The parties and their concerns are just as diverse as the couples, families and their members. Single parents, maybe with a new partner, might want to define their relationships within the patchwork family. The relationships between different members of the family might be an issue. Separations can be discussed and coped with. Family mediation can also mean to mediate between parents and children. Relationships can be newly shaped and experience a new breath of fresh air.
In intergenerational, inheritance or separation conflicts mediation can support families to better understand the other party. The parties can jointly develop individual solutions in a self-determined way which are coherent and viable for them. Mediation offers the opportunity to take relationships to a new level.
If unresolved conflicts in construction projects are taken to court the costs can quickly explode because in addition to the litigation costs there is the risk of construction stops, claims for damages or terminated business relationships.
An accompanying mediation process can help as a preventive measure to guarantee a planning process without disturbances. By involving the various interest groups (e.g. neighbourhoods, investors, authorities, building contractors) all parties can participate in finding a solution.
Mediation can also be useful during and after the construction phase, for example if defects are discovered and have to be rectified or if contracts have been breached. It can prove expedient to agree a mediation process in the building contract.
Joint residential property owners and self-build groups often have to take far-reaching decisions when they construct a new building or refurbish an old one. In such a case the mediation process can help to clarify different interests and provide the framework for successful conflict resolution in joint projects.
In this field our team can also provide expert knowledge and experience from similar professional contexts.
“A team is only as strong as its weakest link.”
A good working atmosphere boosts motivation and performance in a team. Sometimes, however, things do not run so smoothly in work teams. Even before an open conflict it can be helpful to take preventive steps. At the latest when an open conflict cannot be resolved it is time for intervention. Mediation is a professional and suitable process to resolve a conflict.
There are often early symptoms that things have not been clarified: processes don’t work, information is not received or there is a peremptory tone amongst co-workers. In many cases, hostilities and bullying are not recognized or only recognized too late.
Successful mediation can help you clarify how communication and procedures can be improved and how communication that has ceased can be resumed.
After the conflict has been resolved successfully and the team has regained its strength, the workplace will again offer opportunities for creativity and top performance.
Here, the partners are committed wholeheartedly and often they make large financial investments and take high risks. Especially in the first years or in times of crisis they invest a lot of time and effort into their company. However, roles and the division of tasks are not always clearly defined and this unclear starting situation can easily lead to misunderstandings. The distribution of the company’s profit and loss can also lead to disagreements. If such a conflict remains unresolved it can easily endanger the partners’ professional existence.
In a mediation, the disputing parties can deal with these issues and reach an agreement which meets their needs.
In relationships with business partners, customers and suppliers misunderstandings and interruptions occur. Agreements and contracts are interpreted in different ways, even when they are in black and white. If services are delayed or not rendered at all this can have considerable economic consequences and might endanger the business relationship.
Mediation offers the opportunity to clarify and renegotiate issues and can prevent prolonged and expensive legal disputes. This saves you time, effort and costs and you can build and maintain a trust-based business relationship.
Family businesses are special. Here, where family meets company, business interests might clash with family interests. There is a complex network of private and professional relationships. The roles in this system are diverse. The role in the family is not the role required in the company and vice versa. The question of succession or differing ideas about the company management can both enrich and burden cooperation in the company and the family members’ private life.
The great responsibility for the family and the company provides challenges, opportunities but also conflict potential.
Within their community, in their club, their voluntary organisation, their neighbourhood, people are committed and they dedicate a lot of their free time to achieve their goal together. Different opinions and characters meet, sometimes there are opposing interests. If there is a dispute this might lead to the failure of the whole project.
Mediation helps to clarify interests and ways to approach each other. If the talents, skills and abilities of each individual are recognized and appreciated the joint project can succeed in the long term.
In many areas of life people from different nationalities and cultures meet – in the workplace, in the neighbourhood, in clubs and associations, in schools and nurseries, within families. Every person is shaped by his or her cultural background and the value concepts associated with it. This cultural diversity can be enriching, it provides us with insights into other ways of thinking. But sometimes there are misunderstandings and prejudices and conflicts might arise. To look at it more deeply, to develop awareness, to reduce prejudice and find good solutions, even when the dividing lines are rigid - all this can be achieved in a mediation. One of the mediators in our team is fluent in English and Spanish and we can offer mediation in these two languages.