OM Thinking

Our mediators are dedicated not only to providing quality services but also to promoting and developing the field of mediation. Please look at our articles below for the most recent OM thinking.

OM mediators offer ONLINE MEDIATION

With face to face mediations not possible and court cases further delayed, online mediation has never been more attractive. Many of OM mediators use Zoom technology, with which many people will already be familiar. Zoom enables the mediator to set up an online meeting, including private “breakout” rooms, closely simulating the physical arrangements in a

April Mediation Theatre Event

On the evening of Tuesday April 2nd OM staged a mock mediation at the offices of Blake Morgan in Oxford. The event, which was hosted in association with the Oxford Construction Group, was attended by experienced mediators as well as those new to mediation. The role play involved a dispute between shareholders in a company,

David Poole Memorial Award 2019

In March we were proud and delighted once again to recognise a promising mediation student by presenting the David Poole Memorial Award to Sana Mansur, currently a third year LLB Student at Coventry University. Our picture shows Sana Masur, alongside her tutor Harriet Lodge and Head of Faculty Professor Stephen Hardy, receiving the award from

Getting the most out of your mediator

It is very often worth telephoning your mediator before the mediation day for an introductory discussion. All discussions with your mediator, including this one, are confidential between you (unless you chose to authorise disclosure of any matter). Your mediator’s task is to provide a process, which is neutral, to enable the parties to explore the

Creating and claiming value in negotiation and mediation

“Getting to Yes” (Fisher and Ury’s seminal negotiation book) argues that “Principled Negotiation”, or win-win negotiation, is how you maximise value for all parties in negotiation. We are encouraged to “separate the people from the problem”, “focus on interests, not positions.” and “invent options for mutual gain”. By doing this we avoid the evil outcomes of

Mediation – Essential Planning for the Day

As in any field, pre-planning will optimise your chances of success so before any mediation, time spent in preparation will usually be well rewarded. You will want to consider how best to capitalise on the opportunity the mediation offers you to get the settlement you want. One of the main things you can do, is

Lies and Truth in Poker and Mediation

Mediation is not like a game of poker, but there can be similarities. In mediation as in poker, people do not always tell the truth. In my experience, bald lies are rare in mediations and different factual accounts are usually the result of failed memories, poor observations or honest differences of opinion – unlike poker.

Refusal to Mediate affects Costs Entitlement

The Court of Appeal, in its February 2011 judgment in the case of Rolf –v- De Guerin has taken the opportunity to reiterate that the conduct of parties during litigation, and in particular a refusal to mediate or attempt other forms of alternative dispute resolution, will have a significant impact on the costs award at

Workplace Disputes – A Duty to Mediate?

Mediation is now commonplace in family and commercial disputes. No doubt this is partly because the Courts can insist that the parties try to settle their disputes out of Court but, equally, because mediation works. Mediation in the workplace, however, has taken much longer to become recognised. Why is this? Between 2004 and 2009, employers

Workplace and Employment Mediation – Two Case Studies

The following two examples of cases mediated by Oxfordshire Mediation mediators demonstrate how mediation can provide a safe, impartial setting in which, with the help of a neutral third party, a resolution can be found to both workplace and employment conflicts. Workplace mediation tends to involve conflict between two or more employees, rather than being