher and as a trainer with Peacemakers and CRESST, which has involved the training of hundreds of peer mediators and school staff. He also facilitates the Peer Mediation Network and the Peer Mediation Development Working Group with the Civil Mediation Council, bringing together dozens of educators and training organisations equipping children and young people with the skills to be respond to conflict. Having worked with nonviolent activists in Palestine and Afghanistan, Ellis is also keen to link mediation skills with global peacemaking.

What can you do to make a difference? Become involved in Peer Mediation • Thursday, 3.35pm – 3.50pm

Liz Rivers

Liz Rivers

Liz Rivers has been a mediator for nearly 30 years and specialises in workplace mediation. Formerly a commercial lawyer with global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, in 1992 she became the first woman in the UK to become a CEDR accredited mediator. She is a lead trainer for CEDR, teaching mediation skills around the world. She is also a panel member of IPOS Mediate and is recommended by The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  She has given evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Equality on the use of mediation to resolve sexual harassment disputes in the workplace and she is an accredited coach.

Workplace Mediation: Making a Virtue of the Virtual • Thursday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Gillian Caroe

Gillian Caroe

Before becoming a full-time mediator in 2004, Gillian had a successful career in international business with one of the world’s top companies. She has facilitated positive outcomes across hundreds of conflict situations from workplace disputes to multi-million international claims. Gillian has extensive experience in conducting successful online mediations and has delivered CEDR’s podcast series on the subject. She is a CEDR Chambers Mediator, a Lead Trainer on CEDR’s Faculty and an accredited coach.  She is ranked in both Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500 Directories. Gillian has been awarded Fellowship status by the CMC (Commercial and Employment & Workplace).

Workplace Mediation: Making a Virtue of the Virtual • Thursday, 2.40pm – 3.25pm

Dr Isabel Phillips

Isabel Phillips

Inclusion & exclusion in Mediation – Being an ally & diversifying the profession • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm

Paul Adams

Paul round

Cross sector collaboration: How we can work together for the benefit of all • Wednesday, 1.10pm – 2.30 pm

Jan Coulton

Jan Coulton

Cross sector collaboration: How we can work together for the benefit of all • Thursday, 1.10pm – 2.30 pm

Sara Hagel

Sara Hagel

What can you do to make a difference? Become involved in Peer Mediation • Thursday, 3.35pm – 3.50pm

Claire Jackson

Claire Jackson

What can you do to make a difference? Become involved in Peer Mediation • Thursday, 3.35pm – 3.50pm

Dr Macarena Mata

Macarena Mata

Mediation is the future – Climate change in the human • Wednesday, 3.35pm – 4.20pm