Don't believe a word...

Ken Clarke says mediation "is quicker, cheaper, less confrontational and it encourages people to resolve their issues rather than turning to judges and lawyers" - Ministry of Justice, 23rd January 2012


  1. I love how it never seems to occur to Ken Clarke that people don't go to court for fun, andthat most of us, as lawyers, spent a lot of our time encouraging people to go to mediation, to try collaborative law, and to negotiate agreements rather than fighting it out in court.

    He doesn't seem to grasp that people often need legal advice about the effect of the agreement they are considering, in mediation, and some advice about what their options are, before they are in a position to effectively mediate.


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