Collapse of a Building

A property that was undergoing extension and renovation collapsed, causing injury to three workmen, one of whom was grievously injured. Each of the workmen brought a claim against the three defendants. All the defendants were insured but there were issues regarding the extent of the insurance cover available to meet the claims. In addition, one defendant had a separate claim against the other two (a Part 20 claim) for the cost of re-building the property.
At the mediation it was possible, for the first time, for the defendants to have a frank exchange of views as to their respective positions and to confide to me their concerns and desired outcomes. This enabled me to broker an agreement between the defendants which in turn enabled the claimants’ claims and the Part 20 claim to be settled on terms acceptable to all the parties. This was achieved in a single day, albeit a long one. Had settlement not been achieved, a trial which was listed for eight days would have taken place in the High Court. The costs savings of undertaking the mediation are self-apparent.