The Mediator’s Role
A Mediator helps you and the other party to;
- Listen to each other
- Identify the real issues between you
- Understand your underlying needs
- Work out options that meet both your needs
- Write up an agreement (if appropriate)
A Mediator does not:
- Take sides – My role is to be impartial and provide a safe environment for you and the other party to talk to each other about your issues.
- Give legal advice – You are welcome to bring your lawyer to the mediation or to seek legal advice from your lawyer before, during or after the mediation. If you reach an agreement, you may decide to ask your lawyer to draw up a more formal agreement.
- Provide counselling – I am very experienced with helping you deal with any emotions that arise during mediation. By allowing emotions to be released and understood in this safe place, you will find that you can finally move on with your life. If it does become clear that you might benefit from seeing a Counsellor, we will discuss that, privately.
- Decide the outcome for you – Mediation allows you to be in control of the outcome and reach an agreement that meets both your needs. If you take legal action, a Judge, Arbitrator or Adjudicator who will decide the outcome according to the law and that decision is usually binding on you.