n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
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
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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