From a client’s perspective, being involved in legal proceedings can be an alienating, confusing and stressful experience. It can feel as though someone else – a judge, a lawyer, the other party – is constantly setting and resetting the agenda and forcing you to focus on issues that matter more to them than to you. It can require you to temporarily adopt a thought process in which legal strategy is prioritised over immediate life concerns and where you are invited to consistently look for sources of conflict rather than opportunities for compromise.
Mediation is a chance to approach matters differently; to slow the pace and give you back a meaningful say in decisions that affect your future. Mediation allows your interests to be articulated and for you to be heard on the things that matter to you as a person, and not just as a legal position. Many studies from around the world have confirmed that feeling “heard” is a key component to both successful negotiations and lasting agreements.
Whether you are legally represented or not, I can help you articulate your interests and use them productively to negotiate a lasting compromise. I act as a neutral intermediary to bridge the gap between differing perceptions and positions and arrive at a resolution that is acceptable to all parties.
However, if mediation is approached carefully and thoughtfully, it can do more than just lead to an “acceptable resolution”: I work with both parties to facilitate an outcome that either benefits both or disadvantages neither. Such an outcome requires careful preparation and the dedication of a highly skilled mediator to build rapport and trust and to maintain focus during difficult discussions. For details of my mediation rates and models please click here.