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How Assertiveness can Prevent Arguments

How Assertiveness can Prevent Arguments   BY EMMA JENKINGS Are you assertive in conversations? Mediator Emma Jenkings from Mosaic Mediation examines how assertiveness often gets a negative reputation but can actually prevent arguments. What skills

Are you ready for LIDW 2022?

Are you ready for LIDW 2022?   LONDON INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES WEEK 2022 London International Disputes Week 2022 begins today with a week full of exciting panels and sessions. The annual event is an opportunity for

Solving Conflict Among Peers

Solving Conflict Among Peers   Peer Mediators are children who help other students address challenging issues including name-calling, bullying and fights. This video shows a school that has been rated as ‘outstanding for behaviour and

Getting Along With Your Neighbour?

Getting Along With Your Neighbour?   BY ALEX CANDLIN According to the Westmorland Gazette a recent survey revealed that 60% of UK adults have had a dispute with a neighbour that left them feeling negatively

Breaking The Taboo About Grief

Breaking The Taboo About Grief   BY TRACEY TAYLOR-HUCKFIELD "As a society we still have a long way to go when it comes to feeling comfortable talking about and supporting each other through grief." says

The Better Conflicts Audio Experience

The Better Conflicts Audio Experience   Have you listened to CEDR's podcast The Better Conflicts Audio Experience? Listen to their series Ask a Negotiator with former hostage and crisis negotiator Philip Williams or join workplace

Peacemaking and Mediation

Peacemaking and Mediation   BY SUSANNE SCHULER "When we look at the purpose of both peacemaking and mediation, we can see that they aim for similar outcomes" says intercultural mediator Susanne Schuler. She asks how

Should You Care if It’s Fair?

Should You Care if It's Fair?   BY GARY WEBBER Using the example of two brothers at a mediation Gary Webber examines our inherent sense of fairness. "It is a basic human need." he says.

Managing Relationship Risk on Projects

Managing Relationship Risk on Projects   BY DR ANDRZEJ GROSSMAN "We are dangerously biased towards optimism in plans, projects and estimates" says Dr Andrzej Grossman from CEDR. He believes we often underestimating time, costs and

Huge costs in 17-inch boundary dispute

Huge costs in 17-inch boundary dispute   BY NEIL ROSE "Judge bemoans huge costs of 17-inch boundary dispute" headlines Legal Futures in their recent article. The judge said it was beyond his comprehension how the
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Are you avoiding conflict?

Are you avoiding conflict?   "Disagreeing is something most people avoid whenever possible." says Amy Gallo in her TED Talk. She shares how staying silent can be damaging, and how speaking up when you disagree
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More dialogue, less interrupting

More dialogue, less interrupting   "All significant things that happen in an organisation are underpinned by, and reliant on, communication or dialogue." says Mark Lovatt from the TCM Group. He encourages us to listen just
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Training Peer Mediators

Training Peer Mediators   "If we get into an argument we know how to solve it without it turning into a big problem." says one of the Peer Mediators trained to resolve conflicts in her
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Sharing Mediator Experiences

Sharing Mediator Experiences   For his series Mediator Experience Vikram Singh interviews Brasilian mediator Gabriela Assmar who is a Weinstein JAMS International Fellow. They discuss the global mediation landscape, Disney movie 'Soul' and the research
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5 stages of grief in mediation

5 stages of grief in mediation   Gary Webber gives insight into why mediations sometimes go on for a full day before an agreement is reached. He explains: "Those experienced in mediation know that the
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Early intervention in conflict

Early intervention in conflict   The cost of conflict to UK employers is £28.5 billion – or £1,000 for each employee. Are grievances the right way forward? Mediator Camilla Palmer explains that early intervention in
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Myth-Busting Mediation

Myth-Busting Mediation   "What do you know about mediation?" asks mediator Emma Jenkings from Mosaic Mediation. In this article she answers questions about what mediation is, what it can do and how it can help

Making mediation sexy?

Making Mediation Sexy?   "Mediation has been called the 'hard problem' of the culture war." meaning peaceful resolution is not as interesting as conflict and battles in court. In this interview Diane Musho Hamilton and

Upcoming CMC Conference

Upcoming CMC Conference   The annual CMC conference will take place on the afternoons of 10 & 11 November as an online event accessible to all. It is the first co-conference with the College of Mediators and has the

Personal Injury and Mediation: A Future

  Personal Injury and Mediation: A Future   “Bringing a personal injury claim is a long, risky, expensive, and traumatic process for all parties.” says mediator Richard Kaye. In his experience claims are often brought

How to deal with toxic workplaces

How to deal with toxic workplaces   Have you ever found yourself in a hostile work environment? Personalities in any workplace will occasionally clash, says experienced business psychologist and mediator Clive Lewis. But how do

The NMA 2020 Winners

The National Mediation Awards 2020 awards ceremony was a great success and the CMC is thrilled to congratulate all the winners. The digital event was hosted by compère Mr. David Leckie who did a fantastic

National Mediation Awards 2020 Shortlists

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2020 National Mediation Awards. Watch our videos to find out who has been shortlisted in each category! Young Mediator, Family Mediator, SEND Mediator and Mediation Newcomer 

In the midst of chaos there is opportunity

Conflict 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,

Features of mediation

  Taking a dispute to court can often destroy the relationships between participants and sometimes even their financial situation. A mediation allows the parties to quickly come to a settlement on their own terms to

Facts about mediation

A 2018 study by CEDR shows that the commercial mediation profession saved businesses around £3 billion a year in wasted management time, damaged relationships, lost productivity and legal fees. Instead of taking a dispute to

How Can You Mediate Without Meeting?

“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

Mediate before you litigate!

“Mediate before you litigate!” demands Tom Thomas OBE, 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