What happens when the mediator is the block to resolution?

IMI Certified Mediator Sarah Blake has been conducting an Advanced Dispute Resolution Seminar Series. One recent event asked “what happens when the mediator is the block to resolution”, and resulted in the below document, which looks at hurdles and potential resolutions, as well as questions for lawyers to consider asking.

Have you ever been part of a mediation when the mediator seems to get in the way of a good outcome? It can be incredibly frustrating for all involved and sometimes results in parties agreeing to outcomes that are limited, unsustainable or even no agreement at all. Our panel members explored a case and engaged with participants in a collaborative and enriching discussion about the problems and potential opportunities.

Sarah Blake (2019), Advanced Dispute Resolution Series© - What happens when the mediator is the block to resolution

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