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What It Takes To Be A Great Mediation Lawyer

by Geoff Sharp

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

Geoff Sharp

One of the worst looks for a mediation counsel is when the capacity for independent thought is lost. I see it only occasionally.

This could be because the client is a bully or counsel is working from a position of greed or lack of experience.

My own view is that when it does happen, it's usually because the lawyer is lazy and has failed to manage the client's expectations as the case has matured from filing to mediation.

Occasionally, it's because they don't want to lose the business, but I think that's the exception.

Anyway, doesn't really matter why, it always ends badly.

Much of personal injury lawyer John Day's advice in his 12 part think piece on What it takes to be a great trial lawyer is relevant here, especially these sections;

1. Great trial lawyers don’t cheat
2. They have the ability and willingness to undertake (and share with the client) a cost-benefit analysis throughout the litigation

3.
They can pull the trigger
4.
They are willing to be themselves
5. They have the courage to tell the client the truth

See also Greedy lawyers blamed for lack of mediation

Biography


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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