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Andrew Goodman lectures on Mediation at Southampton Univerity

Tue, 17 January 2012

Dispute Mediation Consultancy's senior Associate Andrew Goodman, Professor of Mediation Studies at Rushmore University and convener of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) was joined by mediator Grant Vincent and Carolyn Cameron the DMC Operations & Support manager today, to give a comprehensive overview of 'mediation v litigation' to students at the Southampton Law School. The lecture was greeted with great interest and helped towards the student's understanding of dispute resolution as part of their 2 week work experience programme.

At one point Andrew discussed the 17 camels incident where a mediator reportedly helped to resolve a complex family estate distribution between  3 bedouins. It's all in the maths evidently but all parties were happy with the outcome as they were able to resolve their dispute with the aid of the mediator.

During the lecture we learnt that 1189 AD is the date for legal memory for legal purposes in the British juristiction and that real time costs of litigation include non-recoverable costs such as, loss of opportunity, broken relationships, impact on health through on-going stress and loss of repututaion through adverse publicity. The conclusion led to reason that Mediation can be considered as a considerable Saving rather than a Cost.

At another point Andrew used a student's hand bag to portray how a mediator can gather facts from parties, disseminate information to help facilitate a resolution to a 'widget' problem with his supplier.

Student participation continued throughout the lecture which maintained their interest throughout.

If you want to help your law students learn more about mediation give us a call on 07540 333 340 or email us to discus his availability.

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