Civil Mediation Council

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Introduction to the CMC[edit]

The Civil Mediation Council (CMC) is the recognised authority in England and Wales for all matters related to civil, commercial, workplace and other non-family mediation. It acts as the first point of contact for the Government, the judiciary, the legal profession and industry on mediation issues.

The CMC is a not for profit company limited by guarantee and operates as a charity. It has more than 400 members and provides major conferences and forums throughout the year. It also operates an accreditation scheme for organisations that provide mediation services.

Aims of the CMC[edit]

The CMC aims to

  • raise the profile of mediation in England and Wales
  • Broaden access to mediation and secure its more widespread use
  • Develop and regularise consistent mediation standards and quality assurance
  • Facilitate the emergence of an effective overall framework under which mediation in England and Wales will flourish

The Ministry of Justice has used the accreditation scheme provided by the CMC as a mark of quality assurance.

For more information on the CMC and to join visit the CMC website

Membership of CMC Member[edit]

Anyone with an interest in mediation can be a member of the CMC whether or not they are a mediator. Membership is also open to corporate and other bodies. The CMC provides information on mediation and also several training events throughout the year.

Registered Member[edit]

Registered membership is over and above general membership and is open to mediators and mediation providers. The main requirements for registration are:

  • successful completion of an assessed training course
  • current mediator experience
  • adherence to an acceptable ethical code (eg the EU Model Code of Conduct for Mediators)
  • professional indemnity insurance cover
  • continuing professional development
  • a published complaints procedure


The Civil Mediation Council (CMC) was established in the UK in 2003 under the chairmanship of Lord Justice Sir Brian Neill to be the neutral and independent body to represent and to promote civil and commercial mediation as alternatives to litigation and thereby to further law reform and access to justice for the general public[1]. It followed an initiative by mediator and barrister Jonathan Dingle to build on unsuccessful attempts to provide a single unified voice for civil and commercial mediation in the United Kingdom. On 11 December 2007, the CMC elected Lord Gordon Slynn of Hadley, the international jurist, as its President and Lord Justice Sir Henry Brooke, a former Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, as its Chairman.

Officers of the CMC (2017)[edit]

Chair: Sir Alan Ward

Immediate Past Chairman: Sir Henry Brooke

Vice-Chair: Katie Bradford (until 8 February 2017)

Treasurer: Richard Schiffer

Hon. Secretary: Iain Christie

The Board of the CMC[edit]

The Board of the CMC, in addition to the Chair, the Vice Chair, the Secretary and Treasurer, also includes:

  • Heather Allen - Director/Individual Board Member
  • Amanda Bucklow - Director/Individual Board Member
  • Peter Causton - Director/Individual Board Member
  • Paul Randolph - Director/Individual Board Member
  • Nichola Evans - Director/ProMediate
  • Chris Wilford - Director/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Andy Rogers - Director/CEDR
  • Dominic Stanton - Director/The Academy of Experts
  • David Pearson - Independent Director
  • David Richbell
  • Caroline Sheridan

Committees of the CMC Board[edit]

  • Communications Committee
  • Education and Academic Committee
  • Financial, Fundraising and Development Committee
  • Government Relations Committee
  • Mediation Sectors Committee
  • Standard, Registration and Accreditation Committee

Members of Committees[edit]

Mediation Sectors Committee[edit]

  • Heather Allen - Chair
  • Alan Jacobs - Commercial
  • Bruce Bourne - Community and Restorative Justice
  • Iain Christie - Family and Peer
  • Mike Lind - Online and Technology
  • Caroline Sheridan - Workplace and Employment


Further reading[edit]

Dispute Resolution Commitment: Guidance notes on the Dispute Resolution Commitment MoJ consultation, “Solving disputes in the county courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system - A consultation on reforming civil justice in England and Wales” See, in particular section 3 (which sets out proposals relating to ADR).

Resolution of the European Parliament regarding the implementation of Directive 2008/52/EC on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters in member states, its impact on mediation and its take-up by the courts (13 September 2011):

UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules – UN Resolution 35/52 adopted by the General Assembly on 4 December 1980

UNCITRAL Model Law on Conciliation – UN Resolution 57/18 adopted by the General Assembly on 24 January 2003

EU Code of Conduct for Mediators adopted in July 2004

EU Mediation Directive – Directive 2008/52/EC of the European parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008

Access to Justice Final Report by The Right Honourable The Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, July 1996 National Archives (UK)

Review of Civil Litigation Costs Final Report by The Right Honourable Lord Justice Jackson, December 2009

HM Government ADR Pledge announced by the Lord Chancellor in March 2001

Resolving Workplace Disputes - Department of Business Innovation & Skills, January 2011

Solving disputes in the county courts – creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system: Ministry of Justice, March 2011