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Common sense trumps law in mediation every time

by Geoff Sharp

From the blog mediator blah...blah...

Geoff Sharp

The plaintiff side ran a very, very narrow and technical legal argument.

They argued that a court would never - read my lips - ever - find that the plaintiff contributed to its own loss as a result of a fraud, notwithstanding the fraud by the defendant's employee went undetected, in large part, because of the plaintiff's woeful back office systems.

And they had contributory negligence cases to die for - even a House of Lords decision bang on point - which go down big here... apparently the Law Lords say you can't steal from an innocent then, when you're caught, blame the victim saying that they made it too easy for you to do so.

Hmmm... actually that might have a logic to it.

But the plaintiff's CEO got it - he knew blind freddy could have driven a truck through his systems. He couldn't go into an open courtroom and argue that his publicly traded company had no responsibility based on a House of Lords case no one in his world would take the time to understand.

Once he understood the architecture of the argument he didn't care what the case said or what the five lawyers in the room said the case said - the laws of his marketplace were far more powerful, and he knew it.

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Geoff Sharp is a Commercial Mediator from Wellington, New Zealand. Geoff works in the Asia Pacific region, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Islands. He is a mediator resolving business problems. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and mediates complex and hotly debated litigation covering a wide range of subject matter from insurance disputes to historic sexual abuse claims.

Geoff is author of the award winning blog mediator blah...blah... a mediation blog experiment in reflective practice and the Mediation vBlog Project, a kind of mediation genome project by video blog.



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