Certificate in Construction Dispute Mediation

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Organisation profile

The Diploma Centre, as part of the Law Society of Ireland Law School, has provided continuing professional education and training to solicitors for over 20 years. Our primary aim as a legal education service provider is to offer high quality, relevant course content that meets the needs of legal practitioners in Ireland's changing and competitive market for legal services. The Diploma Centre provides postgraduate courses which are also open to a number of suitably qualified professionals.

Training aim

This course is specifically orientated towards parties who would like to learn more about mediation as a potential dispute resolution forum for construction disputes.

Learning objectives

This course will focus primarily on the practical preparatory steps required for a successful mediation and will bring participants through a typical mediation process, from when to decide to go to mediation, deciding on the mediator, directions and process meetings with the mediator, steps to be taken before the mediation and what to do on the mediation day itself to ensure optimum chances of settlement.

Course outline

The programme is based on the following learning objective scheme

When and why go to mediation

Working with the Mediator

Information Gathering

Dealing with experts

Dealing with clients

Preparing the Mediation Statement

An overview of the Mediation

Trainer's profile

The teaching faculty for this diploma comprises a fantastic array of mediators, experts and lawyers who are extremely experienced in construction dispute mediation and who can bring that invaluable practical experience to bear in lectures. 

Course duration

Part-time 3 months

Assessment & certification

2,500-word written assignment (80%) and continuous assessment (20%)

Who should attend

Legal professionals, mediators, expert witnesses, clients, client representatives, builders, contractors, engineers, architects, surveyors management companies, insurers.