23 Jun, 2011

Linklaters hosts launch of Commercial Mediation Group

Linklaters has announced the launch of the Commercial Mediation Group – a new forum established to represent the interests of users of mediation services in commercial disputes.

The Group is the first to give solicitors specialising in commercial dispute resolution, and their clients, an independent structured and commercially-focused forum. It will review key issues and trends in mediation. It will also act as a networking group for litigators, including in-house counsel, many of whom have extensive mediation experience, and who are prime movers in the mediation community.

The Group’s first formal meeting took place on Tuesday (21st June) at Linklaters’ offices in London, with a keynote address from Sir Henry Brooke, Chair of the Civil Mediation Council. More than 30 firms active in commercial litigation were represented, together with attendees from regulators, and in-house counsel. Topics discussed included the threat of compulsory mediation, mediation in regulatory investigations, the EU Directive, and how to achieve consistent quality of mediation services. A steering committee has been set up to report back to the wider Group in Autumn 2011.

Katie Bradford, Linklaters partner and founder of the group, said:”Commercial litigation solicitors in London, and our clients, have been discussing issues that affect mediation for a number of years. Linklaters’ proposal to establish the Commercial Mediation Group has been met with an overwhelming support, with attendees at the first event including partners from 30 key firms across the City, regulators and in-house counsel. Now we have a formal independent representative group through which to express our views in the interests of our clients, and to effect change. We expect rapid expansion to embrace all those involved in Commercial Litigation who use mediation services”.

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