In this Issue
Newsletter – Issue 001
Mediation – A New Area for Solicitors and Barristers.
Mediation is quickly becoming established as a new and different method or process of dispute resolution and accordingly there are misperceptions and lack of knowledge as to how it actually works or will work in practice and as to what will be the role of the solicitor and barrister and what it will mean for the practitioner.
Current Legal Environment in relation to Mediation.
The most recent change was brought about by SI 539 of 2009 Circuit Court Rules effective 1st January 2010 as a result of which, in Family Law proceedings a Judge or County Registrar my now adjourn proceedings for 28 days and invite the parties to use an ADR process to settle or determine the proceedings or issue.
The Role of Solicitors and Barristers in Mediation.
The solicitor / barrister will decide with his/her client on the role to be played by the lawyer in the mediation. Essentially this role will fluctuate between “hands off” at one extreme – letting the client off on his own to pursue his own position in the process and come back thereafter; “hands on” at the other extreme in which the solicitor and/or barrister may effectively be the spokesperson for the client in plenary sessions of the mediation; or, more likely somewhere in between
Mediate Ireland opens mediation rooms in Clonmel.
Mediate Ireland provides mediation services all over Ireland, has now opened a dedicated suite of mediation rooms in Clonmel just a short walk from Clonmel Court House. The mediation suites are a great neutral venue within 1 hour of Cork, Limerick, Waterford or Portlaoise. Alternatively mediators can travel to an agreed location anywhere in Ireland.
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