Refusal to mediate

Court of Appeal sends further message on mediation: Don’t drag your heels in arranging it

A recent Court of Appeal decision is the latest instance of the court expressly sending a message to litigants confirming what it expects of them regarding mediation within the court process: Thakkar v Patel [2017] EWCA Civ 117. Upholding a first … Continue reading

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Advocate General Opinion on the Consumer ADR Directive and compulsory mediation

In a case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Italian courts, an Advocate General opinion has been issued which considers the scope of the Consumer ADR Directive, including whether it precludes national legislation from imposing mandatory mediation … Continue reading

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ADR in Asia Pacific – Part 3

Further to our earlier posts (here and here) highlighting material from our recently updated Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific, we now feature in part 3 the responses from New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to the question whether parties to litigation or arbitration … Continue reading

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Hong Kong court imposes costs sanctions for unreasonable refusal to mediate

A recent Hong Kong judgment has added to the growing body of case law illustrating courts’ intolerance of litigants who refuse to engage with ADR.   The decision will be of interest to litigants not just in Hong Kong but in other … Continue reading

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UK: Further guidance on when refusal to mediate may attract costs sanctions

A recent High Court decision has provided a further example of a successful defendant being deprived of a portion of the costs it otherwise would have been awarded because it was found to have unreasonably refused to engage in ADR (applying the guiding principles … Continue reading

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Failure to engage with ADR proposals: UK Court of Appeal extends the Halsey principles

The Court of Appeal has delivered a judgment strongly reiterating its support for the role of ADR in civil litigation and extending the existing principles governing the question of when a litigant's failure to engage in ADR will justify a court … Continue reading

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UK High Court claim struck out as full redress was available under an ADR scheme

The UK High Court recently refused to allow a claim to proceed in relation to mis-selling of an insurance product on the basis that the claimants had already been offered full redress under a formal ADR scheme established in relation to … Continue reading

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English Court of Appeal suggests a rethink of the prohibition on court-ordered compulsory mediation

In a withering attack on what he terms “the emasculation of legal aid” and the inevitable increase in unrepresented litigants in the English courts, Lord Justice Ward in the Court of Appeal has suggested that it may be time to … Continue reading

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English Court of Appeal reviews test for unreasonable refusal to mediate and provides guidance on approach to negotiation

In a judgment handed down in October 2012 but only recently made available, the English Court of Appeal has set out guidance on the factors to be taken into account when assessing a successful party’s refusal to mediate and general approach to settlement: … Continue reading

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English High Court defends successful party’s refusal to mediate and declines to impose costs sanctions

In ADS Aerospace Limited v EMS Global Tracking Limited [2012] EWHC 2904 (TCC), Mr Justice Akenhead sitting in the Technology and Construction Court held that a successful party was not unreasonable to refuse mediation and should not be penalised in costs … Continue reading

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