“Workplace” mediation describes mediation between two or more colleagues whose relationship is in conflict, with the aim of the parties finding a way of working together effectively in the future. “Employment” mediation takes place between parties where there is an ongoing claim—typically an employment tribunal claim—or a situation likely to give rise to one.
As a mediator, Sue’s main area of focus is on Employment & Workplace mediation, drawing on the various strands of her career. These give Sue a compelling and distinguished combination of experience and skills relating to workplace conflicts, employment disputes and executive coaching, together with expertise in diversity and inclusion.
The mediation itself will either take place remotely by video conferencing (which is increasingly common) or in person at neutral premises, such as the offices of a law firm where lawyers are instructed. Most mediations will take a full day and can often finish late into the evening. Throughout the mediation, the mediator will meet each of the parties separately and sometimes all parties will come together for a joint meeting, with everyone’s agreement.
Everything discussed between a party and the mediator is completely confidential and will only ever be shared with another party with explicit consent. Nothing is binding until committed to writing and signed by all parties. The entire process is confidential and without prejudice, meaning that anything said or seen throughout the process cannot be disclosed if the matter continues through to litigation or through another formal process.
Settlement rates are very high. Over 70% of mediations settle on the day and a further 20% settle shortly after the mediation.
“Mediation is a flexible process conducted confidentially in which a neutral person (the mediator) assists parties in working towards a negotiated agreement of a dispute or difference, with the parties in ultimate control of the decision to settle and the terms of the resolution.”
“Now that I am aware of my own patterns of behaviour, and where they come from, I can spot the warning signs and approach my relationship with [X] with a different mindset.”
“I wanted to thank you – I got that [big job] I went for. I don’t think I would have had the confidence to do that without your support.”
“It made a difference being coached by someone who has been there and done it, gets business and was willing to challenge my thinking. We had fun too! I now have a clear plan about where to go next.”
“It is no exaggeration to say that I found our [work together] life changing. It gave me the confidence and freedom to follow my instinct and find my own style as I took over the reins.”