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How to prepare, properly, for mediation.

You think you have prepared well for the mediation – think again. Jacqui looks at what is actually helpful. The…

Jacqui Joyce

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Top Tips for Joint Meetings

Parties are often anxious about joint meetings, and try to avoid them. This is completely natural. It takes some courage…

Gary Webber

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No solicitors?!

Parties arranging a mediation occasionally ask whether they need their solicitor present. My answer tends to be, “Strictly speaking No,…

Sue O'Brien

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The Five Stages of Grief in Mediation

Why do mediations take so long – often all day? Sometimes the outcome seems fairly predictable. A solution is reached…

Gary Webber

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Negotiating the Settlement Agreement

It is 6pm, and the Mediator has just informed the parties that they have reached an agreement, and asks what…

Iain Travers

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How to make your mediator happy!

In my last piece I looked at some behaviours which can both alienate your mediator and be unhelpful to your…

Sue O'Brien

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How to irritate your mediator!

Mediators need to be unflappable in the face of the many ups and downs in a negotiation. We determinedly remain…

Sue O'Brien

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Heads of Terms

In this post Iain looks at a recent case, which dealt with  Heads of Terms reached at a mediation. Were…

Iain Travers

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The Art of Negotiating Through a Mediator

The role of a mediator is unique. He or she seeks to bring the parties together, without becoming a party…

Iain Travers

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Communication for Optimum Results

The parties in any dispute, and indeed their advisers, may have very different styles of communication.    For example, high…

Sue O'Brien