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This from John Webb: I was reading an interesting piece in Lexology about mediation and the Civil Proceedings Rules (well it was raining a lot). The piece, produced by Donald…

We are sad but also excited that Marianne Schoenig is moving on from Collaborative Solutions. Sad because she is a good friend and colleague, and excited because she wants concentrate…

Sums and Games Dispute resolution has been compared to game theory, with zero-, negative- and (very rarely) positive-sum outcomes. The adversarial nature of the British civil justice system and of…

Today Collaborative Solutions members are meeting for one of their awaydays, this time on the banks of the Thames. We will be talking about developments in mediation across the board,…

We are often asked if a dispute is ‘big enough’ for mediation. Any unresolved dispute can become a major issue, so we will always try to help if we can.…

Mediation is a great way to resolve a dispute without confrontation, and quickly. But it needs three things to work: A dispute will have two or more parties to it.…

It seems hardly a week goes by without us being urged to be more aware of something or other. Well this week is apparently ‘Mediation Awareness Week’, of which I…

Although the recently published exposé The Secret Barrister (anonymous, Pan Macmillan 2019) is about the criminal, not civil, justice system, it highlights rather terrifyingly the lottery that any legal route…

We are incredibly lucky at Collaborative Solutions to have bagged yet another talented star. Siddiqa Islam joins the family as our specialist and lead in community conflict resolution and social…

We are thrilled to be featured in the Autumn 2019 edition of The River Magazine, the business, social and community magazine for London's South Bank neighbourhoods. Check out the magazine,…

Great to welcome Marianne Schoenig to Collaborative Solutions as our workplace mediation lead. Marianne has tremendous experience in industry and consultancy, and is a highly skilled workplace mediator, coach and…

  From Anna Barry: With the swingeing cuts to the legal aid system, more and more people are finding their access to justice has been cut off by impossibly high…

We are thrilled and more than happy to welcome Lizzie Haynes to Collaborative Solutions. Lizzie is a highly experienced family and civil mediator, as well as being a barrister and…

Another one from John Webb: I came across a very interesting and prescient report by the Civil Justice Council the other day. Called 'Access to Justice for Litigants-in-Person or Self-Represented…

From John Webb: Great evening at the University of Chichester on Monday to hear Marianne Schoenig and the Mediator Network talk to the CIPD West Coast region about the power…

No-win litigation:   A sad tale in the Law Gazette last week (also in other media) about cyclist Robert Hazledean facing bankruptcy after a four-year litigation battle over a claim…

The effect of workplace discord on businesses and organisations is often underestimated. Relationships between team members and managers, uncertainty during reorganisation and fears of unfair treatment can all lead to…

John Webb, MA. ACIArb Yesterday my friend Anna Barry posted comments about the complexity and length of time it takes to bring a civil case to resolution through the courts…

The Ministry of Justice published their quarterly statistics on June 6 and they will make interesting reading for people considering going to the Civil Justice System to resolve disputes.  They…

HELP!   I’VE RECEIVED A REQUEST TO MEDIATE  From our own Emma Gooding, accredited mediator and solicitor   It is becoming increasingly common for the parties to a civil dispute to…