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New news in mediation

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 a bit of a time for new things this week, for me new office hardware to improve flexibility and speed.


For two Kansas litigators turned mediators it’s joining forces and forming Eischens and Vogel Mediation Solutions on 1/11/21. David Vogel and Joseph Eischens bring over 50 years litigation experience but more importantly Joseph’s last five years have been spent in full time mediation work.


Joseph said “We have been in the trenches…We understand the pressures inherent in managing risks, budgets, stress and client expectations, and we are able to apply this knowledge to provide cost-effective problem-solving. We believe this is an advantage over other neutrals, who may not have direct experience managing both caseloads and clients, and carrying matters through the discovery process and trial.”


Couldn’t have said it better myself, Northwest Mediation wishes them success.


In Cambodia the securities and exchange regulator (SERC) has created a brand new dispute resolution centre to help investors, companies and client disputes reach a resolution without the protracted use of court services.


The parties need only file their complaint with the centre and a mediator will be appointed to independently assist in the parties reaching a conclusion.


Even better the system confirms that any agreement reached during mediation will be binding on the parties (so no need of further court order or seeking a consent order like we would in the UK if proceedings have already been issued).


Lorraine Segal writes this week about a new approach to conflict resolution and mediation, she in turn is reflecting work done by Tina Quinn on bringing 5% more to the table.


Whether it be 5% more breathing, reflection time, listening, openness, willingness to contribute or let go 5% is a small amount but the act of pausing is in and of itself helpful in mediation whether a measurable 5% change exists is not really the point it’s making sure time enough and more is given so that all involved can find a way forward.


Lorraine asks for your examples of what 5% more would look like, I’d be happy with 5% more profit but I think that will take more than 5% more commitment to blogging!



And a week cannot go by where I don’t notice some mediation scheme for tenants and landlords, as we entre the post 30/9/21 period in the UK and notices for s8 and s21 go back to pre-pandemic levels it’s good to see that over in the states there is still a will for mediation before litigation.


This time the new process is in the Solano County Superior Court which has scheduled conferences to get parties together in what sounds like a mega mediation meeting. It’s been a month since the moratorium ended on evictions in the states and Judge Wendy G. Getty, who is tasked with supervising the process said “The past 18 months have been an extremely difficult time for both landlords and tenants. Recognizing these challenges, the civil division added settlement conferences to the eviction process, which have proved to be an invaluable asset by reducing conflict, promoting understanding of the legal process and assisting the parties to reach resolution. This program continues the hard work the judges have put into helping landlords and tenants to find solutions.”


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 ed.johnson@northwestmediation.co.uk

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