Following the announcement of a snap election in June 2017, CIArb Director General Anthony Abrahams said:
CIArb continues to work with policy makers across the political spectrum to promote all forms of private dispute resolution. We are pleased that the Government are appointing a Small Business Commissioner to promote ADR and that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recently announced that binding arbitration has a key role to play in their business strategy. These initiatives have involved extensive dialogue in the policy development process between members and decision makers, including through our Party Conference programme. It was also welcome news that the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon recently pledged £1.2 million to train women in conflict zones in mediation skills. We will keep up the pace through and beyond the snap election on June 8 2017.
Our response to the Industrial Strategy Close the Gap very much forms our manifesto for the next Parliament. The time for change in dispute resolution is now. Working together across the country with our membership, businesses, the courts and government will make all the difference.