The European Court has upheld the long-standing principle that parties to a dispute should be able to choose their lawyers without having to go through a tender process (or use a framework).
Our experienced mediation team can support commercial businesses through every step of the mediation process, saving time and money.
Mediation can help organisations resolve disputes without the disruption of contested court proceedings, as well as limit the potential damage to an organisation’s reputation. We provide experienced, insightful representation and guidance throughout the process of mediation. Mediation often provides solutions in seemingly impossibly situations.
At an early stage, judges encourage attempting mediation as a means to resolve disputes and in many cases it is very successful, with around 75%-80% of cases reaching a binding settlement.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors we use our extensive sector knowledge and experience of working with social enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals, community-led enterprises, public-sector spin outs, tenant management organisations and values-driven businesses to guide social business organisations through the mediation process and to reach workable outcomes.
Our mediation service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our mediation team has extensive experience of dispute resolution through mediation and have many years of experience working with clients in the social-business sector. Our committed mediation team has supported clients through mediation on the following:
- Resolving public-procurement disputes.
- Addressing workplace issues to address dysfunctional teams, relationship or performance capability issues and any situation within an organisation that is impacting on effectiveness.
- Resolving disputes between an organisation and its tenants and/or customers.
- Resolving serious disputes that disrupt an organisation and might have reputational consequence or risks.
- Resolving difficulties with suppliers and contractors, and other parties.
- Settling property disputes, such as between commercial landlord and tenant, or between adjoining owners.
Our multi-disciplinary, dispute-resolution team includes accredited mediators, such as Andrew Lancaster, a CEDR accredited mediator. We work with clients to provide training in skills that enable organisations to effectively manage disputes, should they arise.
Andrew is a Partner in our construction and public procurement team operating within the local government, care and social housing sectors. He is a specialist in helping clients to manage construction
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On 23 July, trainees from Anthony Collins Solicitors will host an ‘experience day’, which will involve various activities and presentations, with lawyers and non-lawyers from across the firm.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has launched a new scheme specifically for charities and not-for-profit organisations who want to advise EU citizens on UK settlement.
In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.
The Government has resurrected its plans to cap the termination payments for exiting employees in the public sector.
Under most construction contracts, the contractor takes on the ground conditions risk. However, a recent case has demonstrated that the risk can fall on the employer.
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