The City of London has long been an international centre for Arbitration and dispute resolution. The Masters of the early Guilds, the forerunners of today's Livery Companies, often acted as arbitrators in disputes between guild members and between those members and their customers.
The Fifth UK Mediation Skills Competition
for UK Law Students
London 15th to 17th January 2016 at Linklaters LLP
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2015
The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (WCA) is pleased to invite entries for the fifth UK Mediation Skills Competition for law students and trainees and pupils at UK Universities, Law Colleges, Law Schools, Law Firms, Inns of Court and Barristers' Chambers.
Team Members who take part should gain:
- Enhanced written and oral presentational and advocacy skills
- A chance to practise negotiating skills and to explore different approaches in mediation
- An opportunity to exercise their problem-solving skills in mock commercial mediations moderated by professional mediators
- An insight into best practice in commercial mediation
- An unique addition to their CV
Each team should consist of up to four eligible law students, trainees or pupils and a team coach. All law students and trainees and pupils are made welcome; experience has shown that the competition is of particular value and appeal to students of the LPC, the BPTC, the Diploma in Legal Practice and LLMs which include elements of ADR and mediation. The students in each team adopt the role of counsel and client and seek to resolve a commercial dispute working with each other, their counterparty and an experienced mediator. Their performance is evaluated by some of the country's leading dispute resolution specialists, who participate in the Competition as judges.
Team Contacts and Coaches
Each team must register a Team Contact. The Team Contact may also be the Team Coach but this is not essential and the coach may be a different member of the teaching staff, a student or an external person.
Please note that the competition is not open to individual students.
How to Enter
The Rules of the Competition will be those of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition 2016, with appropriate modifications. Intending entrants should study the Rules carefully and be aware of the contents, including the eligibility criteria for team members. A registration fee of £150 is payable and, to apply, please complete the accompanying Entry Form and send a scanned copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate that teams may require time to select their members and so the names of the team coach and the team members do not need to be included in the entry application.
Carol Service at St Mary Le Bow with City of London Solicitors and The Worshipful Company of Paviors
Thursday 17 December 2015
18.45 with refreshments from 19.30
St Mary Le Bow
Carol Service and refreshments - £25 per person
Carol Service only, no charge - admission is free
This year we will be holding a joint Carol Service with the City of London Solicitors and the Worshipful Company of Paviors, and the Master very much hopes you will join him for what promises to be a very convivial evening.
The Service will start at 6.45pm, and will be followed by drinks and canapés at the Church, the cost of which will be £25. If you wish to come to the Service and not stay for the refreshments, there is of course no charge, but please still let us know if you plan to attend, to help us keep track of numbers.
Our Christmas raffle will be held after the service.
The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators seeks to foster the professions of arbitration, mediation and other forms of private dispute resolution as a collegiate forum for practitioners and proponents. We aim to support the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and the Aldermen in the development of UK business and in the promotion of London and the UK as a centre for the provision of private dispute resolution services and as a source of advice and guidance internationally. There is an Annual Lecture held in the City and a Pupillage Scheme provides assistance to aspiring arbitrators. We are members of the Financial Services Group of modern Livery Companies through which we provide active support to the Lord Mayor in their role as ambassador for UK trade and commerce.
Through its Charity the Company provides support in the education of students in the fields of arbitration and other related forms of dispute resolution; a number of grants and bursaries are given every year.