Browsing Archive: April, 2016

What do lawyers look for in choosing a mediator?

Posted by Stephen Wood on Sunday, April 10, 2016,
CEDR's Sixth Mediation Audit in 2014 was based on responses from mediators and lawyers.  

When asked to rank the relative significance of various factors in determining why particular individuals secured commercial mediation appointments, there were several noticeable differences between mediators and lawyers.

In 2014, the top 5 factors for mediators were: 

1) Professional reputation - experience/status (which was 3rd for lawyers)
2) Availability (which was 1st for lawyers)
3) Professional backgro...
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What is 'Commercial Reality'?

Posted by Stephen Wood on Sunday, April 10, 2016, In : Commercial Reality 
As a civil and commercial mediator and also as a litigation solicitor, I often discuss the phrase the 'commercial reality' with users of mediation and my legal clients.  When emotions run high, asking a party about the commercial reality can often bring a party's focus back onto settlement, as they consider the inherent risks of litigation and the costs of wasted energy, anxiety, time and money. 
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About Me


Stephen Wood is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, an ADR Group Accredited Workplace Mediator, an ADR Group Accredited Online Mediator and a Consultant Litigation Solicitor. In 2017 Stephen was appointed to the Panel of Chairs of the Valuation Tribunal of England. Stephen has undertaken over 50 paid mediations.