Preparing for and attending a mediation

Preparing for and attending a mediation

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Course Overview

Mediation is a flexible process in which parties engage in negotiations to work towards a constructive solution to a dispute or difference. Discussions take place within a confidential setting during which an independent mediator will attempt to facilitate a resolution between the parties.

Mediation provides the best opportunity for a quick resolution of what may otherwise become a time-consuming and expensive dispute.

During this session, solicitor and mediator Peter Causton of ProMediate will discuss when is the best time to mediate and the factors to consider when selecting a mediator.

Guidance will also be offered in respect of how best to prepare for a mediation; as a solicitor part of your role is to understand what your client really wants from the mediation and to prepare them for the fact that compromise is an inherent element of the mediation process.

Peter will consider the benefits of opening meetings and what you can do if this not an option. Peter will also suggest tactics that can be employed once the mediation is underway.

In addition, viewers will receive practical hints and tips on how to avoid common stumbling blocks such as a party needing to pay the settlement in instalments or a confidentiality requirement being introduced late on in the negotiations.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Know how to effectively prepare for a mediation
  • • Have considered some of the tactics which you can employ during the mediation to achieve the best result for your client
  • • Be aware of the pitfalls that can catch out the unwary

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for practitioners who engage in mediation activities


About Instructor - Peter Causton

Peter is an independent commercial and civil mediator. He is an excellent communicator and negotiator, having originally trained as a barrister and then qualified as a solicitor advocate. He has over 20 years experience as a solicitor practising in commercial and insurance litigation, with particular expertise in the field of professional indemnity/negligence law.

Peter has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s In-House Solicitor of the Year Award 2017.

Peter is a member of the Insurance Working Party of the CCBE and is involved in developing EU policy on Insurance law. He has been involved as a member of the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee, reviewing guideline hourly rates for the profession and is knowledgeable about costs assessment and litigation funding.

Peter is co-author of PI Brief’s book on ADR for Personal Injury Lawyers.

Peter is on the editorial board of the Jackson ADR Handbook which is the authoratative guide to ADR used in every Civil Court in England & Wales.  He is also a Board Member and Director/Trustee of the Civil Mediation Council Limited. He is also a member of the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee.

Peter has taken part in numerous mediations and has undertaken mediator training and ODR training.

As a Deputy District Judge, he also knows from his own experience about what happens when parties cannot reach agreement and the Court has to adjudicate.

As a member of the editorial board of the Jackson ADR Handbook and board member of the Civil Mediation Council, Peter is up to date with developments with respect to ADR in the UK and recently presented a seminar for the Law Society on ODR. Peter has conducted telephone and time limited mediations. He has been involved in the Business Dispute Resolution Commitment initiative, similar to the ADR pledge.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    8 Page