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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

Worthy Winners of UK Mediation Skills Contest

Monday, 16th January 2012

The UK Mediation Skills contest, organised by The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, and held in London between 13th and 15th January, was won by the team from London Metropolitan University, represented by Leah Angell Boyer and Ryan O'Donnell.  Their coach was William McKay a senior lecturer at the university. They will travel to Paris in February to take part in the ICC Seventh International Commercial Mediation Competition.

The runners up in an extremely close final were Joanne Grey and Catherine Maclaine from Northumbria University. They too will be travelling to Paris for the ICC Competition.

The Master's Award for the best relationship building with the other team went to the University of the West of England represented by Sophie Beesley and Natasha Bellinger. The CIArb President's Prize for best advocacy skills was won by Richard Collins and Anjum Kasmani from City University, London.

Experienced mediation practitioners, including In Place of Strife mediators, Mark Jackson-Stops, Amanda Bucklow and Michael Cover acted as mediators and judges and officials during the competition. High Court judge, Sir Gary Hickinbottom presented the prizes.

The sponsors of the competition were Bird & Bird LLP, who hosted the competition, UBS AG, Allen & Overy LLP, Linklaters LLP and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators who along with the Company’s own Charitable Trust provided funding; HM Courts and Tribunals Service allowed the use of the Rolls Building for the heats on the first day of the competition.

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