The London Young Professionals Group continued its programme of events with a Mock Mediation aimed at providing a practical insight to the process of mediation.
The event took place at the firm's Fenchurch Street office on Wednesday 6 November and was led by Carl Troman, a mediator and barrister with 4 New Square. Attendees were asked to play the role of Claimant or Defendant in a fictional claim brought by a homeowner against her former solicitors and the architect who designed her property. The Claimant's fictional home had been severely damaged in bad weather and her case was that this was due to the architect's negligent design and the failure of her solicitors to ensure that the relevant completion documents had been provided.
Each group was led by members of DWF Fishburns Professional Indemnity Insurance Team who provided the legal advice; the attendees then came up with their case strategy and entered into negotiations with the other parties. Despite Carl's best attempts the case did not settle in the allocated time and the negotiations continued informally over drinks and canapés.
One attendee commented that the event "was really cleverly executed and realistic". Another thought that the real benefit was that "it was a practical session not just being lectured about mediations for an hour", adding "having been on a fair few training courses over the last seven months this one was definitely the best".
The London Young Professionals Group will look to re-run this successful event early in the New Year in addition to a variety of other networking events.
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