Government proposals and consultations

EU Parliament Resolution on the implementation of the Mediation Directive

The EU Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the implementation of the EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC), containing recommendations aimed at increasing the use of mediation in civil and commercial disputes throughout the EU. The Resolution follows a 2016 report by the EU Commission … Continue reading

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Consultation on the relationship between courts and ADR in Europe

A consultation has been launched  "to consider the concerns that have arisen in Europe as a result of the exponential growth of numerous different forms of alternative dispute resolution".   The paper, entitled "The Relationship between Formal and Informal Justice: the … Continue reading

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Singapore: proposed new legislation to encourage mediation

A Mediation Bill has recently been put before the Singapore Parliament with a view to encouraging the growth of mediation in the jurisdiction.  The three key proposals in the Bill (which echo similar provisions in the EU Mediation Directive and various other mediation laws … Continue reading

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ADR for financial disputes: Proposals to significantly enhance the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme

The Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC), which since June 2012 has been providing ADR services to financial institutions and their individual customers in Hong Kong, has recently launched a consultation to significantly enhance the Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme (FDRS) … Continue reading

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UK: Civil Courts Structure Review recommends expanded role for ADR

The recently published final report of Lord Justice Briggs in his Civil Courts Structure Review includes some interesting conclusions as to the role currently played by ADR in the civil justice system in England and Wales and a number of recommendations aimed at expanding that role. … Continue reading

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UK: Interim report published in Civil Courts Structure Review

An important judicial report has been published examining the need for changes to the court structure and processes for civil justice in England and Wales. The Civil Courts Structure Review by Lord Justice Briggs was commissioned by the senior judiciary to coincide … Continue reading

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The EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform – an update on timing

It has been confirmed that online businesses will have an extended timeframe in which to comply with new obligations to signpost customers to the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform being set up by the EU Commission. As we have previously reported, the EU … Continue reading

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Public consultation on mediation in the EU

The EU Commission has launched a consultation to gather views on the extent to which the EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC) has achieved its objectives and to consider whether any changes to the Directive are appropriate. Responses to the consultation will … Continue reading

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UK Government announces plans for implementation of the EU ADR Directive and ODR Regulation

The UK Government has announced its plans for implementing the ADR Directive and the ODR Regulation, both of which are aimed at promoting the use of ADR schemes in disputes involving consumer complaints throughout the EU. While the Government is not at this stage … Continue reading

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Online Dispute Resolution in the UK – new advisory group to kick start policy process

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has established a new advisory group to explore the role that online dispute resolution (ODR) can play in resolving civil disputes. ODR involves the resolution of disputes across the internet, using techniques such e-negotiation and … Continue reading

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