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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 continues to use 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.

As we talked about previously the Portland Police Association and the City of Portland are due to begin mediation regarding their collective bargaining agreement today (28/7/21).

There’s a minimum set number of days under the state employment laws which means at least 15 days of talks will be carried out confidentially.

The talks began pre-covid in 2020 and resumed in January where around 30 of the issues at stake were agreed, under the same statute 150 days were allowed for talks before either party could opt for the mediation process (no I’ve no idea why they can’t do it earlier). The PPA asked for the 40 plus unresolved issues be brought to mediation including the use of body cams, disciplinary procedures and the Independent Police Review Board which the good folk of Portland voted to replace with a citizen led board.

I’m not going to comment that these highlights all seem to focus on areas which officers might see as opening them up to criticism. Arbitration remains an option post mediation which would mean handing the control of the decision back to a third party rather than resolving the issues between the parties.

Notorious businessman and building tycoon Yusuf Lakdawala and his second wife have been directed to mediation to deal with the division of assets from their separation and divorce proceedings by the Bombay High Court.

Justices Prasanna Varale and Nitin Borkar said “We only propose you go for mediation as there are allegations and counter-allegations. It may not be a happy state of affairs in the family. The allegations are not in good taste,”

The soon to be second ex-wife Sabina Lakdawala is petitioning for police protection amongst other orders. She alleges that not only was she initially met with hostility by the respondent’s children and their partners but that Lakdawala pretended he was nearly 10 years younger than he was (his 61 to her 34 at the time being completely different to him being the 52 he claimed).

Sabina is seeking to assert the equal rights she says she was promised from her husband’s business empire. Lakdawala is in jail currently due to “economic” offences and his children are trying to get his assets transferred to them, while he suffers prostate cancer in jail.

Stating that as a result of the nature of the allegations the parties (including the adult children) would need “a third party, a respectable senior mediator”.

Rohini Amin and Mathews Nedumpara for Sabina said mediation will “resolve the issue instead of going for protracted litigation”.

Staying with Indian family courts but in the Supreme Court this time where the Kirloskar family have a dispute of a deed of settlement (assets of the family business). The Bombay High Court had previously ordered the family members not arbitration, but the Supreme Court has overruled that decision and said the family must go to mediation first.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited is a 133-year-old group of companies including a pump manufacturer which is a household name.

Brothers Atul (CMD of Kirloskar Engine Oils Ltd), Rahul (CMD of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Ltd) and Sanjay Kirloskar, promoter of the Kirloskar Brothers Ltd will all now attend mediation.

Arbitration has been the traditional choice of wealthy families in the country but the Supreme Court has ordered that all sides nominate mediators to or agree a retired Supreme Court judge as mediator.

The allegations range from mis-selling shares by brothers (and spouses) in breach of previous settlement agreements and non-compliance with non-competition clauses.

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 Northwest Mediation on 07931318347 or via email at

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