Key Learning Points from Recent Mediations
POSTED ON May 14, 2015 | Comments (11)

"What's been going on in recent mediations", asked a colleague. "Any highlights?" The trouble with doing anything on a regular basis is that you can omit to reflect on the learning from each occasion. So, for me, here are some takeaways from the past few...

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A Dispute Resolution Clause
POSTED ON July 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recently, we had cause to specify a form of mediation clause for a public sector contract. Here is a revised version of what we agreed. What do readers think?   “Dispute Resolution   22.1.1     The parties must attempt in good faith to resolve any dispute, difference...

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Cognitive Illusions Hamper Litigation Choices
POSTED ON January 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Lawyers are as susceptible to errors in decision-making, and in giving advice to clients, as lay people, and this has a significant impact on the timing and quality of settlement of disputes. So we are told in a thought-provoking article in the Southern California Law...

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A tribute to Professor Roger Fisher (author of Getting to Yes)
POSTED ON September 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

The recent death of Professor Roger Fisher of Harvard University, founder of the internationally-renowned Harvard Negotiation Project, has passed relatively unnoticed in this country. But for many of us who work in the field of conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation, Fisher stands out as the...

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Medical Claims - need for a better way?
POSTED ON June 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

An interesting new Study of Medical Negligence Claiming in Scotland was recently published (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00394437.pdf). Its main findings included:   Patient grievances appear to involve an often complex and overlapping mix of concerns about communication breakdown, poor staff attitudes, inadequate general care and generally feeling disempowered....

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Civil Discourse and Collaborative Governance
POSTED ON May 01, 2012 | Comments (0)

The American Bar Association recently reaffirmed the principle of civility as a foundation for democracy and the rule of law. Its Resolution 108 goes on: "When dealing with the public as well as one another, lawyers should set a high standard for civil discourse as an...

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Negotiating Beyond Boundaries
POSTED ON April 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

I had the good fortune to attend an inspiring talk by Israeli negotiator, Moty Cristal, at the ABA dispute resolution conference in Washington. A veteran of many of the toughest negotiations in the Middle East, he affirmed many of the key messages about negotiation as...

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Mediation or Meditation - the Missing Link?
POSTED ON March 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

What is it that makes mediation such an effective process for so many disputes? Why do so many long-running conflicts reach a solution in a day of mediation? Is there some sort of magic in what the mediator does? At the start of a mediation...

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Game Theory
POSTED ON February 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

I have recently been studying Game Theory but only superficially (see Game Theory and the Humanities (Brams) and Super Cooperators (Nowak, a brilliant book). My son, David is studying the real thing at the moment at university. Recently, he sent me the lecture slides for his...

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A Civil Justice Council for Scotland?
POSTED ON January 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

Core recently responded to the consultation on a proposed Scottish Civil Justice Council. We expressed the view that this proposal seems to be an essential component in delivering an effective system of dispute resolution in Scotland in the future. We said that having a broad-based...

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