The Bar Council is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment which are affecting our members' access to MyBar and the Direct Access Portal. 

All other Bar Council systems are still functioning, including emails, the Bar Council website, Pupillage Gateway, Ethics & Practice Hub, and Wellbeing at the Bar website. 

The Authorisation to Practise deadline has now been extended for a second month, to 30 June 2022, so all those who currently have practising certificates can continue to practise without the need to contact The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales. In the meantime, those who need a practising certificate because they are starting or returning to practice, can be authorised without a certificate if they email records@barcouncil.org.uk. For authorisation to practise without a provisional practising certificate please email contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk. The expiration date for the Professional Users Courts and Tribunals Access Scheme has also been extended until 31 May 2022 and we will begin this year’s renewal process as soon as we are able to do so.

We apologise if you have had difficulty contacting us during this time. Read our joint statement.

This rigorous five-day online course follows the required Civil Mediation Council and CIArb-recognised 40-hour mix of practical workshops, interactive teaching and practical case studies during which attendees take various active roles including as mediator.

This training course will be delivered in person. In the event of government restrictions preventing this, delivery through Zoom Pro will be offered as an alternative. 

Contact us with any questions about how this course will be delivered safely in accordance with Covid regulations and find out more about the course below.

Book your place

5 - 9 September 2022, 9:00 - 18:30
Event Type
Training course
As well as practical knowledge and roleplay sessions, Foundation Mediation training provides stimulating and demanding reading, reflection, and development through what feedback describes as one of the finest, most immersive and compelling training courses available.

What the session covers

What you will gain from the training

  • The ability safely to conduct a civil and commercial mediation
  • A full toolkit of mediation skills recognised internationally
  • Higher-level negotiation skills, knowledge, and insights
  • The opportunity to practice these skills under close coaching
  • Full Foundation Training ahead of any later specialisation
  • Access to long-term mentoring and ethical guidance and support
  • Certification as a Society of Mediators recognised mediator
  • Accreditation as a Civil Mediation Council civil and commercial mediator
  • Recognition by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Recognition by the Bar Council as having passed its approved course
  • Personal feedback and development advice from skilled course tutors
  • 40 hours of relevant CPD

Contact us with any questions about the safety measures that have been put in place.


Full price: £1,000 (plus VAT)

Bar Representation Fee member price: £900 (plus VAT)


40 hours

Assessment and Examination

As this course is the pathway to accreditation and is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, every delegate will be assessed and examined. The open-book examination is independently marked.  Barristers will also be subject to continual assessment, including a final assessment mediation undertaken by independent experienced assessors who have not taught on that course. 

In the event of the required standard not being met, barristers will be invited back for further work and assessment at no additional cost. Generally, at least 90% of barristers pass the course on the first occasion.  

Please ensure your read our terms and conditions and privacy statement before booking.

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Paperless training packs

To minimise environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access on your laptop or tablet or print in advace if required. 
Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook.