David Richbell – Lessons in Mediation and Life

Many of us are mourning the recent death of David Richbell, a UK-based mediator and mediation trainer widely known and loved around the world. I was lucky enough to count David as a close friend and colleague. We mediated together, delivered training together, cheered England at rugby together. And so I have had good cause... Continue reading The post David Richbell – Lessons in Mediation and Life appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Personal Connections

Bloomberg (not my usual reading fodder, I confess) carried an interesting piece a couple of months ago, entitled “Meet the Real Force Behind the Brexit Talks”. Yes, it was about Brexit (yawn) but it was about an unseen side of the negotiations. Opening with the line “In every negotiation the most important work is done... Continue reading The post Personal Connections appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Dung Beetles and Basics

It’s not easy to blog once a month, even on a subject I love. Often I sit down to write with no real ideas or inspiration. Sometimes I end up that way too (as you may have noticed!). It becomes easy to dread the approach of my monthly publication date. Often the pressure lies in... Continue reading The post Dung Beetles and Basics appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

A Minister’s Mediation Challenges

Over the Christmas break, I had the pleasure of reading Ken Newell’s memoirs, “Captured by a Vision”. Ken was (until his retirement some years ago) a Presbyterian Church minister in Northern Ireland who, out of deeply held conviction arising out of his Christian faith, played a central role in bringing together representatives of both sides... Continue reading The post A Minister’s Mediation Challenges appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

“What The Parties Really Want” – Interview 2 – Mike McIlwrath

This is the second in a short series of blogs interviewing regular users of mediation about what they really want from mediators and from mediation. We kicked off last month with Rebecca Clark. This month, I have the pleasure of interviewing Michael McIlwrath, who has been the head of litigation for GE Oil & Gas... Continue reading The post “What The Parties Really Want” – Interview 2 – Mike McIlwrath appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

“What The Parties Really Want” – Interview 1 – Rebecca Clark

Like all businesses, mediation ultimately depends upon (and needs to reflect) what the users want from it. That doesn’t of course mean that theirs in the only relevant perspective – mediators also have views on what the process can and should offer. But at the very least it’s a vital part of the equation (I... Continue reading The post “What The Parties Really Want” – Interview 1 – Rebecca Clark appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

ICC Mediation Competition 2017: in conversation with the finalists

I (Bill) remember doing my first commercial mediation. I was 29, and in the presence of the four parties and their advisers I felt even younger. It was not lost on me that (as Suzanne Rab recently noted in Do You Need Grey Hairs to Mediate?) people expected someone older to walk into the room.... Continue reading The post ICC Mediation Competition 2017: in conversation with the finalists appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

A New Seat at the Mediation Table? The Impact of Third-Party Funding on the Mediation Process (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of two posts about third party funding (TPF) of litigation Geoff’s Part 1 looked at the principle of TPF. Now mediators Bill Marsh and Geoff Sharp get together to share thoughts on the impact TPF has on the mediation process Whatever else mediation is, it is certainly a... Continue reading The post A New Seat at the Mediation Table? The Impact of Third-Party Funding on the Mediation Process (Part 2) appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Too Much Or Too Little?

How many of us share the experience I have had – sitting on the last train home, late at night, with a day’s mediating behind me and no settlement? Perhaps even no meaningful progress towards a settlement? Occasionally, no offers even made? And as you do so, perhaps you find that your thoughts veer from:... Continue reading The post Too Much Or Too Little? appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Brexit And The Binary Bind

  Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by the whole Brexit affair. I’m not talking about the result of the vote itself, but about the referendum process, the behaviour it engendered, and its aftermath. All the classic features were present. Classic features of what? Well, of binary processes. Those that offer a win/lose, yes/no, remain/leave... Continue reading The post Brexit And The Binary Bind appeared first on Kluwer Mediation Blog.

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