Prize giving for Becoming a Mediator course.

February 16, 2016

Cleaver Fulton Rankin were delighted to welcome back the participants of their  ‘Becoming a Mediator’ course for a prize giving in their Belfast offices. The ceremony celebrated all the candidates successfully completing the course and passing their final examinations.

The course was an initiative organised by Cleaver Fulton Rankin Associate Solicitor Julie-Ann McCaffrey, herself a qualified mediator and ran in their Belfast based offices. Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Head of Charity Law Sarah Burrows and Dispute resolution department Solicitor Rachael Gamble both successfully completed the training course.

The program was run in conjunction with the well respected training body, Mediation Academy Ireland. 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 course in mediation at Cleaver Fulton Rankin. The Academy has been training mediators since early 2014 and enjoys 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.”
The course was considered the next step in promoting alternative Dispute Resolution for the firm, Jonathan Forrester, a 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, Associate solicitor and course attendee 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.”