HIVE ANNUAL SOIREE 

Panel Debate

Hit or Miss:

Should Mediation Be Mandatory In The Workplace?

Thursday 17th October  5.30pm - 8.30pm

Bloomsbury,

London

About this event:

Hive organises a social event (Soiree) for mediators and professionals in dispute resolution to discuss an industry hot topic each year. This year our panel of experts will debate whether workplace mediation should be mandatory. 

There will be ample opportunities for both attendees and presenters to engage in a light debate about the subject matter; in fact we encourage our audience to come prepared to share opinions on the topic.  Compulsory mediation is certainly not new to the mediation sector (parties may be directed to mediation in some commercial cases and in some family law cases): During this event speakers will also consider if workplace mediation may evolve to be mandatory for parties to some extent.

Here are some of the discussion points we will consider as part of this debate:

  • If mediation is mandatory can it be enforced? Juxtaposed against the notion that mandatory mediation can help overcome resistance to mediation.

  • Voluntary mediation undersells the 'magic of mediation' vs the idea that if mediation is mandatory it loses its appeal as it is no longer party directed.

  • Is self-determination working for workplace mediation? Are parties in conflict best placed to make this call?

Chair: David D'Souza will guide the conversation

David is CIPD's Head of Engagement & London, a regular keynote speaker and writer on people and the world of work, focusing on the links between behavioural science and HR/L&D - and on the impact, opportunities and risks of automation and artificial intelligence

Read more about David here on LinkedIn 

Arguing for the motion

Katherine Graham, Chair of the Board of Directors - CMP Resolutions

Katherine has been instrumental in developing CMP Resolutions into the conflict management powerhouse it is today, she is an author, mediator and advocate for equality in the workplace.

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Sheila is an international business and dispute resolution professional. She was accredited as mediator by CEDR in 2007. Her experience has been gained in HR, Workplace and Employment, ICT, automotive, professional services, finance and public sector organisations.

More on Sheila's professional background

Sheila is an international business and dispute resolution professional. She was accredited as mediator by CEDR in 2007. Her experience has been gained in HR, Workplace and Employment, ICT, automotive, professional services, finance and public sector organisations.

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Sheila Bates

Partner Fusion HR, Global HR Strategy, Mediator and Dispute Resolution Consultant

Arguing against the motion

David established The TCM Group (TCM stands for Total Conflict Management). He is an influential leader in the the dispute resolution industry and a well known advocate for putting mediation at the heart of workplace dispute resolution schemes.

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David Liddle, CEO of The TCM Group 

Claire Knowles, Partner - Employment at Acuity Law

Claire is an employment law specialist, providing commercially focused advice on all aspects of employment law and HR matters. Her portfolio includes advising clients on effective management of complex employee relations and dispute resolution.

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