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Mediation give aways!

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.

Where to start this week? Maybe with an offer. OK if when you contact me before the end of August 2022 you say you’ve read this blog and were exceptionally impressed with the insight you can have 10% off my normal fee (this cannot be applied if I’ve already discounted from the costs quoted on the various pages of the website which given I normally quote 1200 for a day means you’re getting a good deal either way).



In other give-aways this week free mediation is being offered by the National Family Mediation service in England for families hosting Ukrainian refugees.


You’ll remember the that the government managed to give with one hand and take with the other setting up the scheme but eventually thousands of Ukrainians were able to come to the UK and be hosted by families.


Each family had to commit to 6 months of hosting but inevitably good intentions are not always enough and the hosts and hosted have in some circumstances looked for ways to end the relationship.


The ONS says that up to 26% of hosts want to end maters before the 6 months are up, whether it be personality clashes or simply having been overoptimistic on how difficult welcoming (in most cases) complete strangers into your home is those families (on both sides) now need further help.


Svitlana Stadnyk a Ukrainian mediator who fled with her kids to the UK has joined up with NFM and three other Ukrainian mediators to offer free mediation services to those families who find themselves in need of assistance.


Svitlana says “Living with anyone is not easy at the best of times and most things have to be negotiated so that a comfortable compromise for peaceful coexistence can emerge. Add into the mix language barriers, cultural differences, new family constructs and financial pressures and there is a recipe for those well-intentioned actions to quickly deteriorate as communication problems prevent the growth of understanding and mutual support.”


If you need their help the link is https://www.nfm.org.uk/homes-for-ukraine-ukraine/



Away from free mediation (a term which as a business owner makes me break out in a cold sweat) and looking to the Supreme Court in India. Here in the case between Spicejet airlines and Kal Airways the SC is looking for mediation to help the two sides resolve their differences.



The case dates back to 2015 when Spicejet was in dire financial crisis and promoter Ajay Singh took back his controlling share of the airline.


One of the benefits of mediation as seen here is that although there are three issues and only one is presently before the court the other two are able to be included in the mediation talks. It’s good to know that as in India in England and Wales you don’t have to go to the expense of changing your pleadings you can address any and all issues between parties in mediation (provided both sides are willing to discuss the issues).



And finally you know I love a good list for strategizing in mediation here’s a great list of what to do to avoid trouble in a business partnership and how using a mediator at the formulation stage (before you fall out) is a good idea.


I’ve seen more handshake deals go wrong in the last nearly 30 years of legal and then mediation practice than I care to think about (and yes I was one of the hand shakers on more than one occasion so I know what I’m talking about).


Carmela DeNicola’s piece is worth the time to read if you are thinking of forming any kind of business arrangement especially if the people with whom you intend to partner up are already colleagues or friends.


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 07931318347 or via email at ed.johnson@northwestmediation.co.uk

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