I am a certified mediator, having completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Intervention, jointly run by the Law Society of Ireland and the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.

I provide private mediation services to individuals and businesses in the areas of Family Law, Employment Law, Personal Injuries, Probate, and Property Disputes.

With the right independent legal advice, the parties to disputes in these areas can reach a resolution that will protect their respective rights, save them time and money, and enable them to get on with their lives instead of waiting for the slow wheels of the law to turn.

So what would this involve?

“Mediation is a process whereby an independent, neutral Mediator(s) assists the parties to come to agreement through collaborative engagement. The Mediator’s role is non-judgmental and non-directive. The Mediator is neither judge nor arbitrator and does not adjudicate or give decisions on the rights or wrongs of the actions of the parties. The Mediator supports the parties in identifying their issues and needs, in exploring how those needs can be addressed and facilitates them to reach agreement.”

This is the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland’s definition of mediation. The MII’s website provides some useful General Information about mediation, here, that explains in a bit more detail how mediation works. There are lots more articles about how the mediation process works on this American website.

Some recent media articles about mediation may be of interest if you are trying to decide whether mediation may be an appropriate form of dispute resolution for your case:

Mediation ‘could halve cost of divorce’, by Dan Buckley, The Irish Examiner, June 20, 2012

Mediation scheme saves on legal costs, by Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Editor, The Irish Times, June 14 2012