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09 Sep 2015

Ipls - Mediation Course


Date 09 Sep 2015
Time 18:00 - 20:45
Location IPLS Lennoxvale, Belfast
Cost £1950.00 per person


The Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) at Queen’s University invites registrations for its Mediation Training Course in Autumn 2015.

The IPLS mediation course offers training in civil and commercial mediation and comprises 40+ hours including training, private study, lectures, practical exercises, reflective learning and group study over an 8 week period.  The course includes assessment feedback to all participants. This is the longest established lawyer’s mediation training course in Northern Ireland.

The course will run for 8 evenings  each Wednesday from 9th September until 28th October between 6.00pm and 8.45pm at IPLS Lennoxvale, Belfast.  There will also be an all day Saturday programme on 24th October. 

The course comprises 40+ hours including training, private study, lectures, practical exercises, reflective learning and group study over an 8 week period. The course includes assessment feedback to all participants.

The course will take the well-established format, which has proved so successful in the past. Those who have taken part in previous courses have found the course to be excellent preparation for acting as a Mediator, for representing clients involved in mediation and for advising clients about mediation.  They have also indicated that the course was of great interest, value and enjoyment.  Attendance at the course will allow an application to be made for inclusion on the Law Society Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) mediator's panel.  Participation and completion of the course is accepted as approved training for purposes of the DRS and the Bar Mediation panels.

The course is delivered by experienced local practitioners:-

  • Brian Speers, Solicitor, Mediator, past President of the Law Society and a visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution at the Graduate School, University of Ulster, Magee.

  • David Gaston, Solicitor, Mediator, former partner in Gaston Graham and a CEDR accredited mediator.

  • Alva Brangam Q.C. who in addition to practice at the Bar is a CEDR accredited mediator, a Member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland and the Academy of Experts.

Additional local legal practitioner mediators (solicitors and barristers and Judges) support the formal lectures and tutorial input. 

The nature of the course means that the maximum numbers attending is restricted and anyone interested is asked to apply immediately to take up the final remaining places.  The course is open to solicitors and barristers with 5 years post qualification experience and to members of the Judiciary.  The cost will be £1,950.00 per person.  This compares extremely favourably with mediation training course fees offered by other providers. 

If you wish to take up a place please contact:

Mrs. Amanda Elliott, Institute of Professional Legal Studies,

10 Lennoxvale, Belfast, BT9 5BY.   Tel. No. 028 90 976521 or


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