Being Grown Ups

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I’m a passionate advocate of my mediation clients having legal advice in parallel with the mediation process. Whilst I may bore them to death with legal information, that’s neutral. It’s essential in my view when clients’ whole financial future is being … Continued

Neutral Information

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Talking to a supervisee today about a case where mediation seems likely to end set me thinking (again as I spend time thinking about some very exciting things!) about not just legal information as given in mediation but also about legal … Continued

Making It Worth My While

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Just about the daftest thing I can do when negotiating is to adopt and maintain a position which means the other person has nothing to lose by going to court, going to war or simply continuing the struggle. When I was still … Continued

Talking Matters

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We mediators sit around our tables with parents. The important people most directly affected by discussions about child arrangements are absent. That children would like a direct voice is established by study after study and report after report. It’s hardly surprising. … Continued

Engagement

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Assessing whether any case is suitable for mediation isn’t an easy task. Like many things in life, knowing how to do it is a combination of science and art with a huge leavening of experience. I once sat in a meeting where … Continued