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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

5th Civil Mediation Council Conference rated a huge success.

Monday, 23rd May 2011

The 5th CMC Conference was held in Manchester on 10 May 2011 and was the first full event since the election of the new board in February.The Council has written the following report:"We had a fabulous line up of speakers and we are indebted to all who took part for their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work to making this a truly successful event attended by nearly 200 mediators and guests.Jonathan Djanogly, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, an enthusiastic supporter of mediation, outlined the progress and future plans for encouraging mediation more widely across our communities. CLICK HERE to read his speech.Helen Alexander CBE, President of the CBI, highlighted the value of mediation in resolving business disputes and the relevance of private dispute resolution as an important aid to preserving reputation.Geoff Lloyd who leads the strategy for dispute resolution at HMRC spoke enthusiastically about how the department is using mediation in an area once considered not suitable for mediation. There was a comprehensive round up of European viewpoints from Riccardo Buizza (Italy) Prof. Dr. Renate Dendorfer (Germany), Hannah Tümpel (ICC Paris) and Nicola White (Ireland), as well as views from Maria Arpa (community) and John Crawley (workplace).The speakers magically addressed the issues and questions arising out of a lively discussion session at the start of the day led by Amanda Bucklow, a novel skills sessions was led by Beverly-Ann Rogers and the programme came together with a skilful review by John Sturrock.Feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive with participants making special reference to the opportunity to contribute to the discussions and the variety and quality of information they received throughout the day.This was probably the most inclusive conference we have had to date with community, family, workplace and commercial mediators sharing concerns and ideas for 'seizing the moment' and making even more real the promise of mediation for our society at many levels. We have much work to do over the next few months."

 

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