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As the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, our clients must be able to access the dispute resolution services they need. Contrary to expectations, disputes tend to become even more common at this period. If they are not resolved immediately, and effectively, with the assistance of a certified mediator, they can strain personal and business relationships.
Niemann Mediation is pivoting to online commercial mediation to ensure that people can still access cost-effective and solution-driven mediation without compromising their safety.
Commercial mediation is a voluntary and flexible form of resolving commercial disputes through a negotiated settlement facilitated by a neutral third party. Unlike litigation, the agreed-upon third party does not decide the case on the merits but merely facilitates the agreement between the parties.
Several kinds of disputes may arise even with minimal social and commercial interactions due to shelter-in-place orders. As the pandemic strains the ability of businesses to perform crucial contractual obligations, we stand ready to assist with initiating and finalizing discussions to manage these obligations. Our online commercial mediation services leverage internet technology to help you and your business partners resolve disputes swiftly and amicably.
How does this benefit you?
- It strikes a balance between personal safety and effectiveness: You can remain safe and limit exposure to the infection while addressing your biggest business disputes.
- It is quicker, flexible and convenient: You get to exercise a degree of control over proceedings and can choose platforms and neutral third party as you wish.
- It is cost-effective: It eliminates the associated expense of travels and facilities, making it a valuable option for businesses that are already strained financially due to the pandemic
The Mediation Process
Appointing a mediator is the first step to take in starting the mediation process. You have to agree with the contending party on who to appoint as a mediator on the case. You can contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Important modalities will be set relating to time and exchange of information. Every other stage in the physical mediation process applies to the virtual ones. The only difference this time is that it is being enabled by technology.
At the commencement of the mediation process, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room and briefed on the mediation process. The rest of the meeting may be done in split screens with the facilitation of the mediator. At intervals, documents may be brought up and shared either through the software or via mail with the mediator in a copy.
Privacy is also key to a successful mediation process. For the most part, the mediator may use a mute or block button to lock out third parties who are not privy to the negotiation. This is very important during caucus sessions.
If a settlement is reached after the mediation, it will be reduced into writing and sent for each party to affix his signature. A signed copy of the document is then scanned and exchanged between parties.
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Securing the services of an experienced mediator is key to an effective resolution of commercial disputes. Niemann Mediation boasts of years of experience and professionalism. For further information or to schedule a consultation contacts us or reach us via phone at:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do Online Mediations Work?
The four main stages of the mediation process are the preparation, opening session, caucus sessions, and the concluding stages. At the preparation stage, the parties appoint the mediator and employ an agreed platform. The most commonly used platforms are video conferencing Hybrid of E-mails and telephones are widely accepted as it allows for real-time chats and exchange of documents. The remaining process is conducted on the agreed platform. The mediator serves as the middleman for most of the exchanges during the negotiation. This includes excluding third parties at caucus meetings.
What do I need to bring to my virtual consultation for my mediation?
Aside from setting up your preferred consultation system. Some things must be presented during the mediation process. Commercial mediation works best when parties come prepared to negotiate. The following is a checklist of what you should bring to your virtual consultation for commercial mediation;
- Documents relevant to the dispute.
- Relevant information preferably a summary of the facts and issues.
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