Alternative Dispute Resolution

2018/19 Annual Report

The Committee continues to seek to promote alternative dispute resolution and the involvement of lawyers in alternative dispute resolution.

The Law Society is a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). The Committee makes recommendations to the Council about accreditation of mediators.

The Committee also makes recommendations to the Council about inclusion of mediators and arbitrators on the panels of mediators and arbitrators maintained by the Society. During the year, the Committee considered and recommended applications for accreditation and re-accreditation.

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.

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

A CPD seminar was held in July 2018 on the topic “Advanced ADR Technology” and the Committee is continuing to investigate other CPD initiatives to develop practitioners’ skills in this area of practice.

The Committee notes with sadness the passing of former Committee member Stanley Kawalsky in 2018 and the resignation due to illness in May 2019 of the Convenor, Laurie James. Laurie has been the Chair of the Committee since its inception.

Both Stan and Laurie’s contribution to the Committee will be greatly missed.

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