Article published – ADR reform: one size does not fit all

On 6 March, the Civil Justice Council held a workshop to discuss the recommendations made in its interim report on ADR, which was subject to consultation late last year. The interim report addresses concerns regarding a perceived underuse of ADR within some… Read more

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… Read more

Court of Appeal mediation pilot endorsed in Ghaith v Indesit

The year-long Court of Appeal mediation pilot launched on 2 April 2012 has been endorsed in the recent case of Ghaith v Indesit [2012] EWCA Civ 642. Under the pilot, unless a judge exceptionally directs otherwise, every personal injury, clinical negligence and contractual… Read more

Refusal to mediate and effect on Part 36 costs

In PGF II SA v OMFS Company and another [2012] EWHC 83 (TCC), the High Court ordered that both parties should bear their own costs after expiry of the relevant (21 day) period for acceptance of a Part 36 offer, due to… Read more

Refusal to mediate is not unreasonable

In a recent High Court case  (Hickman v Blake Lapthorn and David Fisher [2006] EWHC 12 (QB)), the judge was asked to consider whether one losing defendant (the second defendant) should pay all of the claimant's costs after the date… Read more