Mediation Awareness Week - View of a Willing Spectator

DASLS Panel of Mediators put on a training event at Exeter University on the 7th October as part of their promotion of Mediation Awareness Week. The training was timed perfectly as the students were preparing for the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition which is taking place in Paris in February 2020.

 

John Loram began by having two students undertake a challenge while blindfolded.  John placed a pen between them which the students held using one forefinger each. John explained he was merely placing the pen between their fingers, it was up to them what they did with the pen.  They both moved around at first quite nervously but soon became quite confident despite their blindfolds.  When they dropped the pen John would pick it up, but off they went again until eventually, after they spoke openly between them, they managed to mirror each other's movements to keep the pen moving intact between their fingertips. This put the role of a mediator into perspective – they don’t dictate the conversation, they get the conversation started and during difficult periods get the conversation back on track.

 

We then watched a video of a mediation Jeremy Ferguson had conducted. This was extremely interesting to watch, particularly as the students (including me!) had never actually seen a real mediation before. It demonstrated how a mediator has to think on their feet, particularly if like Jeremy, they hadn’t had an opportunity to read the paperwork beforehand.

 

The second half of the seminar saw the students undertake a mock mediation in which I was able to participate. The students were excellent, all but one of the groups managed to reach an agreement where they decided they needed a Judge to assist as they were unable to reach an agreement.  

 

In my particular group, I thought the student mediator did an excellent job of managing our (some would say difficult) characters, and I believe the students are set for success at their up and coming mediation competition.

 

I would like to thank the DASLS Panel of Mediators for a very informative and entertaining training afternoon.

 

Elle West – Trainee Solicitor at Everys

Shortlisted for Rising Star at DASLS Legal Awards 2019.

 

To contact DASLS Mediators

Mob. 07840 57 17 53

daslsmediation@gmail.com

 

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