At Smythe & Jones, our mediators are experts in the complex process of negotiation and settlement of disputes. These skilled facilitators orchestrate a mediation like an efficient business meeting, create a dynamic, structured, and respectful climate, and see that all parties – as well as their counsel and/or their insurers – have the opportunity to express themselves as needed to generate a full understanding of all aspects of the conflict.
They strive to help the parties focus on their fundamental needs and priorities and seek out and encourage common ground in order to arrive at a satisfactory settlement These effective mediators will also go beyond simple facilitation of the process, to explore the parties’ positions, raise questions regarding these positions, conduct reality testing, and focus the participants on the potential strengths and weaknesses of their case, in a non-threatening and confidential manner.
Our valued mediators give honest feedback and have the ability to cut through posturing and argumentativeness to help parties get down to the business of resolution. With their aid parties will be able to develop an agenda, identify key interests, and create a realistic action plan which can be committed to and implemented.