Mediators

MY APPROACH TO MEDIATION

Conflict resolution made simple

Mediators are trained and accredited to help people resolve disputes and reach a mutually agreed solution. Mediators are impartial, meaning they do not take sides. Mediation is also privileged—i.e. nothing you say during mediation can be used in court or shared with anyone.

 

I do not give advice or pass judgment. I guide you through a structured process, create an environment where all parties have a chance to speak and be heard and keep the discussion going smoothly so you and the other party can find your own solutions.

 

Mediation helps you find a lasting solution to a dispute, usually for far less than you could outlay if you took your dispute to court. I am an experienced mediator that helps individuals, groups and businesses sort out their differences quickly, simply and effectively.

 

I help parties to communicate rather than go to court. I am highly experienced and well trained. I am able to successfully handle all personal and organisational conflict, including:

 

  • Parenting and property issues after separation
  • Workplace conflict
  • Concerns about bullying in a wide range of contexts
  • Estate and elder care disputes
  • Conflict in the education sector
  • The full range of commercial disputes

Disputes that suit Mediation

The most common disputes dealt with by mediation are:

 

  • Neighbourhood disputes involving fences, noise, children, pets and overhanging trees
  • Family and intergenerational disputes
  • Workplace disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • Disputes relating to relationship separation
  • Property settlement disputes
  • Multi-party disputes, sometimes involving whole communities.

How I Mediate

I genuinely facilitate the resolution of conflict between clients. I am truly independent and impartial, taking a bi-partisan approach and keeping an open mind.

 

I understand that all of our clients have their own views on their dispute and have usually been living with it for some time. I know they see their dispute from their own perspective and that perception is reality in these situations.

 

I believe that just as you “own” your dispute, you should also “own” the solution to it.  I do not impose my views, but if asked for an opinion – where I have professional expertise – I will gladly give it.

 

I welcome legal representatives at our mediations, but are equally willing to mediate with parties alone. My belief in the value of communication, agreement and relationships is what motivates us.

 

I aim to achieve post separation co-parenting, amicable workplace relations, better family relationships and peaceful, cost-effective resolution of commercial and other conflict.

 

I pride myself on my high success rate and refer you to the comments of some of the satisfied users of our service.

What happens in Mediation

To start, the mediator explains the process. If the mediator agrees, you can bring your lawyer and any experts who can help resolve the dispute.

 

Usually you or your lawyer speaks first. Then the respondent or their lawyer has an opportunity to speak. Often, the mediator will talk to the parties separately. During the mediation, the mediator will ensure that all parties have their say and that the discussions are respectful and productive

 

The goal is to resolve the areas of dispute or at least narrow them, and reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.

Pre Mediation

Prior to mediation, parties sign a Mediation Agreement, a copy of which is sent out for them to read.

Intake (Preliminary) Sessions

Before mediation, the mediator of your choice will meet and talk with you and the other party separately in order to:

 

  • Introduce themselves and provide initial information to put you at ease
  • Hear the history of the dispute from each of your perspectives
  • Try to understand why you have not been able to sort it out so far
  • Explain our processes and how mediations normally proceed
  • Assess whether mediation is appropriate considering your particular circumstances
  • Explain the confidentiality of the process to each of you
  • Identify the issues likely to be discussed at mediation.

 

Whenever I can, I schedule intake sessions on a day prior to the actual mediation. This avoids the ‘pressure cooker’ effect of parties (who are probably feeling apprehensive about mediating) undertaking both the pre-mediation and the mediation on the same day.  This way you have time to think about matters discussed at the pre-mediation session and to have your queries answered prior to mediation.

 

Circumstances sometimes mean, however, that intakes need to occur on the same day as the mediation.

MY APPROACH TO MEDIATION

Conflict resolution made simple

Mediators are trained and accredited to help people resolve disputes and reach a mutually agreed solution. Mediators are impartial, meaning they do not take sides. Mediation is also privileged—i.e. nothing you say during mediation can be used in court or shared with anyone.

 

I do not give advice or pass judgment. I guide you through a structured process, create an environment where all parties have a chance to speak and be heard and keep the discussion going smoothly so you and the other party can find your own solutions.

 

Mediation helps you find a lasting solution to a dispute, usually for far less than you could outlay if you took your dispute to court. I am an experienced mediator that helps individuals, groups and businesses sort out their differences quickly, simply and effectively.

 

I help parties to communicate rather than go to court. I am highly experienced and well trained. I am able to successfully handle all personal and organisational conflict, including:

 

  • Parenting and property issues after separation
  • Workplace conflict
  • Concerns about bullying in a wide range of contexts
  • Estate and elder care disputes
  • Conflict in the education sector
  • The full range of commercial disputes

Disputes that suit Mediation

The most common disputes dealt with by mediation are:

 

  • Neighbourhood disputes involving fences, noise, children, pets and overhanging trees
  • Family and intergenerational disputes
  • Workplace disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • Disputes relating to relationship separation
  • Property settlement disputes
  • Multi-party disputes, sometimes involving whole communities.

How I Mediate

I genuinely facilitate the resolution of conflict between clients. I am truly independent and impartial, taking a bi-partisan approach and keeping an open mind.

 

I understand that all of our clients have their own views on their dispute and have usually been living with it for some time. I know they see their dispute from their own perspective and that perception is reality in these situations.

 

I believe that just as you “own” your dispute, you should also “own” the solution to it.  I do not impose my views, but if asked for an opinion – where I have professional expertise – I will gladly give it.

 

I welcome legal representatives at our mediations, but are equally willing to mediate with parties alone. My belief in the value of communication, agreement and relationships is what motivates us.

 

I aim to achieve post separation co-parenting, amicable workplace relations, better family relationships and peaceful, cost-effective resolution of commercial and other conflict.

 

I pride myself on my high success rate and refer you to the comments of some of the satisfied users of our service.

What happens in Mediation

To start, the mediator explains the process. If the mediator agrees, you can bring your lawyer and any experts who can help resolve the dispute.

 

Usually you or your lawyer speaks first. Then the respondent or their lawyer has an opportunity to speak. Often, the mediator will talk to the parties separately. During the mediation, the mediator will ensure that all parties have their say and that the discussions are respectful and productive

 

The goal is to resolve the areas of dispute or at least narrow them, and reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.

Pre Mediation

Prior to mediation, parties sign a Mediation Agreement, a copy of which is sent out for them to read.

Intake (Preliminary) Sessions

Before mediation, the mediator of your choice will meet and talk with you and the other party separately in order to:

 

  • Introduce themselves and provide initial information to put you at ease
  • Hear the history of the dispute from each of your perspectives
  • Try to understand why you have not been able to sort it out so far
  • Explain our processes and how mediations normally proceed
  • Assess whether mediation is appropriate considering your particular circumstances
  • Explain the confidentiality of the process to each of you
  • Identify the issues likely to be discussed at mediation.

 

Whenever I can, I schedule intake sessions on a day prior to the actual mediation. This avoids the ‘pressure cooker’ effect of parties (who are probably feeling apprehensive about mediating) undertaking both the pre-mediation and the mediation on the same day.  This way you have time to think about matters discussed at the pre-mediation session and to have your queries answered prior to mediation.

 

Circumstances sometimes mean, however, that intakes need to occur on the same day as the mediation.

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