Chambers launches private early neutral evaluation service

13 June 2019

No5 Chambers has launched a fixed-fee private early neutral evaluation service for claims worth up to £25,000, echoing the financial dispute resolution appointment in family proceedings

Inheritance battle “screams out” for judge-led ADR, says court

31 May 2019

A battle between a widow and stepson over a large estate “cries, indeed screams out” for the kind of “robust, judge-led” processes used to settle family law disputes, a High Court judge has said.

Jackson: Arbitration parties should seek court guidance more often

1 May 2019

A provision in the Arbitration Act 1996 that allows the courts to rule on points of law during arbitration proceedings is under-used, Sir Rupert Jackson has suggested.

Gross defends arbitration against claim it damages common law

22 January 2019

A Court of Appeal judge has rejected the argument that the growth of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes has retarded the development of the common law.

CJC bids to strengthen appeal of ADR short of compulsion

5 December 2018

The Civil Justice Council has called for a ‘notice to mediate’ system used in Canada to be considered as the first step towards a more “automatic” system of alternative dispute resolution.

Mediation for clinical negligence claims – an ATE underwriter’s perspective

8 October 2018

In reading the legal press over the last year or so, mediation for clinical negligence claims has featured regularly and there seems to be a momentum from both sides – perhaps more so from NHS Resolution – to promote it as part of the mainstream menu offered by litigators. Below is an in-depth look at these developments, viewpoints and some preconceptions on what is undoubtedly a topical subject.

Organised schemes push mediation accelerator

23 July 2018

Organised schemes are driving the 20% rise in mediations undertaken in England and Wales over the past year, according to the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. CEDR estimated that £11.5bn worth of commercial claims were mediated in the past year.

MASS unveils apprenticeship deal as it collaborates on PI mediation project too

8 June 2018

Apprentices at personal injury law firms can now access the Motor Accident Solicitors Society’s diploma as part of their training after the society struck a deal with Damar Training. Meanwhile, MASS has joined forces with APIL and FOIL to create a register for mediators in PI and clinical negligence claims.

NHS implements “novel protocol” to speed mesh implant claims

17 April 2018

The NHS has adopted what has been described as “a novel protocol” to deal with medical negligence cases involving traumatic complications following mesh implant surgery, in anticipation of further legal claims. The protocol concerns claims relating to pioneering operations carried out privately.

NHS Resolution calls for compulsory ADR before issue and “cards on the table” from claimants

6 February 2018

Parties should be required to engage in a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before the issue of proceedings, NHS Resolution has argued. It also “strongly” advocated the disclosure of liability and quantum reports prior to issue.

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