Mediation matters - Linklaters hosts 'Making Mediation Work'

Linklaters hosted a lively debate between mediators and litigators before a packed audience of 130 on 29 April 2014.

Asking what mediators want from advocates, and what advocates, in return, want from a mediator, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury chaired a panel consisting of Bill Marsh (Independent Mediators), Sarah Clover, (Clyde & Co), Katie Bradford, litigation partner, Linklaters, Jane Andrewartha (Clyde & Co) and Andrew Goodman, Convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA).

The event, facilitated by the SCMA, with the Commercial Mediation Group, looked at how mediation should be conducted, and how strength of character – as well as a sense of humour – can be useful tools in mediating between parties.

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, said:

“Mediation has come of age and this event – and the practical advice we’ve heard – highlights that. I’d like to congratulate mediators for ensuring that mediation has become part of the rule of law.”

Katie Bradford, litigation partner at Linklaters, who was recently elected vice-chair of the Civil Mediation Council, said:

“I am greatly encouraged by the growing use of mediation in commercial litigation and its adoption by clients. Linklaters formed the Commercial Mediation Group to harness the support of mediation by commercial litigators, and it is providing a voice for clients and litigators for debate with the mediation community. Endorsement by the senior judiciary is most welcome.  

“The topics aired at this event are important to discuss to continue to raise professional standards and to develop mediation.  Commercial litigators aim to resolve our clients’ disputes effectively and mediation plays an important part in that.”