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Mediation and Dispute Resolution for In-house Lawyers Training Course

Mediation and dispute resolution can be seen as a distraction and a waste of time but, in reality, mediation has a high degree of success - if the process is handled correctly. Are you up to speed and able to avoid going to court?

21 Jun 2022 + 2 more dates

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  • Format: Live online
  • CPD: 3 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion


Disputes occur everywhere in life and business but it’s how we deal with them that counts. Too often dispute resolution is seen as a distraction and a waste of time but the reality is that mediation has a high degree of success. Working through disputes using mediation as a proven tool can achieve successful outcomes while saving time, money and also preserving relationships in ways that litigation often cannot. 

In the ninth mediation audit by The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), covering the period to September 2020, the number of mediations carried out in England and Wales increased by 38% (from 12,000 mediations in the 2018 report, to 16,500 mediations in the 2020 report) with an overall settlement rate of 93%, an improvement from 89% in the 2018 audit. 73% of cases were settled on the day and a further 21% settled shortly afterwards, thanks to progress made at the mediation itself. 

The number of online mediations prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was only 2%. As might be expected, this jumped dramatically to 89% during the period between March and September 2020.

It could save your company a lot of time and money if employment disputes and disputes with external suppliers could be dealt with quickly and effectively using mediation. This webinar is a practical introduction to the complete process, covering everything from choosing a mediator, to getting the most out of the process. 

Who should attend?

This interactive webinar has been specifically tailored for lawyers, especially in-house lawyers dealing with employment disputes. It is also crucial learning for anyone involved in dispute resolution, including employment issues aswell as external disputes.

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The Mediation and Dispute Resolution for In-house Lawyers course will cover:

The background and objectives of mediation

When is mediation right for you and your dispute?

Selecting and agreeing upon a mediator

Choosing a venue and consideration for your attendance

Preparation for the mediation

A virtual mediation as an alternative

The process and what to expect during the mediation

Reaching an agreement and documenting this

What if you cannot agree?

Charges to expect for mediation and who pays

Steps along the way and after mediation, including settlement / round-table meetings

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Richard Allen

Richard Allen brings approaching 40 years of unique commercial experience to his roles within Burcher Jennings, Validatum and Virtual Pricing Director. He was one of the first professionals to achieve Costs Lawyer status, and is one of a select group of Costs Lawyers to have made partner in a solicitor’s practice.

Since starting out in 1983, Richard has worked his way through both fee earning and costs, dealing with commercial debt recovery, bankruptcy and insolvency, before specialising in personal injury litigation and developing costs expertise. His exceptional work has seen him handling significant litigation and costs caseloads for major City of London, West End and national law firms.

During his career, Richard’s expertise has seen him instrumental in establishing several litigation and costs departments and managing costs teams across multiple office locations, as well as having a central role managing a regional law firm as a partner. Richard has set-up and managed a Costs Department for a top 100 national law firm, in addition to having a significant management role in that practice.

Richard plays a pivotal role in driving the full-service nature of the business, working with clients to boost profitability through a focus on pricing, costs, project and case management, as well as funding. He frequently provides advice in other areas, especially retainers, costs budgeting,
time capture and recovery, WIP valuation, as well as procurement and tender applications. Richard has significant expertise in forensic costs audits and fee disputes, as well as law firm financial due diligence.

He is an experienced trainer, delivering masterclasses in pricing and costs across the UK and internationally, as well as developing bespoke training
programs for clients. He coaches businesses and individuals, who benefit from his hands-on, practical experience. Richard is also a consultant with Validatum, the leading international legal services pricing consultancy and ground-breaking pricing tech business, Virtual Pricing Director.

Richard is a founding and the longest serving non-executive director of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB), an accredited counter fraud technician and an accredited mediator. He regularly gives presentations to law firms, the bar, accountants and insurers, on a wide range of subjects. He is accredited by CLSB as a Training Provider (CPD).

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Book Mediation and Dispute Resolution for In-house Lawyers Live online training

NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

21 Jun 2022

Live online

13:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
14:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
08:30-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 12051

  • GBP 299 349
  • EUR 429 499
  • USD 501 579

Until 19 May

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19 Sep 2022

Live online

13:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
14:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
08:30-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 12052

  • GBP 299 349
  • EUR 429 499
  • USD 501 579

Until 15 Aug

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6 Dec 2022

Live online

13:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+00)
14:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+01)
08:30-12:00 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 12053

  • GBP 299 349
  • EUR 429 499
  • USD 501 579

Until 01 Nov

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price.

Multiple colleagues? See above for details of our discounts for 2, 3, or 4 delegates. For more, talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
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