'The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.' Author Unknown
Although a mediation is very much "the client's day", an representative with experience of the mediation process can be an important asset in helping the client to achieve a satisfactory and acceptable settlement. A basic understanding of essential negotiating techniques and terminologies, such as "anchoring", understanding "BATNAs", "WOTNAs" and "ZOPA" and the framing offers as gains to the other party rather than losses are all important factors. Lawyers, in particular, often get very bound up in the strengths and weaknesses of the legal case (an important reference point) but can find it difficult to focus back on the personal and commercial needs and interests of their client and the other parties.
Since Tony Hughes is an experienced mediator and has an intimate understanding of the mediation process, he is particularly well qualified to represent clients at a mediation.
If you would like to know more please contact us. We regularly represent clients in mediations. We believe that the development of realistic mediation and negotiation strategies is an important part of the process of resolving a commercial dispute.