Making mediation work: a mediator's perspective

Thursday 4 February 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 4 February 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Mediation

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This seminar will explore how successful mediation can be, and will review relevant and recent cases.

The potential of mediation as an effective and low-cost alternative to litigation has been highlighted by the increase in the small claims limit, the courts' wide discretion over costs and the substantial rise in court fees. However, some litigants remain unaware of the benefits of mediation and how it can help resolve aspects of a dispute which litigation cannot reach.

The Garden Court Chambers Mediation Team will bring their perspective and experience of mediation to each topic and provide delegates with an understanding of the mediation process.

What will the seminar cover?

  • Confidentiality - during and after mediation
  • Costs - the incentive: before and after mediation
  • Communication – how hidden meanings are uncovered
  • Process - the interaction of joint and private sessions
  • Enforceability - making agreements work

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers in the public and private sector
  • Human resource managers
  • In-house lawyers in business and the not-for-profit sector
  • Professionals who wish to mitigate the impact of disputes

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Navita Atreya has a solution-based approach to legal disputes and uses the skills developed in her litigation practice in mediation. Navita's experience as an Immigration Judge in the Asylum and Immigration chambers and Social Entitlement chamber demonstrates her intrinsic independence and neutrality.

Catrin Lewis has over 18 years' experience as a practising barrister representing clients in employment tribunals, before disciplinary/regulatory bodies, County Courts, High Court and beyond. Catrin brings her experience as a practitioner and part-time Employment Judge to her mediation practice. Catrin believes mediation is an effective way of allowing parties to find their own solutions to disputes that avoid the stress, expense and uncertainty of litigation.

Beatrice Prevatt is an experienced housing barrister as well as a trained mediator with a wealth of experience in dealing with vulnerable litigants. Beatrice also provides innovative training to the Independent Housing Ombudsman, Legal Action Group and Housing Law Practitioner’s Association.

Helen Curtis (chair) is an experienced barrister, as well as a civil, community and workplace mediator and restorative justice facilitator. She manages the scale of parties’ concerns whatever the issues in dispute or size of their claim. This remains so in cases which are both commercially sensitive and complex. Making Mediation Work For You (LAG, June 2012) written by Kate Aubrey-Johnson with Helen continues to receive positive reviews.


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