In business if a problem escalates to a dispute, it needs to be resolved quickly, before the profitability and productivity of the business starts to be affected. Because of the delay and expense which may occur if matters go to Court, or if there is a need to preserve business relationships, the better option may be to utilise alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques. There are a variety of such techniques, but the most commonly used ADR technique at the present time is mediation. Kott Gunning's ADR team will advise on the best ADR technique for clients' disputes.
Mediation is a process in which an independent third person assists the disputing parties to find a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator helps the parties to resolve the dispute themselves, arriving at a settlement agreement that suits both. This informal process has been found to be speedy and cost effective in most instances.
Assisting and representing clients in Mediation
Kott Gunning can advise clients on whether mediation will be suitable for their dispute, suggest appropriate mediators for that dispute and assist clients with preparation of position statements (where appropriate) or other written presentations. At the mediation itself, Kott Gunning will represent clients in the presentation of submissions and in the conduct of negotiations, also advising clients on the best settlement options as the mediation progresses.