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Nühn-Morris Mediation
Mediation is quicker and can be arranged at short notice

Frequently asked questions about mediation

Why should I try mediation and not simply go to court?

  • Mediation is quick and efficient and can be arranged at short notice.
  • The costs to an organisation of a conflict are high, not only in financial terms, but also in management time, stress and uncertainty. Mediation can reduce these costs. The actual cost of a mediation is agreed in advance and is limited.
  • The aim of mediation is to reach a mutually acceptable solution, and not to have a winner and a loser. The result is a win-win solution, or a compromise.
  • Mediation can restore the relationship between the parties, because they resolve the conflict together. This is valuable for a future working relationship, or for long-term contracting parties, or a personal relationship.

I don’t want to meet the other person anymore!

Mediation entails talking to each other. There is no point in only telling your version to the mediators. It is important for you and the other person to tell each other what the problems are and to listen to each other, so that you can reach a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator will guide this process. It is also possible that he mediator will talk with you each separately. You can always take an advisor with you. The advantage of mediation is that it is a flexible procedure  which is dictated by the parties and the conflict and where confidentiality is guaranteed.

May I take my lawyer with me?

Mediation entails talking to each other. There is no point in only telling your version to the mediators. It is important for you and the other person to tell each other what the problems are and to listen to each other, so that you can reach a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator will guide this process.  It is also possible that he mediator will talk with you each separately. You can always take an advisor with you. That person will also be subject to the confidentiality rules.

What do you think of the other party’s story?

As mediators we are always neutral and objective and do not pass an opinion nor give a judgment. Our task is to ensure that the parties really listen to each other and hear what the other is saying. We facilitate in this process.

My foreign colleague has a completely different vision of the business. We do not communicate with each other and cannot agree. How can mediation help?

A mediator who specialises in intercultural problems recognizes the differing prisms through which parties view the conflict, and will acknowledge the obstacles and facilitate the discussions in that context. Language can also be a stumbling block. We mediate in English and in Dutch. Parties find it easier to express their differences in vision and approach in a confidential atmosphere in their own language. That way mutual respect and trust can be restored, and the communication between them improved. Together they can choose an efficient, practical method to achieve a binding resolution .… possibly by choosing the best that both can offer!

How long does a mediation take?

The procedure is flexible and can be adapted to the parties’ wishes and to the type of the conflict. It can be planned at very short notice and without long intervals between the sessions. On average 3 short sessions are sufficient. However one-day mediations can also be planned.