Tel: 0191 232 1927
With his background of being a full time employment tribunal judge for many years that also involved him in undertaking judicial mediations, Michael is now a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator. He mediates all aspects of civil and employment law disputes.
As a retired employment judge, Michael is also able to offer Early Neutral Evaluation of employment disputes - covering either the case as a whole or specific legal issues. This service can be particularly useful in facilitating early settlement of cases involving complex points of law, such as many equal pay, discrimination and ‘whistle-blowing’ cases.
Michael is a non-practising solicitor whose career has focused on employment law dispute resolution as follows:
As a retired employment judge, with considerable experience of hearing complex cases, Michael can offer Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) of employment disputes. Complex equal pay and discrimination cases are amongst the cases in which ENE could be particularly valuable.
The ENE procedure is flexible and there are cases, particularly those concerning a single issue, where an evaluation can be given in writing after consideration of written submissions and other documents. An alternative model involves a meeting at which the parties or their main witnesses make short statements (without interruption or cross-examination) and the representatives outline their cases and refer to their authorities. Both parties attend to hear the evaluation at the same time and it is then confirmed in writing. The evaluation is confidential to the parties and non-binding.
ENE gives the parties the opportunity to re-evaluate their positions and consider settlement at an early stage. Sometimes an ENE is followed by mediation (the parties being free to appoint a person other than the evaluator). In other cases, the parties discuss settlement through their representatives without the intervention of a mediator.
Facilities for an ENE can be provided in Chambers. Michael can also conduct ENEs outside the region.
CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator
Brasenose College Oxford - Jurisprudence - MA
Outside of his mediation practice, Michael enjoys playing tennis, horse-riding and the work of Gilbert & Sullivan.
For any queries regarding mediation or Early Neutral Evaluation, including availability, fees and booking, please contact Steve Walker in the civil clerking team.