I have been practising law since 1983 and working as a mediator here in Christchurch since 1992, completing updating training throughout that time. This has included mediation work as a part of my general Family Law practice, for CYFS directly, for the Family Court, and through the national mediation organisation, Fairway.
Membership of the New Zealand Law Society Panel of Mediators and the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand demonstrate my commitment to continuing education and best practice.
Conflict resoultion via mediation allows clients to make their own decisions rather than waiting for a Judge to do so. I have found mediation to be a faster, cheaper and less stressful process for a family or organisation than working through the Court system.
Mediation is a confidential process; the fact that all participants agree that information cannot be taken outside the meeting means that we can explore settlement options with an open mind.
Mediating with me involves both parties, and if they wish their lawyers and an independent financial advisor or the parties' accountants, along with any other professional we all agree would be helpful in assisting the decision-making process. As your mediator, I will meet with each of you separately before we meet in the larger group so that you can be assured the issues important to you are discussed. Sometimes several meetings are necessary to ensure that all the information that is needed for a fair resolution is available.
The mediation fee is fee is paid jointly by the parties unless they agree on a different division of the account beforehand.
Although based in Christchurch I am happy to travel throughout Canterbury, to the West Coast and further afield should that be required.
Please contact me to discuss how I may assist you to reach a practical, positive settlement.