Mediation Workshop


Theme: Skills Course

27 September 2017, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Leicester, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Nottingham (numbers limited to 10), Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Bevan Brittan

Course overview

Suitable audience:

Anyone interested in learning more about alternative forms of dispute resolution


This workshop aims to explore mediation in the commercial context. Many contracts specifically refer to the need for parties to consider mediation in a dispute escalation process. In other instances, the parties may simply wish to explore Alternative Dispute Resolution methods including mediation as a means of settling a dispute. We will look at what mediation means and how it can be used to either dispense with disputes before they escalate or to settle cases going through court or arbitration.

Topics to be covered include:

• Introduction to mediation. What is mediation? Why use it and when to use it? What are the other forms of ADR available?
• Looking at mediation from the mediator’s perspective – how do people become mediators? How you would approach mediation from the mediator’s perspective and what you would expect from the parties.
• Mediation case study – what works and what does not

Interactive elements

Further information about the topics covered and interactive elements of this course will be made available closer to the date.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research

B4 Draft documents

B5 Advocacy

B6 Negotiation

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Marie Claire O’Hara, Bevan Brittan is a construction disputes specialist with considerable experience of all forms and methods of dispute resolution including mediation. In particular, Marie-Claire has used mediation to resolve a wide variety of disputes from complex, high value multi-party disputes to relatively small two party disputes across a range of sectors such as education, housing, energy and highways. Marie-Claire’s clients range from local authorities and NHS trusts to contractors and developers.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.