Who Participates In Mediation?


Mediation can be the right solution for anyone with a dispute – no matter how big or small. At SHAW Mediation Australia, our clients range from individuals and families with personal disputes, to community organisations, to corporations with commercial disputes who all want a quicker, more affordable form of dispute resolution in a safe and fair environment that offers long-lasting outcomes. Mediation is the preferred alternative for preserving relationships and reputation, as both can get tarnished during open and lengthy court proceedings.


At SHAW Mediation Australia, our mediators are all nationally accredited with a legal background. They are patient and passionate about mediation.

To enable participants to resolve their dispute in a convenient, safe and supportive environment, an independent and professional mediator facilitates the discussion and negotiation between the parties and their exchange of possible outcomes. The mediator helps both parties to identify mutual interests and concerns, and encourage the exploration and evaluation of possible solutions that can achieve lasting outcomes.


At SHAW Mediation Australia, we encourage legal advice during mediation. This helps you better understand what you are entitled to and how long it could take to achieve it as well as how much litigation will cost. Lawyers have an important role to play in mediation from start to finish. They advise clients about the range of potential outcomes and risks and costs of litigation and the likely timeframe to a court trial. During the mediation, they can serve as a sounding board or counsel for clients whenever the talks become intense. When participants reach an agreement, the lawyers are required to legally formalise the resolution.

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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

Cowell Clarke