On 5 April 2011, Herbert Smith held a webinar to update clients and contacts from a range of industry sectors on ADR developments. The webinar was presented by Alexander Oddy, partner in the Litigation and Arbitration division and head of the firm's ADR practice, Ian Gatt QC, partner in the Advocacy Unit and David Phillips, senior associate in the firm's core ADR team. All three speakers are accredited mediators. Topics included significant recent cases on mediation confidentiality and privilege, the implementation of the Mediation Directive in the UK and its impact on mediation practice, and changes to the way mediation is being used in commercial disputes.

Notable points for debate included implementation of the Mediation Directive in England and Wales (see item 1 above), and contractual agreements to mediate.  The webinar is available to download here.