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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers

Chambers members train lawyers in Greece

Monday, 18th May 2009

Following on from their successful mediator training project in Athens in December 2008, Chambers Members Amanda Bucklow and Charles Middleton-Smith recently completed a further training programme, this time for lawyers representing clients in mediation. The programme was specially written to train lawyers in the skills and approaches needed to engage counterparts and represent clients at mediation. Topical issues for participants included suggesting mediation in the current climate, preparing the client for mediation and effective preparation and strategies for the mediation day. The course participants were lawyers in private practice with an interest in learning how to use mediation to develop their practice and gain a competitive advantage.The objectives of the course were to develop a strong skill set and build confidence in using mediation effectively. The questions addressed on the course included: * How can mediation increase the value of my business offering?* How do I persuade my fellow partners that mediation is not about losing fees?* From claimant representatives: How do I persuade the defendants that mediation is a good idea when all they really want to do is postpone the case for as long as possible?* From defendant representatives: Why would I suggest mediation to my client when the last thing he wants to do is to pay up?Participants left the course with a portfolio of skills and techniques and the confidence to create value by using mediation at many stages of the commercial relationship and not exclusively for dispute resolution. 'There is nothing more helpful to the mediation, and to a good outcome, as a well prepared client and lawyer who have explored their case from all angles and have a flexible plan.?¬¢‚Äö?ᬮ¬¨?? says Charles Middleton-Smith. Amanda Bucklow agrees and adds: 'It is vital that potential users of mediation are confident about the process, their role and the opportunities it offers them to improve their own business. This course gives lawyers and their commercial clients the skills to get the best out of the day. They can take control in the most positive way.?¬¢‚Äö?ᬮ¬¨??

 

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