It would be fair to say that we are living in difficult times.  In most countries it is anticipated that the current Corona Virus related emergency will continue for months rather than weeks.  Many people are more or less confined to their homes and may be coping with serious illness or very tragic bereavement.  Many have no work and the day to day economic and social activities that we took for granted have more or less ground to a halt, with a great deal put on hold.  One sincerely trusts that at some point the crisis will be resolved and life will go back to something approaching normality.

However, it is likely that the current crisis will bring about some quite fundamental changes.  The world economy may take a long time to recover and it may be that some of the many institutions that we have previously taken for granted, be they financial bodies, sporting and social organisations, our favourite local cafes and bars or the organisations that employ us, will have ceased to exist.  Some economies will be affected by labour shortages and even if there are no ongoing legal or political constraints, foreign travel may prove to be very difficult.

In terms of the UK and other international court and tribunal systems it is likely that it will be months or even years before any semblance of normality is attained.  UK court and tribunal cases that were previously in two-year queues awaiting processing by admin staff, hearing dates or both and were necessarily put on hold will end up in even longer queues. It is unlikely that the UK government will be willing or able to provide additional financial resourcing, and the court and tribunal staff who were already struggling to cope will find themselves totally swamped by a combination of existing cases and a welter of new ones issued by lawyers and litigants who will have been waiting for weeks or months to do so.  The previously commonplace two-year delays in getting civil and family cases to a final hearing may well double. Valuable time and money will be disproportionately applied in maintaining an already creaking system and in some instances, people will simply give up.  It may be that in entirely meritorious cases will never see the light of day and I strongly suspect that as a result there will be some very significant denials of justice.

It is long established that stress free mediation, facilitated meetings and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services such those offered by ASM Plus have a success rate of 90%+ and will save considerable amounts of time that can be put to much more productive use.  In the current climate, ASM Plus, which offers a tried and tested online option can provide an excellent, very cost-effective service that could well be the difference between getting a particular issue resolved or not.

You could call or e-mail Paul Sandford, the ASM Plus director today and a mediation or facilitated meeting can be arranged quickly in a matter of days.  All you need is: –

a reasonable quality PC, laptop or smart phone;

a reasonable Internet connection;

a quiet, private place in which to work.

It really is as easy as that


Contact details for Paul Sandford, the ASM Director

UK telephone number – 07393 654824

Alternative telephone number with links to What’s App and Telegram 00 351

E-mail –

Website –

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