Just as the wheels of justice grind slowly – and expensively – the growth of mediation as a fast and less expensive method of obtaining satisfaction for disputes has grown rapidly.
So too have been the number of lawyers and others who have entered the ‘mediation market’ seeking to play role in disputes that range from neighbourhood fence issues to global commercial and civil disputes.
Even at a global political level, mediators are playing an increasing role with our Number 1 mediator, Warren Sowerby, having advised the United Nations on the use of mediator as a dispute resolution mechanism.
Although New Zealand does not have a general mediation statute, mediation is incorporated into over 60 statutes and has grown rapidly as a faster and less expensive means of resolving disputes than the Courts which can refer matters to mediation or various tribunals.
Access to state-managed mediation services is simple and inexpensive, although top-level mediators can readily charge up to and more than $10,000 a day for their services.
We have identified the top 10 mediation stars as part of the LawFuel Power List.