RESOLVING A DISPUTE OUT-OF-COURT

I help people in conflict to resolve their differences and reach sound agreement through mediation. I am accredited to mediate in New Zealand and Australia.

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WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation (and its less formal cousin, the  'facilitated conversation') is a cost- and time-effective, out-of-court process for dispute resolution. Participation is voluntary, the conversations are confidential, and the participants make their own decisions.


Mediation provides an opportunity for people in conflict, using a skilled, neutral mediator, to:

  • share information

  • clarify issues, interests and needs

  • understand the alternatives

  • generate and consider creative solutions

  • negotiate, and

  • make their own decisions.

WHY USE MEDIATION TO RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE?

Why resolve a dispute through mediation?


Mediation, as an out-of-court dispute resolution process, can:

  • reduce stress and time - courts are crowded, dates can be hard to find, the process is lengthy, and postponements can cause delays, whereas mediation can usually be concluded within two to five weeks

  • reduce costs – in mediation lawyers may or may not be involved, depending on each participant’s choice; and generally, the level of preparation and overhead costs for a mediation is much lower than that of a court hearing

  • result in a more creative solution

  • preserve the participants’ relationship, if this is something that is desired

  • result in an enduring agreement.

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SET ASIDE FOR A MEDIATION?

A mediation usually takes somewhere between four to eight hours dependent on the dispute complexity, and may be broken-up across two days. You should allow an additional hour for an individual, pre-mediation intake session plus your own preparation time.

WHAT ARE THE DELIVERY OPTIONS?

The mediation can be delivered face-to-face, by video conference or over the phone, as you require.

 

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