When To Mediate
Mediation Is Appropriate
- If you have a sensitive family matter or topic.
- Before you have lines drawn in the sand.
- Before swords are crossed and weapons are chosen.
- Once you realise relationships are tense, jeopardised or at risk – whether they are personal, professional, business or commercial.
- If you feel threatened by court proceedings.
- After court proceedings have been issued. Mediation can run parallel as it is outside court proceedings.
- While waiting for your hearing, your judge, your lawyer, your day in court. Maybe you won’t need it?
Alison Shaw of SHAW Mediation successfully mediated a contract and building works dispute for one of our clients. I found the mediation to be useful in requiring the disputing parties to be in one place at one time, allowing each side to express their position (and even vent their frustrations) whilst being kept in line by an experienced mediator. It was by no means certain to me beforehand that the matter would resolve at the mediation, but Alison’s guidance and systematic approach facilitated a commercial settlement. I am confident the parties would not have reached a better outcome if they had gone to court. I rate highly the mediation process used by Alison Shaw in this matter, and would recommend her to other clients considering mediation in the future.Matthew Hawke