Mediator to chair crisis talks to save Heineken Cup
THE ERC have announced that Graeme Mew will serve as mediator in the negotiations on the future of the Heineken Cup.
Mew's appointment follows a request by the ERC to the International Rugby Board (IRB) to recommend an independent mediator with exceptional experience in business, legal and sporting issues.
The Canadian solicitor is the man who dismissed the appeal of the James Horwill stamping verdict after the first Lions Test in June when he served as the IRB's independent appeal officer.
Mew is a senior partner with the Toronto law firm Clyde & Co, and is a vastly experienced dispute resolution lawyer who has mediated a wide variety of civil disputes involving, among others, international and cross-border issues, commercial transactions and contract law.
He has a particular speciality in the area of sports law and in the resolution of sports disputes and sits on a number of prominent panels of mediators and arbitrators, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).
Mew will make contact with all 10 signatory organisations to the current ERC Accord with a view to seeking their engagement, and to understanding their positions and objectives.
He will initially work with the parties to develop an appropriate process for the negotiations and will outline his plans and bring the ERC stakeholders up to date on the various responses he elicits when they meet next Wednesday.