By: Phillip D. Green Barrister  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Parties, Dispute Resolution, Mediation

Phillip and Nicola Hartfield have been colleagues since 1999.  While they both mediate individually, they prefer the co-mediation model, combining Phillip's extensive legal expertise with Nicola's interpersonal and relational skills and experience. 

When Phillip and Nicola co-mediate, they reduce their normal hourly rate and parties pay a collective rate. 

The Benefits of Co-mediation

By balancing legal and non-legal, age and gender experience, Phillip and Nicola draw on a broad scope of professional and life experiences, insights and skill bases, which they bring to the mediation process and the settlement table. 

Phillip and Nicola work seamlessly with legal matters and relationship issues to provide a wide range of creative solutions for parties. 

As male and female they are ideally suited for those cases involving gender issues eg harrassment, family business. 

As a barrister with wide ranging experience at the bar Phillip is adept at identifying legal risk, and working alongside counsel to achieve practical outcomes. 

Nicola is a mediator and dispute resolution consultant.  Nicola's skill base includes over 24 years of experience in resolving interpersonal relationship disputes. 

Two mediators bring an effective use of time to the process, able to work individually with the parties, thus eliminating long waiting periods whilst maintaining the momentum of the mediation process. 

Phillip and Nicola combine their personalities and informal style to create a relaxed atmosphere which enables them to gain the trust of parties and guide them through the mediation process. 

Phillip and Nicola mediate in all areas of dispute.

Keywords: Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Parties

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