Lawyers and the Financial Litigation Tsunami

Dr Karl Mackie, Chair of the European Litigation Summit 2009 and Chief Executive, CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), UK

Here is the good news. In a recent survey (Opinion Research Corporation Dec 2008), only 3% of respondents blamed lawyers for the current financial/economic crisis. On the other hand, that may be an indication of how little a role lawyers are seen to play in business strategy and social trends. Or perhaps I should reveal that those questioned in the survey commissioned by the American Bar Association were themselves lawyers and perhaps unlikely to acknowledge any responsibility even if they made a significant contribution. (As perhaps in the Erin Brockowicz film line – “Do they teach lawyers to apologise? Cos you suck at it!”.)

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United Kingdom Dispute Resolution General July 2009 Vol. 2, No. 8, Summer 2009

Karl Mackie

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Dr Karl Mackie has been engaged in mediation practice since 1980, Karl has received international acknowledgement as being one of Europe's best and most experienced practitioners and experts in commercial mediation, and has been CEDR's Chief Executive since its formation in 1990. A barrister and psychologist by training, Karl has extensive experience of high value and high profile, multi-party and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution)

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CEDR is a leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation that operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into judicial systems.

United Kingdom Dispute Resolution General July 2009 Vol. 2, No. 8, Summer 2009