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(c)2003 Issue No 178 20 Apr 03
Published free of charge to Readers
Editor: Sam Ignarski

In this issue:

1. Welcome
2. Commercial Mediation Tie Up
3. Mediation Promotion
4. High Style Points
5. Hew Dundas On-Line
6. And Finally...

1. Welcome

News of Readers

Linda Forrest has left Eurobase and has set up her own insurance consultancy company called ISYS Consulting Limited.

Contact her at:

Readers Write:

From Mr Stanley Schiff of Marsh in New York:

"I am trying to locate Mr. Melvin Beales for the purpose of attempting to clarify P&I coverage that Morania Oil Tanker Corporation had with Steamship Mutual from approximately 1967 to 1978. The claim matter involves a mesothelioma case that appears destined for trial in May. Records located by Steamship and the Member are incomplete. Mr. Beales worked with Steamship Mutual / Alfred Stocken & Co. through the above period. He is likely currently retired, hopefully in good health."

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Melvin Beales please drop Mr Shiff a line at:

A lively in-box we had this week from the world of arbitration and mediation. Otherwise slight overtones of August from miraculously sunny London.


2. Commercial Mediation Tie Up

Diana Weir has passed on word of the new and interesting association formed between ACI in London and IMAC (The International Mediation and Arbitration Center) based in Los Angeles, as part of a joint strategy to provide a full range of arbitration and other ADR processes which meet the desire of international business for efficient and effective solutions, capable of taking account of the expectations and cultures of parties on both sides of the Atlantic.

This association of ACI and IMAC is the first of its kind and enables them to provide a joint panel of lawyer mediators or arbitrators, available to sit as co-mediators and co-arbitrators where required, with expertise in specific areas of commercial law and practice in both the United States and the UK. ACI and IMAC share the same philosophy of lawyer-only panels and the appointment in both arbitration and mediation of a lawyer specialist in the area of the dispute as the most successful method of resolving disputes. Hearings may be held on either side of the Atlantic at a venue chosen for the convenience of the parties.

IMAC was founded this year by Paul Wright, an English barrister and California attorney.

The nationwide IMAC panel comprises distinguished retired judges from the Federal Court, Court of Appeal and Superior Court and prominent lawyer mediators and arbitrators.

For example the panel includes:

- Kenneth Feinberg, best known for his important role as Special Settlement Master for the US September 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund,

- Robert Lutz II, one of only fifteen US panellists listed to hear trade disputes brought to the WTO,

- Alan Rothenberg, Chairman and CEO of World Cup USA, who was instrumental in bringing the 1994 World Cup to the United States and

- Roderick Margo, who is listed among the top five aviation lawyers in the United States.

For more information about IMAC go to:

3. Mediation Promotion

Susan Agerskov writes:

On Tuesday, 29 April 2003, BIMCO will host an evening Maritime Mediation Event on board HQS Wellington, Thames Embankment, London, United Kingdom.

BIMCO has brought together, for the first time, three pre-eminent mediation organisations in the UK: A Commercial Initiative for Dispute Resolution (ACI), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and InterMediation. The object of the BIMCO Maritime Mediation Event is to encourage a greater understanding and use of mediation techniques in the maritime sector.

BIMCO actively promotes the use of mediation techniques in the resolution of charter party and other contractual disputes through its Standard Dispute Resolution Clause.

The Event will consist of a mock mediation conducted by CEDR followed by a series of presentations by leading practicing mediators. There will be an opportunity for a question and answer session with a panel of mediators from ACI, CEDR and InterMediation, following the presentations. A copy of the programme in PDF format can be found on the BIMCO website at

For further details contact Grant Hunter at:

4. High Style Points

Max Fulton in Sydney has passed on this rather amusing and quirky web site for a firm of US Attorneys in Colorado. A breath of fresh air.

5. Hew Dundas On-Line

Hew Dundas the arbitrator has just launched his new web site. Inter alia, the site includes a complete set of his publications with an integral search engine allowing browsers to search for "security for costs", "enforcement", "demurrage" an so forth.

Go to:

6. And Finally.....

These Thoughts on Bambini were forwarded by Barbara Jennings

1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself thatthere are children more awful than your own.

6. We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.


Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home.

If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache follow the advice on the Aspirin Bottle



Many thanks for this must-see from Andreas Haberbeck

Another rather sardonic Iraq related site spotted by Chris Stalvies

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