First CPD event at the IDRC London 23.01.17
M4C’s first CPD event at the International Dispute Resolution Centre on Monday evening received strong support from the sector.
A packed room heard Her Honour Frances Kirkham reinforce the benefits of mediation in the sector and give support to the success of M4C.
Chris Reeves outlined the case for promoting awareness of mediation in the sector and reflected on recent research that indicated low take up of mediation: only 13% of main contractors and 9% of sub-contractors have mediated, many of whom admitted that they “did not know enough about what mediation entailed”. Research revealed that the preference for adjudication was due to limited understanding of mediation.
Chris then went on to highlight the recent changes to the Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes to the Civil Procedure Rules with emphasis placed on mediation now acknowledged as an alternative to the pre-action meeting.
Elizabeth Repper gave an interesting insight into her experiences of mediating construction disputes and that those in the sector have a strong preference for reaching agreements in order to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently.
Alistair Pye led a topical discussion on his tips for mediating construction disputes drawing on his experience of helping to resolve technically complex disputes. Alistair highlighted the contribution that experts make in mediation and led an interesting debate on the subject.
Alistair was joined by Andrew Miller QC who fed back to Alistair his experiences of not only acting as an advocate but also as mediator. Andrew drew support from the audience in explaining that mediation is a process of settlement with preparation key in the lead up to the mediation day as well as paving the way for settlement in the days or weeks that follow.
Other contributions to the debate were made from other M4C mediators Stephen Homer and Antony Marsh.
So, in summary, a strong start to M4C’s commitment to raising awareness of mediation in the construction industry. Further events are planned and details will be made available on the website and social media shortly. To register your interest please email either Sarah or Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Constructing Excellence South West, in collaboration with Mediation for Construction (M4C), has identified the need to highlight how mediation can and should be used to resolve disputes and Constructing Excellence South West has given its support and encouragement of the use of mediation as a process of resolving disputes.
To promote the greater use of mediation, a CESW Construction Mediation Guide and Protocol has been prepared by a drafting committee: Alan Tate (Trowers and Hamlins LLP), Chris Hoar (Michelmores LLP), Stephen Homer (Ashfords LLP) and our founder Chris Reeves. The Guide will be launched at the summit on 9 June 2017, details o which can be found here
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Date: Wednesday 4th July 2017
|09:00||Registration and welcome|
|09:30|| Speaker – Chris Reeves
|13:45|| Speaker – Elizabeth Repper
Join us for a very informative CPD event covering all the ins and outs of mediation in construction disputes:
What is mediation: an introduction to mediation
Why mediate: the factors as to why one would mediate as well as dispelling some common myths
When to mediate: the factors that affect the timing of when to mediate
Making the most of mediation: tips on how to make the most out of the process
How to encourage parties to mediate
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Places are limited so booking is essential at: email@example.com
Jackie Gregory-Stevens FRICS MCIArb CEnv
Head of Commercial - Major Projects - Babcock International Group
17:30 to 19:30 on 16 May 2017
Date: 22 March 20017
Time: 8.15am - 9.30am - breakfast bacon rolls, tea and coffee will be provided
Address: Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR
The event will be of particular interest to architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers, building owners and managers, contractors and sub-contractors as well as construction lawyers and claims consultants.
If you are able to join us, please contact a member of our team to confirm your place by calling:
0203 411 4425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org