Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects.
Typically, a neutral, independant and impartial third party, the mediator, conduct a process that aims to facilitate the flow of information, clarification or restore relationships, and helps the parties to negotiate a settlement.
Mediators work with people who are trully committed to finding solutions to their conflicts and seeking support for it.
They work with people who are seeking the best ways to resolve conflict and restore a healthy relationship their “opponents”, past or present.
-> a professional mediation relationship exists when mediation includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party.
-> I conduct civil, commercial and workplace conflicts mediation.
Mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary.
The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.
-> a mediation project usually takes place on 2-6 sessions, a mediation session lasts between 45 and 90 min; my mediation sessions are face-to-face but can be exceptionally conducted by telephone or by video conference.
Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement.
A mediation partnership offers a confidential space to explore ideas, problem-solve, and establish a realistic, clear plan of action to reach desired outcomes.
–> mediation aims for sustainable solutions to conflicts;
–> the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours.
==> taking less time means not only expending less money on hourly fees and costs but being able to “move on” as quick as possible.