Mediation Act Ireland

A Definitive Guide to Ireland's Mediation Act 2017


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Earn a digital Professional Development Certificate and show off your newly acquired skills and competence. When you successfully complete this course you will receive a Professional Development Certificate for 3 CPD Hours.

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Delivering the highest quality educational resources to those at the front line of dispute resolution.


The course requires a time commitment of approximately 3-hours. You can learn in your own time and unlike a live workshop you can revisit the content and resources as often as you like, going over any of the lessons or course material at your own pace.


The course includes video tutorials, template clauses and checklists for practice in addition to written and other resources. Our multiple choice quiz will test your knowledge. You will also have exclusive access to a private discussion group where you can ask questions, share learning and practical tips.

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Provide credible proof of skill and competence and earn a digital certificate when you successfully complete this course. Our digital certificates use blockchain credentialing technology and enable you to show off your skills on LinkedIn profiles, websites and your digital CV. This course carries 3 CPD points.


Mediator Academy is a Recognised Course Provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. All our courses have been rigorously assessed for our evidence-based approach to learning design methodology, and the quality of content has been optimised for the online classroom.


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Why take this course?

Following the enactment of the Mediation Act 2017, Mediation in Ireland is now here to stay. This course will equip you to meet the new and onerous duties placed on lawyers, mediators, advisors and parties to mediation.

  • Get a comprehensive breakdown of what the Act says and what it does in an efficient jargon-free format
  • Confidently support your clients through the different types of mediation processes
  • Ensure you provide your clients with the correct advice about their rights and obligations in mediation
  • Protect your clients from potential cost penalties for refusing to mediate
  • Ensure that your mediation practice doesn't fall foul of the Act's provisions and protect yourself from liability
  • Ensure that your Agreement to Mediate is drafted correctly and that the Mediator's appointment is valid
  • Learn how to make the Act work for you and generate new business
  • Ensure you know how to meet your new obligations so that your client's case runs smoothly

Meet Your Faculty

Sabine has primary and higher degrees in law and left legal practice 10 years ago to work in mediation. Her practice areas include family, civil and cross-border mediation. She has served three years as President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland and played an active role in lobbying for the passage of the Mediation Act, 2017. She writes extensively on mediation and was one of the editors and chapter authors of Kluwer’s EU Mediation Law Handbook, 2017.

Sabine Walsh

Course Tutor

Aled has 15 years experience in the field of mediation both as mediator, educator, writer and international speaker. He is passionate about improving the quality of education available for mediators and ADR professionals as well as improving standards of practice. Aled has combined his interest in mediation and innovation to develop an online educational institution providing thought leadership in the form of courses and masterclasses and is the founder of Mediator Academy.

Aled Davies

Course Director

‘Mediator Academy is transforming the way people around the world are learning mediation.'


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Aled Davies

Founder | CEO

Mediator Academy

14-Day 100% No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee

If for any reason you decide this course is not for you or it doesn’t exceed your expectations then simply send me an email and I will personally issue you a full 100 % REFUND IMMEDIATELY.


"As a lawyer with little or no experience of mediation I wasn’t entirely sure whether this course would be useful. What I got from the course however was not just the knowledge but also the confidence to support my clients through mediation. The course materials were of very high quality and the checklists and templates extremely useful, not to mention the 3hrs of CPD. I highly recommend this course."

Michael Monahan

Solicitor | Sligo

"I thought I knew all I needed to know about the legislation, as it turns out this course proved I was wrong! The video interviews, interspersed with other multimedia really kept my interest up and the momentum of the course going. The calibre of the material and expertise of the tutor was outstanding. I strongly recommend this course especially useful  to understand how the legal profession interacts with the work of mediators"

Mary Miles

Solicitor & Mediator | Wicklow

"As a private family mediator this course makes the complexities and the legalities of The Mediation Act 2017 concise and succinct. I logged in, clicked on the course and began. The course was very well presented and the multi-media format and variety of learning methods kept me engaged. The certification and CPD points at the end added to the sense of achievement. I'd recommend this to any of my colleagues."

Sharon Morrissey

Family Mediator | Cork

What You Will Learn

You will learn about all the major aspects of the new Mediation Act. You will also learn about the new Court Rules and what they mean for mediators and for lawyers. Learn about the Mediation Act in your own time, at your own pace through expert-led video tutorials and other practical resources such as checklists and template clauses. You will learn:

  • How to identify whether a dispute is covered by the Act
  • What is and isn't covered by confidentiality
  • When a mediation officially begins and when it ends
  • How to make a mediator's Report to Court and what it should contain
  • For mediators - what you can and cannot do in mediation 
  • The rules regarding court applications relating to mediation
  • How case law can help you formulate your legal strategy
  • How to enforce a mediated agreement
  • How the mediation profession will be regulated
  • For lawyers - when and how you must advise a client to use mediation and what happens if they don't

Learn directly from acknowledged experts

Provide a credible proof of skill and competence

Earn a Digital Certificate & 3 CPD hrs

Earn our Professional Development Certificate when you successfully complete this course. Our digital certificates use blockchain credentialing technology to issue a verifiable credential that increases third-party confidence in the authenticity of your certificate and enable you to show off your skills on LinkedIn profiles, websites and your digital CV.

Provide a credible proof of skill and competence


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14-Day 100% No Questions Asked
Money Back Guarantee

If for any reason you decide this programme is not for you or it doesn’t exceed your expectations
then simply send us an emial and we’ll issue a full 100 % REFUND IMMEDIATELY.


To cover the core materials of the course, you should invest a minimum of 2hrs. This time can be broken up into chunks. To assist you in planning your time, the time commitment for each learning activity is indicated. If you wish to spend more time on the course, you can dig deeper into activities, retake quizzes and other tests and of course delve into the additional resources provided.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and debit or bank cards with a VISA or MasterCard logo.
You can access this course for one month and work through the content as often as you like.
We offer a cast-iron guarantee of 14-days no questions money-back guarantee. So if we fail to exceed your expectations or you simply decide that it’s not for you then all you need to do is send an email within the 14-day period to notify us of your decision and we’ll issue a full 100% refund immediately.
Once you have successfully completed the course and the final assessment you'll then receive your certificate and 3 hours CPD. You will also have continued access to the Private Discussion Group to draw on the wisdom and support of peers.
This course is aimed at mediators working in all sectors, legal practitioners including solicitors and barristers.
This programme is unique in a number of ways:
1. The course is spread across multiple modules, each one builds on what has been learned in the previous one.
2. It brings together the wisdom and expertise of the tutors and a carefully chosen group of experts.
3. It uses a variety of different learning activities and resources - video, multimedia, text and real-world tasks.
4. It is available only to a closed community of learners, to maximise peer learning and provide and engage and supportive environment for learning.
You can access the course on any device, desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, irrespective of what operating system it runs. Some writing will be required, this can be done on your device, or the old fashioned way, with pen and paper. You can also switch easily back and forth between devices. The one thing you will need is a reasonably reliable and rapid internet connection.