Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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Next steps for dispute resolution in England and Wales

Morning, Friday, 10th May 2024


This conference will examine priorities for optimising mediation and arbitration in England and Wales.


It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to assess the impact of the Government’s plans to integrate mandatory mediation into all small claims in the civil justice system, as well as measures outlined in the Arbitration Bill, announced in the Kings Speech.


Delegates will consider the current state of the market and next steps for integrated mediation, looking at implications of increased use, innovative approaches and collaborative solutions to navigating disputes, and building understanding.


There will also be a focus on priorities for workforce development and building capacity across all types of dispute, looking at options for greater oversight on standards, quality and training in the sector, as well as the way forward for encouraging greater diversity in arbitrator selection.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Lord Neuberger, Arbitrator, One Essex Court; and former President, Supreme Court (2012-2017); Kim Wager, Head of Dispute Resolution Policy, Ministry of Justice; Rebecca Clark, Chair, Civil Mediation Council; and Jonathan Wood, President, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Chair, International Arbitration, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Government’s strategy: impact of increased integration of mandatory mediation into all small claims in the civil justice system - improving service delivery as the number of mediation users grow - greater emphasis on avoidance strategies
  • Arbitration Bill: assessing the future of domestic and international arbitration under the new Bill - exploring the effectiveness of measures in Bill - the way forward for modernisation 
  • workforce: impact of increased use of mediation on the legal profession - priorities for training and professional development - establishing clear standards - addressing concerns regarding lack of diversity
  • system efficiency: assessing capacity to deal with increasing reliance on mediation - enabling and promoting effective management of the civil justice system as a whole - identifying areas for improvement
  • role of the courts: imposing sanctions and enforcing effective mandatory mediation - considering recent cases which clarify the ability of courts to compel parties to engage in mediation
  • service users: building public understanding and confidence in mediation - improving communication, access, support and safeguarding for users - integration priorities for those using mediation, particularly litigants in person - cost management
  • technology: the role of tech in enhancing the effectiveness and accessibility of mediation and arbitration processes - upskilling the workforce to deal with increased integration of technology

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from HMCTS; MOJ; NAO; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Clark

Chair, Civil Mediation Council

Lord Neuberger

Arbitrator, One Essex Court; and former President, Supreme Court (2012-2017)

Jonathan Wood

President, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Chair, International Arbitration, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Wood

President, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Chair, International Arbitration, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Rebecca Clark

Chair, Civil Mediation Council

Lord Neuberger

Arbitrator, One Essex Court; and former President, Supreme Court (2012-2017)

Kim Wager

Head of Dispute Resolution Policy, Ministry of Justice

Speakers

Roger Levitt

Mediator, Roger Levitt Mediation

Richard Miller

Head of Justice, The Law Society

Martin Ellis

Chair, College of Mediators

Professor Pablo Cortés

Chair in Civil Justice, University of Leicester

Simon Hammond

Director of Claims Management, NHS Resolution

Johnny Shearman

Practice Group Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch

Managing Director, Cortex Capital

Stephanie Needleman

Legal Director, Justice