Browsing Archive: January, 2017

When may a mediator be called into negotiations?

Posted by Stephen Wood on Monday, January 2, 2017, In : When to use 
In his textbook 'The Mediation Process', Christopher W Moore sets out that a mediator may be called into negotiations when:
  • Parties are having difficulty contacting each other, convening a meeting or starting talks;
  • Disputants cannot reach agreement on an acceptable forum or structure for negotiations;
  • Parties' emotions or expression of negative feelings about the situation or toward each other are intense and are preventing a focused or calm discussion or agreement;
  • There is a significant lack o...

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When is a conflict ripe for negotiation?

Posted by Stephen Wood on Monday, January 2, 2017, In : Negotiation 
In his authoritative textbook 'The Mediation Process', Christopher W Moore sets out that in general, conflict is ripe for negotiation when the 2 parties are:
  • The primary and critical people involved in the dispute who could potentially engage in a joint problem-solving process;
  • Interdependent and must rely on the cooperation of one another to meet their goals or satisfy their interests;
  • Able to identify and agree on the major issues in dispute;
  • In a situation where their interests are not necessa...

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Stephen Wood is an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, an ADR Group Accredited Workplace Mediator, an ADR Group Accredited Online Mediator and a Consultant Litigation Solicitor. In 2017 Stephen was appointed to the Panel of Chairs of the Valuation Tribunal of England. Stephen has undertaken over 50 paid mediations.