Hybrid mediations – are they as effective?

Julie Somerville

Hybrid mediations – are they as effective?

Hybrid mediations – are they as effective?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic.  In 2020, there was such a frantic scramble to get on top of unfamiliar technology and find new ways to work so that mediations could continue.  Fast forward to mid-2022 and it’s probably fair to say that […]

Unlocking horns…….Breaking the Impasse

Unlocking horns…….Breaking the Impasse

Have you ever been stuck in a mediation where the parties have reached an impasse, it feels like it’s going nowhere, and a resolution seems impossible? There are a few reasons why this can happen, and understanding these reasons and knowing how to overcome them can help to break the impasse. The great divide An […]

The Importance of Pre-mediation Preparations

The Importance of Pre-mediation Preparations

Some mediations are straightforward and proceed without a hitch, but others are so complicated that you wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea in the first place.  Regardless of the complexity of a mediation, pre-mediation preparation is key to ensure that you are always representing your client well. If you don’t prepare […]

The Three Stages of a Successful Negotiation 

The Three Stages of a Successful Negotiation 

Negotiating the resolution of a matter at mediation isn’t always easy.  There is so much at play – different views of the facts; conflict between the parties; resentment; anger; hurt and often the feeling that nobody is really going to “win”.  There is no magic answer to what makes a successful negotiation, but there are […]

7 Strategies to Overcome Common Emotional Threats in Mediations

7 Strategies to Overcome Common Emotional Threats in Mediations

In my last blog, I explained why it’s so important to understand the psychology and neuroscience of conflict in order to engage effectively in a mediation.  I talked about an “amygdala hijack” which is an emotional response that occurs when strong emotions virtually take over the thinking part of your brain making it difficult, or […]

Understanding the role of emotion in a mediation

Understanding the role of emotion in a mediation

Mediations can be highly emotional for all parties involved, but especially so for claimants.  For them, it’s often the only chance they will have to be heard, to say their piece and to finally put a matter to rest.  They are likely to be stressed, fatigued from the drawn-out litigation process, confused, upset, hurt and […]

Mediating in lockdown – bringing trauma informed design to the online setting

Mediating in lockdown – bringing trauma informed design to the online setting

Damn Delta variant ….. Sydney has been plunged back into its longest Covid lockdown to date; and with no real end in sight … however with the learnings of lockdown #1 under our belts – mediations have seamlessly moved over to various AVL platforms. Once I finished brushing up on the updates (thank you Teams […]

Three key features of an effective opening statement

Three key features of an effective opening statement

The opening session in a mediation can elicit a range of emotions. It is often the first time that the parties interact with each other since the dispute arose.  For claimants, the anxiety levels are usually very high and emotions are bubbling very close to the surface. For respondents, or more common in my area of […]

How to choose the right mediator for your matter

How to choose the right mediator for your matter

Have you ever wondered if a different mediator would have been more effective?  Wouldn’t you love to have a crystal ball to foresee how the mediation will play out on the day? While that crystal ball doesn’t exist, choosing a mediator that the parties trust, and can develop a rapport with, is one of the […]