Mediations and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Its been said that justice is for those who can afford it. Its true that any legal remedy comes at a price and theres never a 100% chance of success. Parties now often use one of the Alternative Dispute Resolution methods to solve their legal disputes in an attempt to resolve a dispute in the most cost-effective manner. This is achieved at the lowest level by negoitiation between the parties. At Websterlaw we can assist clients with their negotiated settlements. If that doesn't work the next step can be to involve a Mediator as an independent party who will structure the negotiations with a focus on seeing if the parties can resolve their dispute. With our extensive experience in this area, we can act for our clients in the mediation process in a very effective manner. We can also assist in the other alternatives such as Arbitration and Adjudication.
At WebsterLaw, we have acted for clients in mediations for family, commercial and employment related matters. Our firm does not do court trials, but will take the case up to the mediation stage. In most court cases nowdays, the parties are required to attend a Judicial Settlement Conference and we can help clients in that situation.
The Family Court for settlement of disputes over relationship property and care and contact issues
The High Court for commercial claims or estate challenges to provisions in wills, Family Protection Claims or Testamentary Promises Claims.
The Employment Court - for both employer and employee issues and personal grievance claims.
We quickly get to grips with the fact scenario, apply the law, then use a practical approach to try and get a resolution of these matters.
Donald has also completed Parts A and B of the Mediation courses run by the New Zealand Law Society and is qualified to do family mediations. For the last 6 years Donald has been enrolled at Massey University doing extra mural studies by way of a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, specialising in Dispute Resolution. This is an 8 paper course and Donald has now successfully completed 6 of these, with the 7th being a block course Practicum to be held in July 2019 and a final special interest paper to be done in the first semester of 2020. This new specialty area is an exciting development for the firm.