The Smart Way to Avoid Court
JOHN HAMEY MEDIATOR
A BIT ABOUT ME
Originally from a legal background, I've been mediating since the turn of the millenium on what I call the Triple-A model:
Available - when and where you need me
Affordable - priced with a keen eye on the competition
Accessible - working from East Anglian Chambers, I have full-time back-up to handle your questions, bookings and billing when I'm away mediating.
DON'T GET TIED IN KNOTS!
Any dispute will tie your hands. A really serious dispute can choke your business.
Put Your Dispute to Bed
Mediation isn't magic: it won't turn the aggressive, unreasonable idiot on the other side into a firm but reasonable model of good sense like you! In calmer moments, however, almost everyone thinks that putting a dispute to bed through reasonable compromise is better than the endless sleepless nights of a Court case.
Mediation isn't magic: it can't guarantee the outcome you want. But by speaking privately to each side in turn to find out how the parties are thinking, a mediator can work through your wishlist to help you put the possible outcomes into three categories: (1) what the other side will accept; (2) what they won't accept; and most important (3) what they probably will accept with a bit of movement from you. Once your lists overlap, you've both got a deal you can live with!
Getting on With Your Life
The outcome won't be perfect: mediation isn't magic, after all. Once you reach a deal, however, you will have something you can live with and will have shut down once for all the financial risks that litigation always brings - and just as important, given yourself the time and energy to start doing something more productive than paying lawyers to fight your battles. And if you don't manage to do a deal, well then, at least you have not damaged your case. The whole process is confidential, because everyone signs a contract not to disclose what happens during the negotiations; if you do end up in Court, therefore, the other side will not be able to tell the judge what you said during the mediation.
"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
IF YOU THINK I CAN HELP, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH
East Anglian Chambers, 4, The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH