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1 June 2010

Mediation apparently originated in the Far East although it seems to me almost quintessentially English. The one I attended this month was frightfully civilised and served with plenty of tea. All that was missing were the cucumber sandwiches.

I do enjoy mediating cases. One good reason to do so is that it actually works much of the time, with mediators citing success rates of between 70 and 90 per cent wherever one looks. Another plus point is the fascinating people watching opportunities which a mediation can provide.

The plenary session at the start is often used as an opportunity to vent, should emotions be running high. Ours was calm and sensible, with no raised voices or table thumping. Each party then retires to its own private room and from that point the day can often drag, especially for a defendant professional indemnity solicitor such as myself as we tend to have made larger strides towards settlement than our opponents and like to ask the mediator to go and ...

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