A Practical Guide to Mediation
CPD 3 hours
Registration and Coffee 9:30am
PEAT Outcome - Relevant legal knowledge
This seminar will provide an overview of mediation and the mediation process. It will provide an understanding of how a mediation is conducted. Gaining insight into the mediation process enhances a practitioner’s ability to get the best out of the process and optimum outcomes for clients. Understanding the process assists in assessing when mediation may be appropriate, and the opportunities it provides for cost effective solutions for clients. Additionally, the seminar will consider mediation advocacy - looking at what assists in representing someone in mediation; from initial preparations through to final resolution- what do you need to do as a solicitor/ representative to prepare for a mediation and what is expected of a solicitor/representative within the mediation. The seminar will include practical and interactive discussion and groupwork around these roles.
This seminar is suitable for all practitioners and trainees who are either involved in mediation or wish to gain further insight into the mediation process for themselves and their clients. It is applicable to mediation in all areas of civil law, including social welfare, commercial and employment law.
Kathleen Bolt is a solicitor, mediator, trainer and consultant with extensive experience as an employment and discrimination lawyer. She initially worked as civil practitioner in the areas of family, personal injury, then specialising in immigration and asylum law. She trained and accredited as a mediator with Core Solutions Group. She is a registered member of the Scottish Mediation Register. She regularly acts as an advocate in mediations involving complex employment and discrimination disputes in her role as a solicitor.
Kathleen tutors on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University in mediation and mediation advocacy and employment law. She provides specialist training in mediation skills and conflict resolution and in employment and equality law, with a particular interest in training those involved in the arena of health and disability.
She has mediated extensively with the Edinburgh Sheriff Court In Court Mediation Service and the Edinburgh Community Mediation Service, in addition to her own practice, which is principally focused on employment, workplace and discrimination mediation.