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Mediation news catchup

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.

Well it’s been a long time since I blogged, have you missed me?

It’s been busy so I do apologise if you’ve missed your regular dose of news from the world of UK mediation.

Some exciting things have happened (really) with the Ministry Of Justice “moving the dial” towards mandatory mediation in civil claims.

You’ll note my scepticism in relation to being able to settle 10k claims in a half hour phone call remains firmly in place but any push is good for mediation and good for clients.  I’ve had several cases this fortnight alone where the court has directed parties to seek assistance and resolution  through mediation so the message is definitely hitting home. And as of today those rules come into effect.

Meanwhile Michael Lang gives us an idea of what I do and setting out on what makes a good mediator (not the box ticking stuff you have to do for certain bodies but the actual work) Self awareness of their own conflict and the values you bring to working with people in conflict, so all the stuff you go through in life, the good, the bad, the ugly builds your effectiveness, spotting when you hit your sensitive spots.  How you react to bad mouthing and shouting, that you feel the answer is easy and should tell clients (a big no-no) lawyers do this a lot in mediation, I should know.

It's a good discussion, I constantly reassess what went well, what didn’t where I can source more assistance and guidance. It’s a lifelong learning thing, it’s why I worry about young mediators the more experienced in life you are the better, I am happy to be proven wrong in this as we need more mediators (well I don’t need the competition but the field is growing).

As a father of one soon two university students I am pleased to see that the right to protest is still being used and that where necessary mediation is being called on as the way to resolve the issues, I can’t say that the rather brutal handling of some police forces seemed appropriate in the US but do know that protests where my eldest is were only moved for health and safety seems a much better way forward.

It's short this week as the roof’s leaking and we’ve all sort of fun to deal with as a result, hopefully more next week.

The three pillars of mediation remain it’s voluntary (at the moment), 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. 

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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