Law firm’s mediation skills go from strength to strength

Let’s shake on it……… Jonathan Forrester, (centre) Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, with successful Mediation training Course participants,  Jarlath Kearney, Elemental Consultants, and Colin Conway,  Director, Newell Stores
Let’s shake on it……… Jonathan Forrester, (centre) Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, with successful Mediation training Course participants,  Jarlath Kearney, Elemental Consultants, and Colin Conway,  Director, Newell Stores

Leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has marked another success for its mediation team, having successfully hosted a certified Mediation Training course delivered by The Mediation Academy of Ireland. This was a unique initiative offering clients and contacts of Cleaver Fulton Rankin to avail of specialised training to become qualified mediators.

The course involved five days’ intensive training consisting of lectures, role plays, presentations and assessments. The final assessment was completed by an external examiner from the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (“the MII”), an all-Ireland professional body that accredits mediation training courses which meet set training standards. Attendees at the training course were from a wide variety of companies and sectors, including the construction, insurance and retail sectors. A total of 11 individuals completed the training with all attendees passing the final assessment. All of the attendees are eligible to become members of the MII.

The most recent training course was an initiative organised by Cleaver Fulton Rankin Associate Solicitor Julie-Ann McCaffrey, herself a qualified mediator. Head of Charity Law at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Sarah Burrows and Solicitor Rachael Gamble both successfully completed the training course.

Jonathan Forrester, Director in the Dispute Resolution Department said, “Cleaver Fulton Rankin started to advocate mediation in the dispute resolution process several years ago, when the majority of our peers felt that an adversarial approach was the only way to get a result for a client.  Over the last number of years the judiciary in Northern Ireland has been enthusiastic in their promotion of mediation. Cleaver Fulton Rankin is actively ensuring that our clients and contacts understand that the mediation process can not only provide imaginative solutions to disputes but can also greatly reduce the costs of litigation.

“This team’s growing strength and expertise is a result of many years’ hard work and I am delighted that our efforts are being recognised by so many influential organisations and bodies.  We will continue to promote and lead the way in dispute resolution.”

Sarah Burrows, Head of the Charity Law Department and one of the successful attendees at the course said: “Although hard work, the training course offered by the Mediation Academy certainly prepares you for the change in emphasis when acting as a mediator. The Charity Law Team here at Cleaver Fulton Rankin are strong advocates of mediation as a cost effective alternative to other forms of dispute resolution for charities, in particular, given the current economic climate of substantial funding cuts within the third sector.”

Deborah Leonard, Course Trainer at the Mediation Academy commented, “The Mediation Academy wish to extend their warmest congratulations to everyone who participated in the recent training course in mediation. The Academy has been training mediators since early 2014 and enjoy an unprecedented result whereby 100% of those participating in the training courses proceed to successfully complete the independent MII assessments.  The Academy provides training courses country wide and are delighted with the success of their collaboration with Cleaver Fulton Rankin in Northern Ireland.”

According to Legal 500, a prestigious legal directory, which interviews lawyers and clients across the world, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is ‘deservedly at the top of the tree when it comes to dispute resolution; it houses industry experts who give 100%, every time’.

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