On 25 April 2017 the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Wales Branch), 3 PB barristers, the SCMA and the Association of Wales & Border Counties Mediators greeted approximately 70 delegates to the Cardiff University 3rd Annual ADR Symposium at the Sir Martin Evans Anatomy Lecture Theatre.
Michael Morgan of the Association of Wales and Border Counties Mediators chaired the Symposium and Dominic de Saulles of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University made the closing remarks.
His Honour Judge Keyser QC provided a thought provoking keynote address with a view from the ‘Bench’ on the place of ADR in today’s justice system.
Andrew Goodman of the SCMA dissected the skills of the mediation advocate. Paul Newman of 3 PB barristers and the Wales Branch and Lise Seager, an independent mediator, posed the question - ‘Why does Mediation Take So Long?
The afternoon concluded with questions to a panel on how to choose a mediator. The panel comprised Owain Rhys James of Civitas, Cardiff and the Wales Branch, David Hudson of Acuity Legal, Cardiff and James Davison of 3 PB barristers.
Feedback included - ‘… an excellent and thought provoking event', 'Thank you for inviting us today to the symposium, which I found very insightful, with a lively discussion’, 'Well done' and 'Well done for today. Most enjoyable'.
The organisers look forward to welcoming Chartered Institute members and other professionals to the 2018 4th Annual Symposium in Cardiff and wish to thank both Dominic de Saulles and Cardiff University for the support and encouragement they have provided in 2017.