Why businesses should consider mediation instead of litigation (Part II)

Some advantages of choosing mediation over litigation in resolving business disputes had been highlighted in an earlier blog post. This post aims to bring to light other advantages that mediation has over court proceedings when it comes to resolving business disputes. Confidentiality One of the major reasons for opting for mediation above litigation is the confidentiality it affords the disputing […]

Why businesses should consider mediation instead of litigation (Part 1)

Businesses, irrespective of their scale or size, get into disputes of all kinds. Businesses, big and small alike, can find themselves in some sort of dispute with their staff members, suppliers, customers, business partners and, of course, other businesses. Big businesses usually can afford to settle these disputes by taking legal action since most of them boast of a robust […]

No jurisdiction to order security for an award as a condition for a party to be allowed to resist enforcement

The Supreme Court [2017] UKSC 16 has now had its say in the latest incarnation of the long-running saga of IPCO v NNPC, in which IPCO has spent the last 13 years trying to enforce a Nigerian award which, including interest, is now in the order US$350million. The Supreme Court had before it a narrow, but important question: whether an […]

How do you handle emotional outbursts as a mediator?

Emotional outburst isn’t an unusual occurrence during mediation. Due to the conflicting interests of the parties, there is a very high tendency of either or both of them being quite emotional about the subject matter. Therefore feeling overly sensitive and threatened are not alien emotions. Sometimes the outburst could be mild or extreme depending on the sensitivity of the situation. […]

Self-negotiation strategies to resolve intrapersonal conflicts

Every single day, we are faced with the dilemma of making a choice for ourselves. One would presume that because there is no second party involved that it would be much easier to reach a decision, however this is not the case. The choices we have to make daily ranging from the basic things like choosing between wearing heels and […]

These attributes and skills will help you become a better mediator

Just as it is with most professions, the practise of mediation requires some personal attributes and skills if one would truly excel at it. While prior specialised training in related fields may offer an advantage in acquainting practitioners with the formalities of the mediation process, anyone who is committed to learning and improving over time can become a good mediator. […]

5 ways to improve workplace relationships with mediation

Conflict is practically inevitable in any situation that requires people coming together. This is especially true when cooperation is required over a prolonged period, towards achieving a common goal, for example in the workplace. It is therefore important for employees to imbibe dispute resolution principles and for employers to be deliberate about dealing with conflicts in a way that promotes […]

5 ways to improve personal relationships with negotiation

When most people think about negotiation the first picture that comes to mind is that of two people pushing their respective agenda in a business or professional context, with each one attempting to win the other over. However negotiation is not limited to the business or professional environment. It is a fact of everyday life. Whenever two or more people […]

Harnessing the power of mediation to drive social change

Over the past few decades the practice of mediation has enjoyed increasing acceptance across the world. It has been used to resolve conflicts in lots of differing contexts ranging from families to schools, communities, workplace and commercial disputes. Mediation affirms the general premise that most people appreciate fairness and want to do what is right. The work of the mediator […]

What everyone should know about arbitration in Nigeria

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly popular globally and Nigeria is not left out. ADR is an umbrella term for any means of settling disputes outside the courtroom. Such means include mediation, arbitration and negotiation. This blog post will focus on helping non-technical readers understand the general concept of arbitration. Unlike litigation which is a court based process to […]