Big hitters join dispute resolution panel

The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Henry Brooke are among the big hitters that have joined a new panel at the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

These dispute resolution experts join 34 mediators on CEDR’s Solve Direct panel, which allows mediators to be booked directly through the not-for-profit centre.

CEDR Solve Direct launched more than six months ago for clients who know the mediator they want and do not require the mediator nominations service.

The news comes after Francis Neate of Kirkland & Ellis International, former president of the International Bar Association, joined the CEDR Solve Direct panel in January.

CEDR’s chief executive Karl Mackie said the direct service has been more successful than the centre, which managed more than 13,000 queries, anticipated.

“It’s a testimony to the importance of mediation to civil justice that such eminent figures want to be part of our direct service,” explained Mackie. “Indeed both Lord Woolf and Sir Henry Brooke have indicated that they would be happy to mediate cases of all types and values.”