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  • Writer's pictureEd Johnson

Mediation news round 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.

Mediation comes in all shapes and sizes from the argument with a high street supermarket (which Northwest Mediation resolved with one email this week) to the front line of conflicts.

As seen here where mediators (braver than I) are working with West African leaders and the military officers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK).

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is acting as lead mediator met with Colonel Assimi Goita and his team to discuss the situation which one delegate said had focused on the trade restrictions which have been imposed on Mali since the coup.

There is debate about whether the talks will lead to restoration of IBK with surrounding nations calling for his return to restore stability but, in possibly the most obvious piece of news-blogging, those who deposed him are not so keen to have him back!

IBK and his government had long been accused of corruption and being responsible for appalling security lapses in a country where ISIS and Al-Qaeda operate.

The deposers have already stated they want to return to stability as soon as possible, their reasoning for acting as they did was because of IBK’s failure to address the security of the country reflected in the outbreaks of violence which were threatening to spread to neighbouring countries.

More international sabre rattling in the near and middle east where Germany continues to act as mediator between Greece and Turkey, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is trying to resolve the ongoing tensions between Athens and Ankara.

Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey has called the EU two faced in its dealings with his country and Greece, but even his recent announcement of a large gas field being found in Turkey hasn’t helped his position.

Matters were not helped by Turkeys decision to revert the Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Savior in Chora into a mosque. You may recall the building has been church, mosque, museum and back again over the course of its existence but the Greek foreign office has said the decision was reprehensible.

The UAE and Greece are set to carry out a joint military exercise in the eastern Mediterranean which is seen as a warning to Turkey regarding its own activities in Libya.

Meanwhile back in the more familiar filed of family law mediation those wanting a quick look at the differences between settling your dispute by arbitration or mediation could have a look at his article by Ryan Gannon.

Of course there is always the option of med-arb where type of ADR one turns to another form by agreement of the parties.

And the results of an intense period of mediation can be seen here where thanks to state funded mediation work strikes have been avoided in the manufacturing industry with Fellesforbundet and Parat unions agreeing to changes in terms and conditions for members after an extra day of mediation with the Federation of Norwegian Industries.

Many mediations for civil disputes will take a day of exploration with the parties to find ways forward, sometimes it takes a little longer, but no time is wasted in talking and listening in mediation, you can assess your own case, the opponents needs work out your genuine red lines (they may not be what you thought they were at the start of the process), in the end you will find a resolution that works for everyone.

And how do we get to be so confident about mediation? Northwest Mediation knows that mediation works, having a positive attitude from the outset is important, not least for the mediator faced with two entrenched parties with strong personalities. This article explores further the attitude which gets the best results.

The PON Staff (program on negotiation) at Harvard Law School conclude that having a positive attitude (along with high expectations) towards and in a negotiation will indeed affect the results, leading to a better result.

They reference work by Laura Kray of UC Berkeley and Michael Haselhuhn of the University of Pennsylvania which delved into the effect that PMA has on the outcome of mediation.

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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