Mike Talbot interviewed for Law Society Gazette

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Our CEO & Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, was recently interviewed by The Law Society Gazette, who were interested in his opinion regarding compulsory mediation. The article, which appears in this week’s issue of the magazine, analyses the resistance to compulsory mediation among legal professionals, who often don’t want to lose control, and clients, who want their day in court.

Here’s an extract:

Dr Mike Talbot, chief executive of UK Mediation, which he founded in 1999 (the same year as the Woolf reforms) says efforts to force litigants into conciliation processes can be counter-productive. ‘The harder you push somebody to do something they don’t want to do, the harder they are going to push back,’ Talbot says. ‘I have done mediations where people are mandated, and they sit with arms folded and hardly open their briefcase. They don’t want to be there and it’s a drudge.’

You can read the article in full on the Law Society Gazette website.