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  • Writer's pictureEd Johnson

Mediation news update, wins least inspired title to blog of the year

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.

It’s hard to tell if the civil case brought on behalf of Harry Dunn against Anne Sacoolas was dealt with by mediation. Certainly there were suggestions In February that one of the parties was open to it and the words used in news reports about “rsoltion2 and “confidentiality of the process” suggest mediation was involved.

Sometimes mediation isn’t the headline and in Harry’s case it’s the grief his family have had to go though to begin to get some closure which really stands out. Fleeing the country in breach of your agreement with the police then claiming vicarious diplomatic immunity was never a good look. I’m pleased that at least one element of the family’s action has reached a conclusion and note that the criminal investigation is said to now be underway.

Over in New York state, Utica free mediation training is being offered through the Peacemaker program (was Peacemaker one of the Suicide Squad?).

The training will all be virtual and aimed at expanding mediation work in the family and small claims courts. I’m blogging from he UK but if you want online training why not do it from here contact Empowered Pathways on their email (link in the article).

In Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (awards for longest title I’ve had to type) has brought a new law regulating the work of mediators.

The law further encourages mediation and ADR in all civil disputes and sets out new guidance for the Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes and its head who is the director of the Dubai Court of First Instance.

By virtue of the process the court will appoint a judge to supervise the mediation…now call me old fashioned but isn’t the point of mediation to in part move away from the dictates, delays and restrictions of the court process? Just some of the many benefits of mediation here is that you do not need to be in court proceedings or involve a judge, the parties keep control of the outcome, maybe they do in Dubai and it’s just a matter of the judge making sure everything is moving along swiftly…yes “courts” and “swift resolution” not often likely bedfellows.

In Tucumcari City (New Mexico) an agreement reached in mediation has been approved by the city commission. The case listed as the City of Albuquerque et al v Stephanie Schardin Clarke and New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department revolved around the tax department unequally sharing revenue.

As a result of the agreement Tucumcari will get about $75,000 of the $50 million settlement being paid out.

The three pillars of mediation remain it’s voluntary, 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 Northwest Mediation on 07931318347 or via email at

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