Mediation of Matrimonial Property Disputes

When a family relationship breaks down, deciding how to allocate the family resources can be a difficult and emotionally charged problem. The traditional form of resolving such a problem has been through litigation in the courts. However, it is widely acknowledged...

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Construction Disputes

Introduction Parties involved in construction disputes may have a choice of four methods of dispute resolution: litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. Those other than litigation are commonly referred to as methods of “alternative disputelitigation”...

Guest Speaker Appearance At PEOPIL Conference

On September 17, 2017, Martin Blake was an invited speaker at the PEOPIL Annual Conference in London, discussing mediation in personal injury cases. Martin discussed ‘Mediation in Personal Injury Cases’ and shared his knowledge of over 40 years’ litigation...

Understanding the Economics of the Litigation

It is essential that the party representative has reliable information about the legal costs (fees and expenses) incurred to date and the costs likely to be incurred if the case does not settle. These costs are an important part of the settlement equation and must be...

The Presence of Decision Makers is Essential

A mediation is unlikely to be successful unless those with the right and the power to make a settlement are present. This means that the plaintiff and the defendant must be present. If either party is an entity, an authorised representative must be present. Sometimes,...

The Contents of a Good Mediation Brief

A good mediation brief should be a reasoned statement of the party’s case, backed up by reference to facts, witnesses, documents or any other forms of evidence as well as, where appropriate, a discussion of applicable law. Writing a good mediation brief is an advocacy...