Mediation in the Public Sector – Why Not?

11 May 2023, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Harry Spurr, Mark Shaw KC, Josef Cannon, Lyndsey Smith, Emily Heard


Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, WC1R 5JH



Traditionally, the public sector has been slow to exploit mediation to resolve its disputes. However the Ministry of Justice is now proposing mandatory mediation, and digital justice is on the horizon.

In addition, the Court of Appeal is considering whether to recognise a judicial power to stay litigation for parties to resolve their disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Is it time for the public sector to embrace negotiated dispute resolution more fully?

Cornerstone Barristers and IPOS Mediation are proud to co-host this free event at Gray’s Inn, followed by a drinks reception, where our panel of mediators and public sector litigators will consider the opportunities and challenges that mediation presents for public sector dispute resolution.


This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online tickets available. Please ensure you register for the correct ticket type. Book in-person tickets here and register for the webinar here.

As this is a joint event hosted by Cornerstone Barristers and IPOS Mediation, the details of everyone who registers for tickets will be shared between both organisations.

  • Programme

    Registration: 16:30 – 17:00

    Mediation seminar: 17:00 – 18:15

    Drinks reception: 18:15 – 19:00