Local Findings from North America: International Mediation Institute to release eight Global Pound Conference reports (Part 1: Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, Toronto and Baltimore)

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) has announced that it is publishing a suite of eight reports based on the 2016-2017 Global Pound Conference (GPC) events organised in North America. The suite consists of seven city-specific reports (one for each North American city that hosted a GPC), and an overarching report comparing results from across these … Read more

UK: Civil Justice Council establishes Judicial ADR Liaison Committee

It has been reported that the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has established a Judicial ADR Liaison Committee (the Committee). The formation of the Committee was one of several recommendations made by the CJC’s ADR Working Group in its November 2018 ADR and Civil Justice Report (the Report) considering various ways to encourage the use of … Read more

Scottish government considers systematic reform of the civil justice system to ‘normalise’ mediation

The Scottish government has recently issued a publication on its plans to reform the use of mediation in the Scottish civil justice system. In the publication, the government expresses its intention to establish a ‘Scottish Dispute Resolution Delivery Group’ that will meet in early 2020 to develop and shape an “evidence-based package of reform” relating … Read more

Court of Appeal rejects claim to without prejudice or litigation privilege in communications incorporated into settlement agreement

A recent Court of Appeal decision has highlighted the need to exercise caution when referring to privileged material in settlement agreements. The court held that the claimant was not entitled to withhold from inspection communications that had been incorporated into a settlement agreement with one of five defendants. That was despite the fact that, at … Read more

The new Singapore Convention: Some practical issues to consider now

As has been well publicised, the new Singapore Convention seeks to establish a global enforcement regime for settlement agreements resulting from mediation in cross-border commercial disputes. Signed on 7 August 2019 by 46 countries, the Convention could feasibly be in operation as early as the first half of next year (it will enter into force … Read more