Court of Appeal judgment in Churchill ‘should help resolve disputes faster, with less expense’

December 7, 2023

"In lead judgment in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Sir Geoffrey Vos, master of the rolls, said: The court can lawfully stay proceedings for, or order, the parties to engage in a non-court-based dispute resolution process provided that the order made does not impair the very essence of the claimant’s right to proceed to a judicial hearing, and is proportionate to achieving the legitimate aim of settling the dispute fairly, quickly and at reasonable cost."

"Chair of the CMC Rebecca Clark said: We are delighted by this judgment. Mediation is now where it should be - firmly embedded within the civil justice system."

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