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International risk team: Mediating in a time of social distancing

16 June 2020. Published by Naomi Vary, Partner and Damon Brash, Senior Associate

The new, and arguably more relaxed, government guidance notwithstanding, it seems inevitable that the COVID-19 crisis will leave people more cautious about face-to-face meetings. Nonetheless, disputes will continue, and so must efforts to resolve them.

Not being able to meet physically does not necessarily need to hamper alternative dispute resolution: mediating by Zoom or similar platforms may not be that new but the current climate has brought it into sharp focus as a viable and effective means of bringing cases to a successful conclusion.

The process has some advantages and disadvantages over a conventional mediation. The purpose of this piece is to summarise some of these and to give some pointers for consideration in preparing for and attending a virtual mediation.

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