The first book to focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) post the Jackson reforms, this essential and practical guide follows recommendations by Lord Justice Jackson in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs that an authoritative handbook for ADR should be prepared. Lord Justice Jackson envisaged that this handbook would be on the desk or in the briefcase of every judge or lawyer dealing with mediation issues and should also be commonly used in Judicial College and Continuing Professional Development training sessions. With the assistance of an eminent Editorial Advisory Board, this work has been designed to assist practitioners and take account of the vital role ADR has to play in reducing the costs of civil disputes by fomenting the early settlement of cases. The book provides a practical resource for judges, litigators and others involved with ADR in a concise and user-friendly format. It includes an in-depth overview of the different options and principles of ADR, as well as sections on: the interplay between ADR, CPR and litigation; negotiation; mediation; recording and enforcing settlement; and other alternative dispute resolution options, as well as giving a summary of the international perspective. Additional materials such as mediation providers and specimen documents are available on a companion website.
Susan Blake spent several years in practice at the Bar dealing with a variety of civil cases in all levels of courts. She was formerly Course Director of the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law (now part of The City Law School), having played a major part in devising and implementing the BVC. She became Director of Studies in 1998, and has been an Associate Dean at City Law School, London, since 2003. She is Programme Director for the LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution that was introduced in 2010. She is the author of A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation and co-author of A Practical Approach to ADR, both published by Oxford University Press, Julie Browne is a deputy course director of the bar vocational course at City University London, where she teaches advocacy, civil litigation, drafting, company law and commercial law. She was called to the Bar in 1989 and during 10 years in full-time practice, she undertook a wide variety of general civil and commercial work, including insolvency, company and property litigation. She is the series editor of the 14 bar vocational manuals, a contributor to Blackstone's Civil Practice, and co-author of A Practical Approach to ADR, both published by Oxford University Press. She is also an experienced CPD trainer in advocacy, evidence, case preparation, drafting, and litigation. Professor Stuart Sime is the course director of the full-time bar professional training course at City University London, where he teaches civil litigation, commercial and company law. He was a practising barrister until 2005. In his early career he spent a number of years in the litigation department of the Treasury Solicitor's Office. He is joint Editor of Blackstone's Civil Practice, the author of A Practical Approach to Civil Procedure and co-author of A Practical Approach to ADR, all published by Oxford University Press.