Re: And the winners are...
Why would the lawyers be interested in an amicable settlement, this means they don't get to charge their court appearance fees.
Reminds me of when I bought my last house, the solicitors spent a couple of weeks wrangling over one little (well understood) problem. I then spoke to the builder and explained the situation and that I knew you could buy insurance against the problem for about £100, he replied "OK to split it?" "Sure" job done.
The lawyers will continue to fight.
Hopefully saner minds will negotiate behind the scenes in private.
But hey, how many saner minds are there?