Chambers Ireland today (13th February 2017) welcomed the long-awaited publication of the Mediation Bill 2017 by the Department of Justice and Equality.
Speaking following the publication of the legislation, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Chambers Ireland has long been an advocate for increased use of these mechanisms, particularly mediation, to resolve commercial disputes. Going to court can be an adversarial and polarising experience, whereas the benefit of mediation is that it can often preserve business relationships, improving efficiency and competitiveness.”
“The absence of a statutory basis for mediation in Ireland has meant that it can sometimes be difficult to persuade parties that mediation is the best first option in dispute resolution. Therefore, today’s publication of the Mediation Bill 2017 is a welcome step towards encouraging more businesses to consider using mediation to resolve commercial disputes.”
In 2016, the World Bank “Doing Business” report again identified Ireland as an expensive location in which to enforce a contract. Faced with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Government must take every opportunity to protect and improve the competitiveness of our economy. Making commercial dispute resolution more cost-effective for business is a simple way of doing this, simultaneously reducing any backlogs of cases in the courts and subsequently improving our international reputation as a location for investment.”