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Family Mediation Week

With the limited access to courts and lawyers mediation is even more so now than ever the best choice to find a resolution for your dispute. Get your dispute resolved now while you can’t go anywhere you can really concentrate on what’s important and what deserves your time and energy.


Northwest Mediation uses Zoom, Skype and FaceTime as well as the phone and emails to resolve disputes so please do not feel that you cannot contact us as there are limits on physical meetings.


I am writing this blog during the inauguration of Joe Biden, it’s a little odd as I can recall precisely at which junction on the M60 I was when I heard Barak Obama had been elected and thought the US had turned a corner, I can’t recall where I was when the Commander of Cheese won, I remember how I felt, much the same as when the Brexit vote went the wrong way.


How will JB 46 bring the nation back together? Find the common ground, understand the pain underlying those who sit on both the left and the right? Well if he needs a mediator I have very reasonable rates.


“Listen to one another” was one of JB’s instructions "disagreement does not necessarily lead to disunity" he could be writing the mediation handbook.


In case it’s escaped your notice it’s also been Family Mediation Week this week lot of excellent articles have been circulated about the use and future of family mediation, which in the UK remains the primary recognised area for mediators.



But family isn’t the only area of dispute where mediators assist, here we see a judge, Mr Justice Barniville, urging the parties to consider mediation in a long running battle regarding the use of the Iveagh Market in Dublin (do visit when lockdown permits).


Martin Keane, who along with his companies Slatterys, Traditional Iveagh Market and Iveagh Market Hotels is pursuing Arthur Guinness (yes of that family) for allegedly changing the locks on the market under cover of darkness.


The First Earl of Iveagh built the market and is ancestor of the Guinness clan, and Arthur is claiming that he was protecting the national monument and the items therein from the damage which Martin and his businesses with their employees have caused to the property.

Arthur claims holes have been knocked into the structure as well as lesser damage by storing of detritus all over the place, but more than that he claims ownership as the building has not been available as a market for 50 years.


The First Earl made the building available as a market on condition that if it ceased to be used as such the property would revert to the Earl’s family, so perhaps this is a family mediation after all!


A world away in Kampong Tralach (Cambodia) a ban on fishing has been imposed while disputing parties attend mediation.


The dispute is between the people of three villages and the Lorpeang Natural Resources Conservation Community. The fishing used to take place in Boeng Por, a natural lake near to all the villages where a guard house had been built to prevent illegal and over fishing but the authority has removed the guard house.


Deputy Governor for the district San Sam Ath said the ban was only temporary while mediation was concluded on how to manage rights going forward.


Parties are hoping to work out a way that all can enjoy the benefits of the lake without detriment to the fish stocks, other marine life and the surrounding area.


Again it’s not obviously a family mediation but at the heart of the dispute is putting food on the tables of the fisher folk involved so there is definitely a family element to this.


And if you want some spot on comments about family mediation in its normal context you could do worse than the Gazette this week with this article by Elaine Richardson reminding us as she does of the benefits of mediation particularly where the parties keep control of the cost, time and most importantly the outcome.


As we’ve said before choose to mediate early and resolve your issues effectively, timeously, and with less stress and costs than going to your solicitor so you can get out the tunnel and see the light. You have an interest in the outcome the sooner you get round the mediation table the quicker you can move forward and avoid the grilling a cross examination in court would put you through.


By having a deep and meaningful discussions with parties the mediator elicits what the true “red-lines” are and where there is the potential for compromise, it is with this structured period of reflection that the parties are then able to reach an accord.


The flexible nature of mediation and the possible outcomes make it an ideal way to resolve disputes in an ever changing world and the open nature of discussions in mediation whilst remaining confidential allows all sides to engage fully in the process and understand the needs of all involved allowing parties to reach a conclusion which both sides can live with and move on.


There are so many situations which could have been resolved by early intervention of mediation it continues to surprise me the lengths the public will go to avoid referral.


Whether you need a mediator to help out with a construction matter in the Northwest, or council’s plans in Cheshire, a civil mediator in London, a commercial mediator in Manchester, a dispute resolution for your family in Liverpool, a neighbourhood mediation in Stockport, then our mediators at Northwest Mediation can help.


Mediation is cheaper, quicker and less stressful than running any case to court, it can help with any dispute whether it's an employment issue or the sale at an under value of a property, a fight with a neighbour, family issues, commercial disputes, civil mediation or inheritance, wills and probate arguments contact Northwest Mediation on 07931318347 or via email at ed.johnson@northwestmediation.co.uk

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