Volunteers are often the bedrock of charitable organisations, but they are not protected from sexual harassment within those organisations.
Our experienced mediation team can support co-operatives and mutuals through every step of the mediation process, saving time and money.
While it may not be compulsory, the court rules and judges strongly encourage mediation as an alternative means of settling disputes in the early stages. Mediation can be an effective method of resolving disputes with 75%-80% of cases reaching a binding settlement. We work in partnership with our clients using our sector knowledge to devise solutions in seemingly impossible situations.
We understand how damaging internal and external disputes can be distracting you from your key purposes. Our knowledge and experience of working with social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals, community-led enterprises, public-sector spin-outs, tenant management organisations and values-driven businesses enables us to help you to reach workable outcomes to disputes as quickly as possible.
Our committed mediation team provides insightful representation and guidance through every step of the mediation process. Mediation is a cost effective and efficient means to resolve disputes and is often less disruptive than costly and lengthy court proceedings and can reduce the risk to your organisation's reputation.
Our mediation service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our team has extensive experience of dispute resolution through mediation and has many years of experience supporting clients through mediation on the following:
- Resolving public-procurement disputes.
- Addressing workplace issues to address dysfunctional teams, relationship or performance capability issues and any situation within an organisation that is impacting on effectiveness.
- Resolving disputes between an organisation and its tenants and/or customers.
- Resolving serious disputes that disrupt an organisation and that may have reputational consequence or risks.
- Resolving difficulties with suppliers and contractors, and other parties.
- Settling property disputes, such as between commercial landlord and tenant, or between adjoining owners.
Our multi-disciplinary, dispute-resolution team includes accredited mediators, such as Andrew Lancaster, a CEDR accredited mediator. We work with clients to provide training in skills that enable organisations to effectively manage disputes should they arise.
Anthony Collins Solicitors provided a comprehensive, professional service from explaining the mediation process and timescales, to providing support in preparing prior to the day and assisting in deliberations during the session. The board was confident with the advice and guidance that was given, which avoided or explained any legal jargon thoroughly. Whilst it was a daunting process to go through, we were supported every step of the way.Client quote
We couldn’t have done it without you and we certainly could not have recovered our reputation to the significant extent we have without you…your clear advice and helpful encouragement has helped us through a difficult period.Client quote
…performed extremely well in the commercial mediation and represented us very professionally…clearly well prepared leaving the claimant with no doubt this case was being represented by a very professional legally astute individual.Client quote
Andrew is a Partner in our construction and public procurement team operating within the local government, care and social housing sectors. He is a specialist in helping clients to manage construction
Here at Anthony Collins Solicitors, we have been hard at work advising a charity client, BICMP, on its new music project, ‘Resonance’.
Currently, the only ground for divorce is irretrievable break down of a marriage. Following a consultation, the Government has announced its intention to reform the legal requirements for divorce.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently made some noteworthy changes to its guidance around data subject access requests (DSARs).
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The Times is looking for three or four charities to feature in their editions running in December 2019 and early January 2020.
Cliff Mills defines and talks about the importance of social value in his blog, and its potential within Greater Manchester.
Following a power outage at Anthony Collins Solicitors’ (ACS) Birmingham office, our employees and partners currently have limited functionality, including no access to emails.
Joint ventures present an opportunity for housing associations to build organisational capacity, the revenues from which could help deliver on wider social housing commitments.
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