In recent years, as mediation has become more widely recognised as an alternative to litigation, increasing numbers of individuals and organisations have set themselves up either to train mediators, and/or to practise mediation.
Current practice standards are variable, to say the least: some practitioners have minimal training but years of practical experience; some have little or no experience at all but their training providers tell them that they can call themselves ‘accredited mediators’ just by attending their course, while others are offering something they call mediation, which unfortunately turns out to be something else altogether!
You can't have missed the social media storm that was dressgate.
It all started at a wedding in Scotland and like an apocalyptic pandemic it soon engulfed the entire world with everyone from Neuroscientists to The Washington Post and from US Senators to Kim Kardashian getting involved
One man in a moment of questionable judgement even rushed out to get a tattoo of a blue and black dress upon his person.
From today, Monday 9th March 2015, the UK government will be increasing the fees in the civil courts for money claims exceeding the value of £20,000. Under the new scale, fees will be calculated as 5% of the value of the claim, up to a ceiling of £10,000. Discounts will be applied to claims submitted electronically.
So, for example, if you issued proceedings for a £20,000 claim last Friday, you would have paid £610. If you do it today, it will cost you £1,000. But for a claim of £200,000, the fee goes up today from £1,315 to a whopping £10,000, almost a seven-fold increase! The aim is to raise more money to fund the courts
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