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You can not insist D attend the mediation.
It is a matter for each party whether they attend or not
D Sol may well have full instructions and if any settlement is reached may well be able to call D
The same, you do not have to attend if you do not wish to
You do not know that they have full authority - the mediator will check BEFORE the mediation starts whether D Sol has full authority
It is one of the key questions they always ask
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Can I ask defendants solicitors if they have full authority before I agree to attend mediation as I don't intend to waste my time travelling to another town if the defendant has already made up their mind that they do not wish to settle the claim or negotiate and therefore do not wish to attend and their solicitor only wishes to discuss their counterclaim(frivolous counterclaim for loss of earnings).
Yes you can ask Sols if they have authority
Does that clarify?
yes thank you.