Brian Speers appointed as visiting Professor of Law
Cmg solicitors are delighted to announce that Managing Partner, Brian Speers has been appointed as Professor of Law at the University of Ulster, Magee. Brian will be visiting professor to the Graduate School for Professional Legal Education at the Magee campus.
Congratulating Brian on this honour, Partner in the firm Jonathan Hewitt said "We are delighted that Brian's hard work and commitment to mediation has been recognised by the University of Ulster. This is indeed a reflection of the growth and future importance of mediation to the development and practice of law as a whole."
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Speers said: "In Northern Ireland and indeed globally there is a growing awareness that mediation, in appropriate cases, presents a highly effective and cost efficient way to resolve business and personal disputes.
It has practical applications in business, employment, family and neighbourhood disputes, offering an effective process for resolving disputes with the best possible outcome for the parties involved.
It can meet the needs of both parties, saving time, expense and the stress associated with court proceedings and, because both sides are involved in the process and are part of the outcome, there is generally greater compliance.
People looking for disputes to be resolved expect their advisers to present the most appropriate, cost effective and practical option - which in many cases will involve bringing cases to court.
However there are many different ways to resolve disputes so we need to look imaginatively at all the options and seek to come up with innovative ways to resolve issues which may involve improving dialogue and understanding between the parties.
It is important to ensure that young people entering the solicitors' profession are equipped with the necessary skills to mediate. I am therefore delighted to have been appointed to a Visiting Professorship at the University of Ulster, Graduate School for Professional Legal Education and I look forward to drawing on my knowledge of mediation in helping to shape future law professionals."