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International, National, Local mediation is everywhere

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.

International mediation is first this week with France's President Macron offering to assist the mediation efforts in Belarus over the re-election (or not) of its leader Alexander Lukashenko. Everyone’s favourite topless equestrian Vladimir Putin denounced the offer as part of “unprecedented external pressure”

Macron told reporters “We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate and we will come back to OSCE mediation in order to progress," with an objective to commence mediation in the next two days he added “the aim is a peaceful transition, the release of people who are in prison for their political opinions and the holding of free elections under international observation"

Macron’s meeting with the potential winner of the presidential elections Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is the most high profile for her to date since she fled the country in fear of reprisals from the incumbent Lukashenko.

Whilst France offers the hand of peace Putin offers financial and security support to Lukashenko confirming in response that the ties between Belarus and Russia were “all weather”. How much of what people say before mediation is bluff and bluster is hard to tell, more often than not I get told “it won’t work”, “he/she is a liar”, “they’re the unreasonable one” but when parties actually sit down at their screens to zoom-mediate they find it surprising how quickly they realise both sides have a common ground and often a common goal (if only to get off screen).

In other international mediation news the UN in the form of their top Libyan player Stephanie Williams has reaffirmed its backing to Morocco’s efforts to mediate the Libyan crisis.

Morocco’s work has resulted in a break through between the disputing factions within the country forming a basis of further talks and hopefully a resolution of the wider political unrest.

Focus has thus far been on the use and governance of the sovereign institutions such as the central bank, anti-corruption and accountability bodies and the election commission for elections.

The Moroccan officials have confirmed their view that the only people who are able to resolve the dispute are Libyans and that attitude (reflected in all mediations) is what has led to the success of talks so far.

I often ask clients in mediation if they think someone is better placed than them to determine their own resolution, when they realise that’s what they are doing by asking judges to decide on their cases they more often than not see the sense in working things out (with Northwest mediation’s help) in mediation.

A bit closer to home the professional body for mediators in Scotland, Scottish Mediation, has written to the Shetland Isles local education authority offering assistance post Covid.

“We are hearing genuine concerns for some children about how they are coping emotionally with the return to school and what the impact of the events of the last few months have had on their mental health and wellbeing.” Said director of Scottish Mediation, Graham Boyack

On a local level mediation continues to be the go-to service for tenants and landlords.

Continuing the work between landlords and tenants as the various Covid deferral schemes are extended or ended Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution is working with the

City of Santa Monica to offer mediation to parties.

Straus is offering a pro-bono service to those in need of assistance with the aim of equipping commercial landlords and tenants with an understanding of available options of ADR, mediation and ultimately litigation.

The institute will also be holding an online Community Information Session on Mediation scheduled to kick off at 12 noon local time on 20th October.

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. 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

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