Grenfell Tower Fire: Lord Neuberger to Mediate in Litigation Process
BY ROBERT BOOTH
David Neuberger, former president of the supreme court, has agreed to mediate between the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster and the organisations accused of being responsible. A separate expert mediator is also working with some of the victims to achieve restorative justice as part of the dispute resolution process.
Former supreme court president takes role as victims press claims against council and cladding maker.
David Neuberger, the former president of the supreme court, has agreed to mediate between the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster and the organisations accused of responsibility as part of a civil litigation process set to conclude next spring.
The 74-year-old judge has taken the key role as more than 1,100 members of the Grenfell community, estates of the 72 people who died as a result of the 14 June tower fire, and emergency responders all press claims against defendants ranging from the landlord, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, to Arconic, the cladding manufacturer. The actions could result in multimillion-pound payouts, admissions of responsibility and other remedies.
A separate expert mediator who worked on South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission is also working with some of the victims to achieve “restorative justice” as part of the dispute resolution process that aims to avoid a civil trial.