A second-year Sheffield Hallam University law student, Chloe Cartwright, has become an accredited mediator.
In June 2019, Chloe took part in a mediation course offered by SHU, supported by SHU Law and organised by the Society of Mediators. The five-day course taught the key skills, ethical requirements and behaviours needed to become a successful mediator. In order to qualify as an accredited mediator, the next step was to observe three ‘live’ mediations, which Chloe did in conjunction with the Free Mediation Project.
The Free Mediation Project is run by The Society of Mediators (SoM) and allows disputing individuals to experience and undertake mediation without having to pay a fee. The hope is that the parties involved in the dispute can resolve their case through mediation, thereby avoiding the need to go to court.
Chloe attended the Royal Courts of Justice to observe three ‘live’ mediations which included a small claims dispute, a civil claim and a commercial case. As a qualified mediator she will be registered with the CMC (Civil Mediation Council) and have professional indemnity insurance, enabling her to provide mediation services.
Chloe said “The mediations I observed enabled me to gain a vital insight into the skills and techniques needed to be an effective mediator. Many people aren’t aware of the option to mediate when it comes to disputes. Mediation is much underused and, done early enough, can help parties avoid drawn out and costly court proceedings.”
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