Twenty years on since the Woolf Reforms, Dominic Carman assesses mediation’s slow but steady march to the disputes mainstream
Mediation is big business. That much is evident from the 2018 Mediation Audit published biennially by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). It confirms that there were 12,000 mediations – up by 20% in two years and double the number in 2010 – involving £11.5bn in aggregate dispute value. Of these, 7,500 were ad hoc referrals while 4,500 originated from organised mediation schemes, such as NHS Resolution and the Court of Appeal scheme.