On 25 March 2009, CEDR Solve, the services arm of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, launches the Personal Injury Unit, an initiative which acknowledges that in today's difficult financial climate, the PI field needs cost effective dispute resolution services. The formation of the new unit responds to pleas made by Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, and Sir Anthony Clarke, The Master of the Rolls, last year for greater encouragement and creative use of mediation as an alternative to expensive and unpredictable litigation.
The CEDR Solve Personal Injury Unit has formed a team of 30 specialist mediators, who provide a viable way to settle disputes of up to £100,000 in value. These include Half-day Mediations (4 hours + 2 hours of mediator preparation) and lower cost Telephone Mediations (in trials of Telephone Mediation in 2008, 80 per cent of cases were settled). The eValuate Service offers a unique independent evaluation of personal injury issues, for cases up to £50,000, by a panel of experienced, retired District Judges. eValuate is a paper-based service that replicates the likely outcome of an issue at trial.
CEDR Solve is launching the Personal Injury Unit at a discussion event kindly hosted by PI specialist solicitors Thompsons. The discussion on improving dispute resolution features a panel from the world of PI disputes. Chaired by Tony Allen, the panel includes Giles Eyre, Maurice Nichols and Kevin Smyth.
Speaking about the service Michael Tennant, former Chair of the District Judges Association said, "Costs incurred in modest value personal injury litigation are often wholly disproportionate. In its PIU range of products, CEDR has now produced a number of useful tools to assist resolution of these claims."
CEDR Chief Executive, Karl Mackie commented, "CEDR Solve believes that now is the time to encourage both advisers and parties to consider sensible alternatives to costly litigation. We hope that many claimants and defendants will use this service, as a means of achieving an agreeable settlement without incurring needless costs. It is encouraging that a number of major insurers as well as claimant lawyers have already expressed with interest in using this."
Notes to Editors:
CEDR Solve is the UK's leading Alternative Dispute Resolution provider and runs Europe’s largest commercial mediation service. CEDR Solve has managed 14,000 disputes covering every industry sector and a wide-ranging cross section of disputes and case values. Case studies are available on CEDR Solve's website - www.cedrsolve.com.
CEDR is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system.
For further information please contact:
Andy Rogers, CEDR, Telephone: +44(0)20 7536 6000, E-mail: email@example.com
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