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Jane Cooksey

Dispute resolutions skills are far more important than having the knowledge to judge the matter

There seems to be a huge misunderstanding about the importance of a mediator in not judging the matter and instead relying on what the parties and their lawyers bring to mediation.  The lawyers who come with the parties often have a wealth of knowledge which is invaluable to keep advising their clients and advising the mediator with regard to risks, possibilities, likelihoods and the choices their party (and the other party) have in taking the steps that lead to settlement. What matters is allowing the best solution to arise in the process of mediation, not having a mediator who pushes and pulls it to where the mediator thinks it should go.

Hats off to Cressida Dick for speaking out on the benefits of mediation for gangs

If only we could bring the gangs together and get them into dialogue, as we would expect some amazing ideas to popcorn out of the gang members for how to make life better.

Instead of resentment, anger, worry, sleepless nights, annoyance and unresolved thought patterns…

Mediate it which means that you clarify the issues, expand, explore and discover what they mean really to you and to the other side and from those discoveries, find out how to get an end to all those problems the dispute or lack of communication is causing.  If parties have intention to seek settlement and full authority to make their own decisions, it always works.

Todays’ feedback

Thank you so much for so much sticking with our mediation and for your professionalism and dedication in bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion. You’ve relieved a huge amount of stress on my part and I can now focus my energies elsewhere.


In the thesaurus: kinship, acceptance, affinity, association, attachment, compatibility, fellow-feeling, rapport, fellowship, links, loyalty and relationship.  Here’s what Brene Brown says about it:  “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to.”

Divorce law must change as a result of the Owen and Owen case

When the lower court refuse to allow her to divorce her husband, Mrs Owen appealed but the Court of Appeal upheld the refusal to allow her divorce even though it accepted the marriage had broken down.  This was because a detailed list of unreasonable behaviour was contested.

Lady Hale, Supreme Court president and Lord Mance gave concurring judgments. Hale said she found the case ‘very troubling’ but said ‘it is not for us to change the law laid down by parliament – our role is only to interpret and apply the law that parliament has given us’.

Parliament must surely change the law to allow people to divorce a partner with whom the marriage has broken down even if that partner does not wish it.  Would the appeal have been any different if it had been the man asking for the divorce?

Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing

We congratulate city giant Hogan Lovells on creating a post to ensure their business runs with a diverse range of staff, inclusion and that the wellbeing of their staff matters.

Save the Family Drug and Alcohol Court

We understand that hard work has gone into the methods for helping families who produce addictive children and that the results are good but now the court may close in September.  See:


Recently we resolved a 30 year old dispute relating to property that no one thought would ever settle but us

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