Mediation: Choosing A Mediator

Published date13 March 2023
Subject MatterLitigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Law FirmLanyon Bowdler
AuthorBrian Evans

Choosing a mediator is an important decision. The mediator will play a crucial role in resolving your dispute. Here are some tips to help you choose the right mediator:

1. Area of expertise: Look for a mediator who has experience and expertise in your area of dispute. For example, if you are dealing with a commercial dispute, choose a mediator with experience in commercial mediation, or if your dispute involves the agricultural sector, look for a mediator with an understanding of farming matters.

2. Reputation: Consider the mediator's reputation and track record. You can ask for references to get a sense of their experience and effectiveness.

3. Neutrality: Choose a neutral mediator. This is essential for maintaining the impartiality and objectivity of the mediation process. One thing to note here, though, is that the fact a mediator has conducted mediations for the firm representing one party in the past doesn't mean they are not impartial. The fact that one side wants to use the same mediator in another case reflects their view that that mediator was effective and that might make that mediator a good one to choose.

4. Communication skills: Good communication skills are crucial for a mediator to be effective. Look for a mediator who is able to communicate effectively and understand the needs and concerns of both parties.

5. Availability: Make sure the mediator you choose is available and can attend the mediation on the agreed date.


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