Mediation in the U.K.

Posted on February 11, 2018


I came across an article about an English mediator that first appeared in 2012. It can be found at In the article an attorney explains why he spurned a career of litigation for one in mediation. The attorney/mediator, Neal Robinson, said the following to explain the draw of mediation:

“It’s all about the balance between intuition and rapport” … There’s a dialogue with the client going on, but at the same time there’s a checklist in the back of your head of things you want to cover by the end of the session.”

Mr. Robinson then added that mediators have to be optimists: “If not, they shouldn’t be doing it.”

Mediation offers an optimistic view of how parties can deal with matters of personal dispute. When you trust the parties to resolved their differences, they usually rise to the challenge. Mediators know this truism for their own professional experiences. Mediate don’t litigate.