The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has expanded its direct access panel to 50 mediators, with 16 new members.
The CEDR Solve direct panel, which already boasts members including former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and ex-Court of Appeal judge Sir Henry Brooke, have seen City lawyers from DLA Piper, Lovells and Norton Rose come on board.
CEDR Solve provides direct access to mediators meaning clients do not have to go through a third party.
The body's chief executive Karl MacKie said the rapid expansion of the direct panel since its launch 18 months ago is a testament to the importance of alternative dispute resolution in civil justice.
"This service has been increasingly successful, as CEDR Solve has responded to the legal market's requirement for direct access to quality mediators," said MacKie.
The new members add to the panel's breadth of experience, including a wide range of commercial sectors including construction, employment, insurance, IP, IT and personal injury.
THE NEW MEMBERS:
Jeremy Connell, sole practitioner Michael Cover, Charles Russell Alan Jacobs, DLA Piper Paul Johnson, Kings Chambers Lawrence Kershen, sole practitioner Adrian Llewelyn-Evans, Burgess Salmon Ian Lowe, Nabarro Michael Ord, Eversheds Jane Player, Bird & Bird John Price, sole practitioner Jason Reeves, Clausen Miller Joseph Shammah, Shammah Nicolas Felicity Steadman, sole practitioner Joseph Tirado, Norton Rose Steven Williams, Nabarro Andrew Williamson, sole practitioner