Mules, Muck Sweats and the Mediation Trough – Bristol

Rebecca TaylorThis event will be presented by St John’s Chambers barristers and mediators Rebecca Taylor and Andrew Kearney with guest speakers and full time mediators Alistair Pye and Gary Webber and chaired by solicitor and mediator Sean Campbell.  It will be of interest to all who may potentially be involved in civil or commercial disputes of any kind, as a party, a representative or an adviser.

The latest developments in the law will be outlined and discussed. Approaches to difficult practical and legal issues will be explored. Debate and discussion will be encouraged.  The speakers are members of mediation panels including St John’s mediation panel, M4C, In Place of Strife and The Property Mediators.

Topics covered will include:

  • Merrix, Jackson, Briggs and costs – incentives or disincentives to mediate ?
  • Lifting the curtain – are confidentiality and privilege being eroded ?
  • Why mediations fail
  • Good faith, (and bad faith !) meaningful participation and policing….
  • The retreat from Halsey ? Or a drift towards compulsion ?
  • Making enforceable pre-agreements to mediate
  • “The Price is Right” (Should one party ever agree to pay the costs in advance ?)
  • Do mediators give advice – and can they be sued ?
  • Pulling the plug – why, when, who and how ?
  • “Call my Bluff” (or “Would I Lie to You ?”)                                                                                    – Dirty tricks, alternative facts and questionable tactics
  • Do users want evaluative mediation ? (And why mediators should be wary…)
  • “I don’t trust the Mediator ……”


Download programme: Mules, Muck Sweats and the Mediation Trough
Venue: St John’s Chambers, Bristol BS1 6PU
Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Registration: 4.00pm
Seminar starts: 4.30pm
Seminar ends: 6.30pm
Cost: Free


St John's Chambers
101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU


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