On Wednesday 25th November, FitzGerald Consulting director and Business Interruption specialist, Gerald Williams, was delighted to be awarded a prestigious qualification in mediation skills, having successfully completed a course run by CEDR, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.
CEDR Mediation Skills Training is internationally recognised as the gold standard of excellence in mediation. Founded in 1990 as an independent, non-profit organisation, CEDR now operates globally across a multitude of business, industry and government sectors, and offers a wide variety of courses in various areas of dispute resolution.
Gerald attended their London-based course over a period five days at the beginning of October, along with 23 other students drawn from across many different areas of industry and commerce. The first three days comprised intensive lectures and hands-on role-play sessions. These were followed by two days of assessments when the students were examined in four key competencies: Relationships, Process, Content and Settlement Agreement drafting.
Gerald decided to do the course following Market research which suggested that there is a distinct shortage of Mediators with specialist Business Interruption knowledge and because he was enthusiastic about extending the skills gained from his career in loss adjusting into a new and rapidly expanding field.
FitzGerald Consulting hope that, by having a second accredited Mediator in the firm (our in house lawyer, David Rogers already has extensive experience in this area) we will now be able to develop this sector of the business in new and exciting ways. Accordingly, Gerald is joining CEDR Exchange to enable him to attend their programme of lectures and seminars and to gain practical experience at ‘live’ mediations.