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  • Writer's pictureEd Johnson

Mediation news catch up

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.

As mediation becomes ever more prevalent so the rules across the international border on how mediation will be carried out become more aligned.

Singapore and Japan’s two major mediation practices have agreed a new set of streamlined guidance on how mediation will be conducted in cross border disputes. The changes come out of necessity brought on by the pandemic meaning that even cross border disputes can be dealt with expeditiously and with minimum fuss and no wasted costs.

Just some of the reasons mediation works, speed, costs, efficiency and thinking outside the box.

At schools as well mediation is becoming more established, here Waco Independent School District is using funds to further their peer mediation programme.

Behavioural professionals and administrators working on campus will be specifically trained using a $17,000 fund so that they can train students to act as peer mediators working within the school system itself.

Assistant superintendent for student services and support, Dr. Rachelle Warren, said that the fund will build on work already carried out “Life has just become challenging for all of us and this is a way to allow our students to really focus on something that they can control”

Another tick in the box for mediation, keeping control of your solution. The money is from a federal grant under the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Mental Health programme.

Wise words from Graham Boyack looking at mediation in the next level of education, universities.

Graham has been helping with the University of Dundee’s Early Dispute Resolution department and interviewing prospective new members of the team.

He notes it’s a growing trend for higher and further education institutes to have teams of alternative dispute resolution staff who are early interveners in disputes between staff, students and the larger community which the institutes inhabit.

The Chief Justice of India has also said that mediation has to be key to moving forward with backlogs and avalanches of claims and court cases whenever Covid finally lessens its impact.

India SA Bobde said there would be a huge “pendency” of claims and that courts must focus on the use of mediation. He is especially worried that failing to deal with the backlog will impact on mental health and lead to an increase in suicides.

"This COVID-19 pandemic is going to present us with huge pendency of cases. I do not see any way out of it. We have to decide cases…I am not suggesting every matter can be, but when the pandemic goes away and the lockdowns are all lifted, we are going to face a flood of cases, and I do not know how we are going to decide (the cases) if we go in the usual way of following the detailed procedure. This is something which we all have to put in our minds together to deal with”

Aaaaand here’s another short article on the opportunities presented by remote mediation, the rethink in daily structure and how exchange of documents can be handled (as much to save the planet as your back lugging multiple files to mediation sessions).

Northwest Mediation likes to have an initial call with clients over Zoom to make sure the tech is all working and that signals don’t give out – we discovered that the microwave interferes at our end and on one occasion had to ask a client to “go back to the kitchen we cannot see you in this new room”, every day is a school day in some respects.

Finally if you needed any more explanation of why the pandemic is good for mediation business, or to rephrase why mediation is good for the business disputes in the time of Covid here’s a great little article about civil disputes being steered away from jury trials in the US.

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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