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23rd May 2018, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London




9.30 - 10.15


Session details to be announced shortly

10.15 - 11.00

Civil & Commercial MEDIATION

Bill Wood QC, chair of the Civil Justice Council's ADR Working Group and a leading commercial mediator, and Paul Randolph, CMC Board Member and established authority on the psychology of conflict, consider whether there is ever a good reason not to try and resolve a dispute through mediation, and talk about realistic proposals for automatic referral of civil claims to mediation. They will be joined by Kerry Greenidge from HMCTS who will be sharing the latest details concerning the development of the online court and mediation pilot projects.

11.30 - 12.15


John Taylor, Chair of the Family Mediation Council, and Robert Creighton, Chair of the Family Mediation Standards Board, discuss the self-regulation of family mediation, from its early development through to the present day and beyond, looking at both the practical issues that have arisen along the way and the current challenges the system faces.

12.15 - 13.00


14.00 - 14.45


Restorative justice brings offenders and victims into communication with each to repair the harm caused by a crime. This session will explore what restorative justice is and some of the key concepts that underpin its delivery. The speakers – Darren Carson, Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service, Linda Millington, the Restorative Justice Council and Lucy Jaffé, Why Me? - will discuss what happens during a restorative process and how it feels for victims and offenders to take part. The session will also look at possible reasons as to why restorative justice is not available to all victims and how these barriers can be potentially addressed. There will also be an opportunity for questions from and discussion with the audience.

The CMC Workplace Mediation Group hosts an interactive panel discussion between high profile speakers, who will explore the relationship between mental health and conflict, exchanging insights on:

• The current state of the workplace and how mental wellbeing fits into the picture

• Why  mediators need to address and understand mental health in the workplace

• Work related stress – key signs and triggers

• A mediator’s role  in managing mental health as well as related boundaries

The panel includes: Rachel Suff (CIPD), Jessica Sullivan (Care First), Suzy McCormick (Civil Service), Anthony Feildon (Psychologist).


14.45 - 15.30


This session provides insights into community mediation - Clients, methods, outcomes, and challenges. Community mediation addresses conflicts involving neighbour, tenancy, residential community, family, and safeguarding issues. It can also address dysfunctional relationships at work and problems arising from faith and cultural differences. It includes training and management in schools and colleges to create peer mediation schemes. The scope and volume of community mediation work means that it is a valuable training ground for all aspiring and practising mediators. But how does it work, and how is it funded? An interviewer and an experienced group of panellists will provide some answers.

15.30 - 16.30

All Mediation Panel

Speakers from each mediation sector discuss what we can learn from each other and take questions from the audience.


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