Bar Council Launches Family Mediation Training
19 September 2011
The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and
Wales, has announced plans to offer family mediation training to
barristers in collaboration with ADR Group, via its Member Services
The family mediation training course, which will be available
from November 2011, has been initiated in response to the changing
legal landscape for family practitioners, which encourages families
to explore mediation options before seeking assistance from the
The Bar Council's Member Services department has been expanding
its portfolio of quality training courses since November 2010, with
a view to making Bar-targeted training available to the profession
at market-leading prices. In just ten months over 700 barristers
have successfully completed Member Services' public access course,
representing over 15 percent of the total number of barristers
qualified to accept public access clients.
ADR Group is a member of the Family Mediation Council and has
been providing mediation training for both civil and family
practitioners since the 1990s. It is a leading authority in
mediation and other dispute resolution techniques.
Paul Mosson, Head of Member Services at the Bar Council,
"The number of significant changes affecting the legal
profession has made it more important than ever for the Bar Council
to provide top-quality, affordable training courses tailored to the
Bar. I am delighted to announce the addition of family mediation
training to our expanding portfolio of training options."
Michael Lind, Managing Director of ADR Group, said:
"ADR Group welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the Bar
Council's Member Services department in the delivery of tailored
family mediation programmes. Members of the Bar are experienced
practitioners and well placed to play a direct and active role in
the resolution of family conflict through mediation. On 6 April
2011 Practice Direction 3A and its accompanying pre-application
protocol for family Mediation Information Assessment Meetings
(MIAMs) was introduced. ADR Group supports the continued
development of mediation as the primary dispute resolution
Notes to editors:
1. Media enquiries should be directed the Bar
Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525. Members of the Bar should
direct enquiries to the Bar Council Member Services department on
020 7242 0082.
2. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales.
- The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory
- Fair access to justice for all
- The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across
the profession, and
- The development of business opportunities for barristers at
home and abroad.
The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of
the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory
functions through the independent Bar Standards
3. ADR Group is a private limited company dedicated to the
delivery of professional mediation services. It promotes and
- Excellence in mediation services
- A national network of experienced mediator professionals
including family, civil, commercial and workplace specialisms
- Mediator selection and appointment service
- Approved mediator accreditation training programmes, and
- Recognised university education programmes and international
mediation development projects.
ADR Group is a registered and approved provider of both the
Family Mediation Council and Civil Mediation Council.