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Mediation, election results and the future

With the continued backlog of cases mediation is now more than ever the best choice to find a resolution for your dispute.  Get your dispute resolved now so 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.

It’s difficult to over state my joy at the replacement of our previous self-serving, narrow minded government with one which will, I hope and believe, bring a new era of grown up governance to the country’s highest offices.  As a lawyer said to me when I took over my third practice “well done, now the hard work starts”, I paraphrase for decency he actually said “now you’re in the….”.

Sensible clear headed decision making having weighed up the pros and cons is what mediation is based upon and really what we hope for in a government, but it’s been that long since we had anything other than a dysfunctional coterie of back stabbers and pocket pickers it will take some time to appreciate that’s what has happened and longer for the impact of the good works to be seen.

Nonetheless well done to the new PM, let’s give him all the support he needs, I know the new top legal decision makes (MR and LG) are fully versed in the benefits of mediation so here’s hoping they put their collective foot on the gas and get the profession to the front of the queue.

And while we are on lawyers and mediation…over in Ireland the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LRSA) released its 2023 report on complaints and claims against solicitors and barristers.

The LRSA were pleased to say they closed more complaints that year than they opened in part thanks to the use of mediation in roughly 20% of all the cases.

The chief executive Dr Brian Doherty said that whilst mediation wasn’t always appropriate “in the right circumstances, this approach can be a very effective and efficient way for both parties to work through their issues or disputes on an entirely voluntarily basis and in a safe and confidential manner with the help of our specialist staff.”

Well said and long may it continue.

And a warning on those not considering ADR (it’s NCDR now by the way) that the new guidance can lead to costs orders, though I still find it unlikely that will happen in most cases where clients are already struggling adding a bill to their lives won’t assist.

The figures for legal aid use have been released for the quarter leading up to the family rules changes it will be interesting to see what happens when this quarters results come out, though legal aid is not necessarily the best guide it is indicative of the use of mediation, many like me provide only private mediation services so won’t feature on any government figures.

And in non family news airlines are off to mediation again.

Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) representing Western Global Airlines pilots filed a request for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB).  ALPA wants the NMB to assist with negotiations for their very first contract.

Mediation was chosen due to the slow pace set by the company’s management in negotiations. The management (it is argued) have failed or been slow to respond to new offers and proposals over the last several months.

ALPA Western Global Master Executive Council chair, Greg Pinckney said “After months of delays, it’s clear that Western Global management needs intervention to keep the company on a course of good-faith bargaining…We are asking the NMB to help us reach an agreement that recognizes the contributions our pilots have made to our company’s success.”

Entering the process with the NMB means a federal mediator will step in and take control of the process from hereon out, it’s a useful reminder that the process is driven by the mediator but the decisions are taken by the clients.

The three pillars of mediation remain it’s voluntary (at the moment), it’s confidential, the mediator is impartial and independent, by using those pillars to support your work the parties keep control, save costs, save time and energy and reduce stress. 

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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