Mediating the US way

I was disappointed to read that solicitors are unenthusiastic, apprehensive and hostile about mediation schemes which offer parties the chance to resolve disputes out of court.

In the US, mediation has been used with great success and, in line with Lord Woolf's recent Access to Justice report, the industry must work hard to ensure that it is a success in the UK as well. The benefits of the mediation scheme for the insurance industry are, for example, many in terms of reducing costs and speeding up the settlement process.

Charles Rymer, senior partner

Silverbeck Rymer