A fascinating talk on this historical subject was given on 9 April 2024 when Phillippa Rowe spoke on “Myths and Misconceptions: The Development of Mediation”

Lecturer: Phillippa Rowe, MA FCII, Chartered Insurance Practitioner, FAE, Arbitrator and Mediator

With a contribution from Andrew Parsons: FCIArb and member of the Bar Council’s ADR Panel
Chair: Professor Graham Chase

This lecture followed the development of mediation in the UK over the nearly 50 years since its introduction into the English dispute resolution world, dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions which have arisen – not always accidentally – over the years. It explored the key features of mediation which make it such a powerful tool, and its relationship with the English judicial system. As a postscript to her lecture Philippa was delighted that Andrew Parsons, barrister and also a member of the Company, added a contribution about the commentary surrounding, and questions and issues arising from, the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil CBC [2023] EWCA Civ 1416, including whether mediation is now compulsory in all cases and its other implications.

The event was generously hosted by Hogan Lovells.

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