WHY I BELIEVE IN RESOLVING DISPUTES?

No one wins in litigation, it is a question of how much one loses.
— William Lye
 

Asians do not believe in litigation because it causes both parties to lose face.  Losing face is worst than losing money. 

In a Western democracy, litigants are rights oriented. They focus on protecting and enforcing their legal rights.  In the East, parties seek to preserve their long term interests by giving face to each other. They focus on maintaining peace and harmony of relationship even though it may mean losing some of their legal rights. 

I am an Accredited Mediator; have been a Victorian Bar Conciliator; and a Corporate Negotiator. For over two decades, I have assisted many parties to resolve their differences or disputes.  

As a Victorian Bar Conciliator, I understand the pressures facing barristers, and the issues that often spark a dispute.  I seek to listen carefully to the underlying messages that are often buried deep, and assist my colleagues to arrive at a fair and just outcome.

As a Mediator, I seek to be the trusted intermediary (中介) between the parties.  I believe that parties can find a win-win outcome to their dispute if they focus on re-aligning their expectations from looking for a short term gain to a long term solution.  

As a Negotiator, I seek to align the party's interest to the common objective of success.

In conducting conciliation, mediation or negotiation, I bring into the process an effective cultural dynamic that creates a pathway for parties to save face based on the 5Rs: 

  • Reach-out

  • Respect

  • Recognise

  • Reciprocate

  • Reward

Mediation can be conducted at any venue.  Sometimes the parties choose the Court precincts as the venue for the mediation.  For a cost effective and access to modern facilities, I recommend the Victorian Bar Mediation Centre.