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Mediation Clinic website- https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/mediationclinic/

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The Law School’s LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution was launched in 2010.  From the start it was clear that our enthusiastic students wanted to practice their skills in real-world disputes.  Mediation is something of a vocation: practitioners want their work to benefit society.  I therefore decided to start a Mediation Clinic.  This would enhance students’ education while also benefiting the wider society by offering a free mediation service.

The Clinic’s first case, an employment dispute, was referred by Strathclyde Law Clinic and conducted in October 2012 by two students, one an experienced mediator.  The successful resolution included payment of compensation and termination of an Employment Tribunal claim.  Over the next year the Law Clinic referred a number of employment disputes, most resulting in agreement.  The two clinics worked closely together to develop ways of working for the benefit of clients. 

May 2013 saw the Mediation Clinic’s formal launch, attended by the University’s Principal, Sir Jim MacDonald and a number of representatives of the justice system.  Following this the Clinic was invited to provide small claims mediation in Glasgow Sheriff Court, starting in February 2014.  Mediators from the Clinic are now a regular fixture at the “party litigants’ court” on a Friday afternoon, offering mediation on the spot or at a later date in cases with a maximum value of £3,000.

By the end of 2015 the Clinic had mediated in 79 small claims.  63% reached full agreement and settlement terms were fulfilled in 81% of these. The subject matter includes motor vehicles, landlord/tenant, building work, personal property, succession and unpaid bills.  Participants express a very high level of satisfaction with the service provided.  Other sources of referral continue, with some approaching the Clinic directly, and by the autumn of 2015 we had mediated our 100th case.  In March 2016 we started providing mediation in Lanark Sheriff Court.

Students are very positive about the Mediation Clinic, volunteering for administrative as well as mediation duties.  Feedback indicates that, for many, it is an essential supplement to the learning from the course and a key attraction in choosing Strathclyde.

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School Of Law

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Charlie Irvine

http://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/irvinecharliemr/

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