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  • Writer's pictureEd Johnson

Honesty, integrity in politics and mediation they matter

With the continued backlog of cases 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 continues to use Zoom, Skype and FaceTime as well as the phone and emails to resolve disputes should we add we also do live in person mediation too! So please do not feel that you cannot contact us if you would like to mediate but wish to do so remotely.

I’m typing this while watching the worst prime minister in British history do what I discourage all clients from doing…ignoring reality.

Hopefully by the time I finish typing he’ll be gone, certainly this time next week. Blimey by the time I finished he was gone….well saying he was going to go.

Look just because I think honesty and doing your job, learning from errors and genuine apologies are important doesn’t mean I won’t deal with your mediation fairly if you happen to be a Tory, I know some very reasonable conservatives, just they haven’t feature on the front bench for two governments.

Political rant over, but let’s keep honesty at the forefront this week, and consequences of action.

In Slovenia Ascent Resources in its JV with Geoenergo have begun mediation to deal with alleged contractual breaches, mediation is a great way to deal with problems especially mid-contract when an ongoing relationship needs supporting not bulldozing.

I can’t say I’m happy with the planned activities if I understand "hydraulic stimulation of gas extraction” as fracking but at least the parties should be able to have an honest discussion about want’s happened and find a way forward.

Lucky them get a high court judge as mediation, I can’t claim to be that senior, though I am getting on a bit these days so you do get years of experience if you come to mediate with me.

In Canada open and honest discussions are now being encouraged as mediation becomes obligatory before moving to court proceedings.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre said "Mandatory dispute resolution empowers families to address issues before they go to court…This program, implemented as a pilot in Prince Albert in 2020 and Regina in 2021, has been effective in reducing the financial and emotional impacts of separation and divorce on families and their children.”

Whilst the practice of making mediation obligatory is still a question for me (considering it must be but attending still feels like taking away one of its key elements)

Moose Jaw Family Mediator and not the BBC reporter John Seargeant said "The family law process will focus back on the child and help them," says Seargeant. "It will benefit children and families by reducing conflict, it will promote communication and cooperation between parents, alleviating the pressure that is on the court system right now."

In Africa the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed Thomas Yayi Boni (former president of Benin) as mediator for transition into Guinea.

He is expected to help the authorities propose a new transition timetable by the end of the month, which sounds more like arbitrator than mediator but provided its honestly done and openly discussed with interested parties then I guess mediator fits the title.

I’m not going to pretend I understand the complexity of the political situation here but it is good to see that wherever there is dispute the title of mediator is being used as a peacebringer, consultant and helper. That’s my job.

The three pillars of mediation remain it’s voluntary (except apparently in Canada sometimes), it’s confidential, the mediator is independent, by using those pillars to support your work the parties keep control, save costs, save time and energy and reduce stress. Finally this one is mediation, mediator jointly appointed, areas of discussion agreed and intention to be bound by the outcome.

In person or via electronic media 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 choose a different path, not quite the road less travelled but perhaps the path less adversarial. 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 me at Northwest Mediation on 07931318347 or via email at

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