Mediation update

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By Jonathan Haydn-Williams and Alex Barker

Goodman Derrick reports on two aspects of mediation: selecting a mediator and the perils of not responding to a mediation proposal.

The selection of a mediator involves the parties agreeing on a choice of mediator. Given that the parties are in dispute, this can become a difficult and long-drawn-out process. If one party puts forward a mediator, or list of mediators, the other party’s instinctive reaction will often be to reject the proposal, unless that party, or that party’s lawyer, has had a good experience with a nominated mediator in the past…

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