Alternative Dispute Resolution

2017/18 Annual Report

The Law Society is a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) and the Council of the Law Society will take into consideration the recommendations of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee in considering its decision on re-accreditation and accreditation. During the year, the Committee considered and recommended applications for accreditation and re-accreditation.

As an RMAB, the Law Society should have a suitable process for complaints against mediators it accredits. A suitable complaints resolution process is under consideration by the Committee and Nicoletta Ciffolilli and Marcus Pullen have been designated a working group for that purpose.

Also under consideration are amendments to the criteria for appointment to the Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Mediators created by the Law Society. Those amendments are under further consideration by the Committee as a result of the input from the Council.

The Committee also discussed the difficulty of mediators in regional areas obtaining sufficient CPD points for compliance with the NMAS. Avenues for dealing with this are being explored, but without any immediate solution being seen.

The Committee also considered whether the Law Society should be proposing that there be a requirement for Genuine Steps Statements before litigation is commenced.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford,