It was an early start on a grey rainy day for the 4 ½ – hour journey to the venue and on arrival I found that we had only 2 rooms booked – an office and a very cosy storage room no bigger than a cupboard. This was a workplace dispute where the breakdown in […]
This blog first appeared in the Kluwer Mediation Blog on August 30th and can be accessed here. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the notion that computerised systems can replace human thought processes and interactions, continues to gain traction in all areas of life including the legal profession and in particular in the field of dispute resolution. Lex […]
The recent 2018 biennial CEDR mediation audit reported mediators observing a significant resistance (25% of comments) to joint meetings at the start of a mediation day. The audit shows that this resistance appears to be largely driven by lawyers who argue that no purpose is served by these meetings as parties are already familiar with […]
Conflicts do not appear out of the blue. They arise from social tension that builds up, and if not properly identified, can escalate, and become destructive. We can broadly identify three levels of conflicts: The everyday difficult relationships that will always arise between people. A conflict with a colleague, tensions in a team, rumours spreading […]
As a mediator who regularly encounters deadlock, I am accutely aware of the value of the ‘High Noon’ moments for negotiators stuck in impasse. Normally it’s a critical moment where the parties come face-to-face with the harsh realities of deadlock. In this moment they are faced with frustrated business or economic goals; a sense of […]
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