University of Hertfordshire's School of Law is delighted to welcome Sir Alan Ward, Chair of the Civil Mediation Council, and retired Court of Appeal Judge to present on why mediation is good for you.

Why Mediation is good for you

As a long-time advocate of mediation as a means of settling disputes during his judicial career, Sir Alan has noted how, "In court success is measured by blood on the court floor: in mediation success is measured by the tears of relief that a horrid experience has ended and new life can begin."

Sir Alan will use his extensive knowledge and expertise to explain the process of mediation, how it works and make the case for why it should rightly be considered an integral and essential part of civil dispute resolution whilst saving UK companies approximately £2.4billion a year by mitigating the costs associated with: wasted management time, damaged relationships, lost productivity and legal fees (CEDR: The Mediator Audit 2014)

About the speaker

Sir Alan Ward was called to the Bar in 1964 and served as a High Court judge for seven years before being elevated to sit in the Court of Appeal.  After 18 years of giving leading judgments on a wide range of civil disputes, including many of a commercial nature and relating to the workplace, he reached the mandatory judicial retirement age in 2013.  Sir Alan is now the currently Chair of the Civil Mediation Council; a CEDR mediator; qualified family law arbitrator and Associate Member of Queen Elizabeth Building barristers' chambers.

More information

Event registration will open at 17:30 and the lecture will start at 18:00

Car parking is free of charge for this lecture, a permit will be sent to you with booking confirmation a week prior to the event.


This is a free of charge public lecture. 

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