Global Pound Conference report published

The Global Pound Conference series – a unique and ambitious initiative to inform how civil and commercial disputes are resolved in the 21st century – brought together over 4000 dispute resolution stakeholders, at 28 conferences spanning 24 countries worldwide. Herbert Smith Freehills,… Read more

Article published: Mediation for in-house lawyers

Alexander Oddy and Jan O’Neill of Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office have published an article in PLC Magazine: Mediation for In-house Lawyers – Preparing for Success. In-house counsel can play a critical role in the preparation for a mediation – both in working with… Read more

ADR Practical Guides launched

We have launched the first in our series of Herbert Smith Freehills ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide practical insights into various processes falling under the banner of ADR, with a particular focus on mediation. The first guide, entitled "Common ADR processes -… Read more

Jackson ADR handbook published today

The "Jackson ADR Handbook" has been published today pursuant to Lord Justice Jackson's recommendation for publication of an authoritative mediation handbook for England and Wales. (Click here for our guide to the main Jackson reforms introduced earlier this month.) The Handbook is intended… Read more

Our new Practical Guide to Mediation

Herbert Smith Freehills has published a simple guide to the mediation process and what to expect on the day, including a useful flow chart: Practical Guide to Mediation. It is intended principally for non-legal attendees/client representatives and outlines a typical template for a… Read more

Launch of our new ADR blog: “ADR notes”

We have today launched Herbert Smith Freehills' new "ADR notes" blog, which you can find at or via the link in the "HSF blogs" tab in the top menu. ADR notes contains posts on the latest legal and practice developments in relation to mediation,… Read more

Webinar alert: pre-action strategy

On Tuesday 29 May (12:45 to 1:45 UK time) John Ogilvie, Matthew Bonye and Alex Oddy will present a live audio webinar on pre-action strategy. The session will explore strategic considerations before proceedings are commenced, including: Immediate points to consider when a dispute arises; Pre-action… Read more

Recent case law on expert determination

There has been a spate of recent case law relating to expert determination. In this post James Farrell, Emily Lew and Michael Mendelblat consider three judgments in which the court had to decide whether to stay legal proceedings in favour… Read more

Government’s proposals to encourage ADR in smaller disputes

The government response has been published to its consultation on "Solving disputes in the County Courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system", which asked for views on compulsory mediation information sessions, automatic referral to mediation, and extension of… Read more

European Parliament softens stance on EU class actions

In a resolution adopted on 2 February 2012 in response to the Commission’s 2011 consultation “Towards a coherent European approach to collective redress”, the European Parliament has taken a markedly less negative approach to the question of EU action on… Read more

Think carefully before refusing to mediate

The court may penalise a party in costs even if it takes the view that any mediation would have been unlikely to succeed: Attorney General of Zambia v Meer Care & Desai (A Firm) and others [2007] EWHC 1540 (Ch). … Read more