How much do I tell a mediator?

It is helpful to share what is important to you with your mediator. When the mediator is aware of what is driving your decision making,…

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Can I work during a mediation?

Yes, although it can come at a cost. As with most business decision, it is about balancing priorities. There are no rules to say you…

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Should my solicitor attend the mediation?

The cost of mediation increases when a solicitor attends. However, there are good reasons for having a legal representative present which could help you reach…

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What questions will a mediator ask?

Firstly, there are no trick questions. You are not being cross examined. You are not being judged. The mediator’s role is to facilitate the mediation…

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Finding a solution at mediation

Have you heard the saying about not being able to see the wood for the trees? This can certainly be the case when trying to…

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Supporting a friend at mediation

Those old enough to recall the TV programme Minder may remember the main character, Arthur Daley, changing the saying “A friend in need is a…

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Decision making at mediation

Decision making is something that I have been curious about so much so that my NLP Masters final project involved modelling the decision-making process of…

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Neighbour Disputes and Mediation

Neighbour disputes relating to boundaries and access are some of the most hotly contested litigation cases in the court system and, putting it mildly, the…

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Wishful thinking

Is reaching an Agreement wishful thinking?

The outcome of a successful mediation is opposing parties reaching a settlement and often one that neither side envisaged possible at the outset of the…

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What is a pre-mediation call?

Before each mediation I contact both parties separately. It is a good opportunity to speak about any concerns, finalise administrative tasks and clarify the mediation…

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What is a mediation agreement?

The Mediation Agreement is what it says : your agreement to mediate. It is the contract or mediation terms upon which everyone taking part in…

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The Mediation Opening Statement

Your mediator will discuss with you whether or not there will be a joint meeting at the outset of your mediation. If there is, it…

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Preparing for a Mediation

Whilst every mediation is different there is a general structure that draws the process together. The following tips align with this structure and are based…

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What happens at mediation?

Whilst being a flexible process with no set format, mediation has several key stages. Mediation will usually take place with the parties at the same…

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Top 10 things to know about Mediation

1. It’s confidential – the process Everything that takes place at mediation is confidential or, in legal terms, “without prejudice”. If the case doesn’t settle,…

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