Resolve Disputes With An Accredited Mediator and Engineering and Construction Specialist
Taking action in the courts isn’t the only way you can resolve a legal or contractual dispute. Nor is it always the best way. At Lenz Moreton, we value solutions over litigation. Although litigation is one means to an end, there are others. That’s why, where appropriate, we encourage our engineering and construction clients to consider mediation. As specialists in engineering and construction law, we understand the challenges and complexities you face, and can advise you on the best solutions to suit you. We provide a personal service designed to protect you and your livelihood.
How Does Mediation Work?
Mediation is a form of legal negotiation between you and another party. It is facilitated by a neutral, accredited mediator who assists you and the other party to identify the issues in your dispute, and negotiate a resolution. Mediation can be voluntary, or court-ordered. Your mediator is not a judge, and does not make a final decision. Their role is to guide you and the other party so you reach a final decision together. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution.
There are many benefits to choosing mediation with an accredited mediator over litigation.
If your dispute is resolved through mediation, you won’t pay for the costs of preparing and running a trial, or the days/months/years that your lawyer could spend in preparation for the courtroom.
Disputes are usually resolved more quickly through mediation than litigation – sometimes in the space of a few hours. By saving time resolving disputes, you’ll have more time to concentrate on your business’s productivity and profitability.
Court hearings are public. Mediation is private. Only you, the other party (or parties), and your mediator will know about the dispute and the resolution. This protects your names and reputations.
Mediation has a higher chance of leading to a satisfactory outcome for you and the other party. Unlike in court, you both have control over the end resolution. And because you reach an agreement together, it’s more likely you’ll both be compliant with it.
Choosing a Mediator
We advise you to choose an accredited mediator to guide you through the mediation process, as they will have received specialised training in this area. We also suggest you choose a mediator who is an expert in your field. At Lenz Moreton, our principal, Chris Lenz, has a background in engineering, and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator. His technical understanding of the engineering and construction industries qualifies him to help you negotiate agreements that are not only satisfactory, but are also appropriate to your industry.
If you would like to save time and money resolving disputes by using the services of an expert mediator, then Lenz Moreton can help. Call us today on (07) 3220 0299 to discuss whether mediation is an appropriate path for you to take. We look forward to helping you resolve disputes through negotiation.