About the Society of Mediators at 218 Strand

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Mediation is a force for good in this country and the world at large. Practitioners and users recognise its near universal benefits across wide areas of human and corporate disputes, difficulties, and conflict. It is seen as an important adjunct to civil and in some cases criminal justice. In family law and community relations mediation is a major tool for beneficial change and reconciliation or resolution.

However, the availability of mediation, and knowledge and understanding about it, remains well below its proper place in the public awareness – or indeed in the minds of professionals and government. Some still fear the use of mediation shows weakness or a lack of determination to press on regardless. It is a tree-hugging option when chain saws are needed to cut down the opposition in the mindset of litigators.

The Society of Mediators, a registered charity, was formed in 2012 with the aim of changing this, of advancing public education and promoting for the public benefit the use of mediation as a real alternative to litigation in conflict resolution. It also aims to deliver the Free Mediation Project providing access to mediation which is free at the point of use to those who would not otherwise be able to access it through conventional providers. Finally SoM aims to offer information, training, and awareness within the legal profession with the aim of effecting a seed change in the approach to conflict.

Having already run a number of successful courses for Law Students and for Law Firms with a commitment to pro bono mediation schemes. The Society of Mediators was delighted to announce that it will be extending its Mediation Training Programme for 2017 to include a wider range of courses and to open these to bookings from the general public.
 

218 Strand Meeting Rooms

218 Strand Meeting Rooms

218 Strand - The Legal Address

218 Strand as a building is wholly licensed to The Society of Mediators. In order to fund its charitable projects of the Society is permitted to license space to lawyers, mediators and other ethical organisations in order to generate a small profit. This unique symbiosis is governed by committed Trustees who meet regularly to deliver the objectives.  Projects include The Free Mediation project as well as pro bono training for students and raising awareness amongst the wider public of mediation as an alternative to litigation. Within the building there are two Barrister's Chambers, five Law Firms and a number of corporate headquarters.

Additionally SoM are pleased to offer meeting rooms for conferences and joint settlement meetings as well as for arbitrations and mediations. Please see the 'Mediation Suites' tab at the top of the page for more details.

218 Strand Meeting Rooms

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