Civil Mediation Council

Speakers' Dinner to be held on Monday 11th May at Cafe Spice Namaste, Prescot Street, London

Followed by the main event on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at the Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London


6 hours mediation-specific CPD for CMC purposes

5 hours for BSB (CPD Provider ID Number 2111)

5 hours for SRA (CPD Ref: DVP/CMCO)

The CMC is delighted to announce that Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, will give the Keynote Speech at the Annual Conference on 12th May


The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (in the county of Dorset) became President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012 previously he was Master of the Rolls from 1st October 2009.


He was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1974 and made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 1993.


Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987, first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990 -1996. In 1996 appointed a High Court Judge, Chancery Division and then Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits for 2000-04.


Appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in January 2004,  a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (‘Law Lord’) in January 2007 and given a life peerage.


He is a “keen supporter” of mediation and that it should be seen as an "important adjunct to" the civil justice system and be part of every lawyer's legal education to ensure that all lawyers have a sound understanding and appreciation of mediation as an effective tool in resolving disputes.


He led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession and also served on the panel on fair access to the professions led by Alan Milburn.



08.30 – 09.15 Registration, refreshments on arrival


09.15 – 09.30 Welcome, Outline of the Day

Sir Alan Ward, CMC Chair 


09.30 – 10.00 KEYNOTE SPEECH

 “A View from on High”

The Rt Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court


10.00 – 11.15 “Mediation Meeting Participants’ Expectations?”

Panel Discussion including Q & A, led and moderated by Alex Oddy, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, with Panelists: Colin Masson (Group Claims Operations, Beazley Group Plc), Peter Harwood (former Chief Conciliator and Head of Profession for ACAS), Matthew Rushton (Deputy Managing Director, JAMS International) and Angela Doran (former Group Claims Manager for Tesco Plc)


11.15 – 11.45  REFRESHMENTS


11.45 – 1.00    Parallel Workshops:


1. Online Dispute Resolution – a question of when not if - an interactive session exploring the use of ODR presented by Mike Lind


2. Workplace Mediation – The latest developments in the field, adding value to commissioners and participants including Team Mediation and Organisation Diagnostics in mediation - presented by Clive Lewis OBE DL - of interest to anyone with an interest in workplace mediation irrespective of levels of experience


3. Community Mediation – current issues, including funding and spreading the net to include intergenerational mediation, restorative justice and advocacy - presented by Dr. Zaza Elsheikh MBBS (with background support of Bruce Bourne)


4. “Knotty Problems” – challenges to commercial mediators - identified and resolved? – interactive session moderated by Mark Mattison and Colin Manning with Heather Allen, Paul Randolph, Anthony Glaister and Andrew Parsons


13.00 – 14.00  LUNCH


14.00 – 15.00 “Talking to the Sceptics”

Interactive conversations in the art of encouragement and persuasion, led by Heather Allen


15.00 – 15.30  REFRESHMENTS


15.30 – 16.45 “Who’s Running The Show?”

How mediation processes should develop - Panel Debate, including Q & A, led by Bill Marsh with Bill Wood, Eve Pienaar and David Richbell.


16.45 – 17.15 CMC Update  - Registration and what it means Jon Siddall and Katie Bradford


17.15 – 17.30 Summary and CloseSir Alan Ward


Followed by


Conversation and networking over a glass or two of wine

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Join us for dinner at the wonderful Cafe Spice Namaste where under Master Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE, the chefs at Cafe Spice Namaste create culinary surprises drawing on local produce and fresh, seasonal ingredients, bringing together the flavours and spices of the various regions of the Subcontinent -- including Portuguese-inspired Goa -- with Cyrus’ native Parsee culture and sensibilities. Whether its seafood from the waters surrounding the Channel Islands, meat reared on sustainable farming practices on British land, or vegetables and pulses harvested in sympathetic climes, the ingredients and produce they use and the dishes they prepare reflect their commitment to quality and and the environment.

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The Member rate is £175 for the Conference or £250 for Conference and Speakers' Dinner. 

Non-member rates, rates for academics, full-time students and CMC recognised pro-bono organisations are also available.

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