George Lim SC of Wee Tay & Lim takes an in-depth look at the history and development of mediation in Asia:
"While arbitration currently appears an attractive way to resolve cross-border disputes, mediation is clearly a more timely and cost-efficient method of dispute resolution. In my view, it is only a matter of time before the international business community comes to the realisation that they should routinely attempt mediation before resorting to litigation or arbitration."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Rosemary Howell of Strategic Resolution, Kenneth Feinberg of Feinberg Rosen, Tim McFarlane of McFarlane Legal, Jonathan Lux of Stone Chambers, Patricia Barclay of Bonaccord Ecosse and Machteld Pel of Pel Mediation to discuss the types of disputes, increasing sophistication of users, the popularity of mediation, and changes in the market in their jurisdiction.
Paul Lurie of Schiff Hardin and Jeremy Lack of Jeremy Lack Esq analyse the key principles behind the Guided Choice process:
"The Guided Choice process is about shortening the period to settlement and thus reducing the expense without compromising on quality, while allowing parties greater control over their expenses and the outcomes they can achieve."
Caroline Preston of Strategic Dispute Resolution explores the Irish response to the 2008 European Mediation Directive:
"As with other European Union countries, there is a widely held view among practitioners here that the practice of mediation is set to grow exponentially, given the clear advantages that it has for the swift and cost-effective resolution of disputes."
We recognise 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators, and each should be considered to be among of the outstanding experts in their jurisdiction. Our listing encompasses sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers.
We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.
The economic upheaval of recent years has prompted altered practices across the commercial world, not least a hardening of attitudes in boardrooms towards legal spend, which has direct ramifications on the resolution of disputes. With clients more than ever looking for cost-effective ways to resolve – or avoid – such conflicts, an opportunity has arisen for the world’s leading commercial mediators to further establish mediation as a viable, attractive and effective method of addressing these concerns worldwide.
This year we recognise 301 of the leading commercial mediators, selected for their outstanding skills and experience in the area. Our research reveals that mediation remains firmly in the hands of individuals, small boutiques and, increasingly, barristers’ chambers. The only truly international mediation provider in our research is JAMS, which this year boasts 18 inclusions across Italy, Canada and the US. We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world, three of whom hail from Brick Court Chambers in London.
In our 2013 edition we feature 46 more practitioners than last year, hailing from 49 countries. This growth is due to the spread of mediation around the world and the increasing sophistication of practitioners. Although mediation has become much more accepted in many areas of the world, mediators still face an uphill struggle to protect the key tenets of the process and mediations are becoming much more complex, international and specialised.
With the benefit of tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in commercial mediators legal marketplace worldwide.
This year we recognise 252 of the leading commercial mediators and firms, selected for their reputation and experience.
With the benefit of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends within commercial mediation.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.