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  • Writer's pictureEd Johnson

International Mediation

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.

Mediation for me is very much limited to the personal whether it’s a personal dispute or a company, business or government body involved it all starts with people. I’m thankful that the disputes I mediate are limited to that sort of human level. Elsewhere in the world mediation takes front and centre in dealing with conflicts, I’ve written before about the Good Friday Agreement and the efforts before that by mediators from both sides of the divide.

Mediation in Ukraine

With Russia’s ongoing wat with Ukraine it will take national leaders to step in to work out a way that ends the conflict. This week Brazil’s relatively new president Luiz Inacio Lula De Silva (Lula) has been talking with China and the UAE to propose a joint mediation by them to resolve matters. He has also accused the US and Europe of prolonging the war, he was critical of both Russia and Ukraine’s leaders saying neither has taken any steps to stop the war.

It's incredibly difficult to see from the outside what it would take in terms of mediation to resolve this sort of conflict (again thankfully not my area) but it will start with the two personalities at the top. My own view is pretty well known, this is an act of aggression by Russia whether it’s acknowledged that this is about climate change or the future shortage of food or not. It seems to me that with climate change the next/current disaster we face that a move to occupy the breadbasket of Europe signals a bit of foresight on Russia’s part for what they think they will need but also a short sightedness in what the world’s response would be.

Mediation in Sudan

War continues in Sudan as well despite efforts to mediate peace. The fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is set to continue as efforts to keep up communication between the two parties have come to an end unsuccessfully. Keeping parties talking is key to any mediation, there have been times when shuttling between meeting rooms and parties one or other has threatened to pull up stumps so keeping them talking is key. But int his case it looks like for now the mediation efforts will have to be pulled back and other ways found to end the fighting.

The international community continues to call for a ceasefire to stop further loss of life and allow everyone with an interest to talk, the president of the African Union Peace and Security Council Moussa Faki Mahamat has offered to travel immediately to Sudan to get involved and continue the talks so all hope is not lost. Some see the issue as an internal matter but the impact on the region as with any conflict is not limited to the country so there are vested interests outside Sudan.

Student Mediation

Finally this week the Student Representative Council at the University of Cape Town began protests following the breakdown of mediation in their dispute with the Uni, lectures were disrupted students evicted and the police involved.

So far only one of our eldest’s lectures (at his Uni) has been impacted by protest (though several have been affected by strikes) protest is a legitimate way to get a point across provided it’s done safely there are times of course when it is inconvenient or has potentially unseen consequences (and we’re not just talking about snooker now) but opening dialogue is the best way to resolve your differences.

Should the organisers of the Grand National and or the World Snooker Championship want to approach me for assistance I’m happy to help. Though as I discovered this week that my left leg is shorter than my right I suppose I ought to disclose my views have and remain left leaning.

The three pillars of mediation remain it’s voluntary (except apparently when it won’t be anymore), 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 0161 667 4418 or via email at

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