Demand for mediation services in Hong Kong – which adopted Woolf-style obligatory mediation in 2010 – has prompted the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to create a panel of 22 mediators in the region.

Mark Side, partner and head of dispute resolution at Tanner De Witt, Hong Kong, said the service would create ‘a gold standard’ in a sector that had suffered disillusionment after an initial rush of enthusiasm. ‘Mediation is the most exciting innovation in the 20 years I have been here,’ he told the Gazette.