Mediation proving its worth

Approval of the performance of mediators among lawyers is fairly high, with about 80% of them getting a nod of approval in a bi-annual survey – or Mediation Audit – from CEDR (see News). Which means that around one in five of them didn’t perform up to lawyers’ expectations, for which of course there could be many reasons, such as the mediation didn’t go quite the way the lawyer hoped.

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No end in sight to procurement woes

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) had barely started to recover from the severe mauling it was given in March by the High Court over the Magnox fiasco when along comes another shaming investigation into the same events. If anything the latest scrutiny, from the National Audit Office (NAO), is even more damning about government contract negotiating and management skills than the High Court was.

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