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Contact | Jan 15

CPD Talk it out and avoid heading to court >

Mediation is a better way of resolving disputes than heading to court. This

was the message at an Essex Centre event in November where Liz Repper, barrister and mediator at Keating Chambers, and Mark Borg, quantum expert at Hill International, were guest speakers.

Repper looked at why people might use mediation to seek to resolve their dispute. She explained that parties can reach solutions which courts cannot order; that it allows underlying issues to be addressed and protects confi dentiality. She also considered the recent cases on costs sanctions (because of a party’s unreasonable refusal to participate in alternative dispute resolution) and the question of whether a party can litigate its case proportionately. Borg, who has acted as a party representative at




The launch of the Committed to Construction in Humber & West Yorkshire Awards (CCIHWY) 2015 took place at the end of last year in Leeds attended by event sponsors Clugston Construction, Yorkshire Builders Federation, West + Machell, Rixonway Kitchens, LSS, Leeds College of Building,

Vinci Construction, Ambitemp and Keepmoat. The awards will be

held on 17 April at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. The event will showcase the professionalism, excellence and innovation that is at the heart of the West Yorkshire and Humber regions’ construction community.

The aim of the

awards is to celebrate the high quality work being undertaken by developers, supply chain, contractors, and professionals such as architects, engineers, consultants and end users. This will refl ect the dynamic nature of the industry from all sizes of company.

many mediations, compared mediation to adjudication. He considered some of the advantages of mediation, such as the potential to recover business and personal relationships. He also discussed practical considerations, including what happens on a mediation day, who to bring to the mediation and the use of experts (to give reports or attend the mediation).

“It was great to have the CIOB here to speak directly to the students on what is happening in the industry. Having the representatives from Hays was also a


Hill International’s Mark Borg, Keith Appleby, Essex Centre Chair, and barrister Liz Repper at the event.

huge bonus. This gave the students the opportunity to ask questions directly about job prospects, expected salary levels and also to get tips for future employment. BIM and IT skills seem to be two important skills that are becoming increasingly important. We use engagement with industry representatives such as today’s event to help continually improve our course offering to best prepare the students for their future careers. We very much appreciate the CIOB and Hays coming along to speak to the students.”

This year, the

event has joined forces with the CIOB Humber, York & North Yorkshire to extend its reach.

Paddy Warde, lecturer at Belfast Met, speaking about a recent CIOB Novus event at the college

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