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Process + Fees

How to get your mediation underway

Before Joe can begin your mediation, all parties to the dispute need to agree to attend. This means that all parties and their lawyers have discussed and agreed to attend, and have also agreed who will be responsible for paying the mediation fees.

If you are wanting to propose to another party that Joe mediate a dispute, then please feel free to use the summary of Joe’s mediation process and fees here and his CV here.

Please note:  Joe will not be involved in negotiating your attendance or payment of fees.

The mediation + conciliation process


Preparation is key

The better prepared you both are before making contact with Joe, the faster mediation can happen. Thorough preparation also means that you are far more likely to reach an agreement. Joe’s mediation process is designed to ensure thorough preparation and maximise your chances of settlement.

Zoom mediation process

Once you have both agreed to mediation, have provided your available dates and paid the mediation fees, then the process starts.

1. Preparation meeting

Joe Harman holds a half hour Zoom or telephone meeting with your lawyers, or any party who is self-representing.

This meeting is to agree on what preparation is needed, such as disclosure of material, completion of valuations and preparation of a joint balance sheet.

This meeting also enables Joe to gain a basic understanding of the dispute.

2. Preparation Video

You will each be asked to watch this short informational video in your own time, to help you prepare for the mediation. 

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3. Individual client meetings

A separate half hour Zoom or telephone meeting with each of you is next, to introduce Joe and discuss the mediation process. During this meeting, any concerns you have can be raised, so that the mediation process can be designed to maximise everyone’s comfort.

4. Mediation

Your Zoom mediation session can take between 3 and 4 hours or most of the day, which should give both of you time to make the right decisions to resolve the matter, without being pressured, or becoming tired.

More time

If you need more time, a second session can be arranged, fee from $2000 to $3000.

Separate breakout rooms

There are separate breakout rooms for each of you and your lawyers. This means you can have confidential discussions with your lawyer without leaving the mediation session.

Fees


The total fees (GST inclusive) are as follows:

TWO PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE

Arranging and preparing for mediation $1,000 total including GST ($500 each)


Mediation session $2,000 total including GST ($1,000 each)


$3,000 total including GST ($1,500 each)

 

(Additional session $2000)

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MORE THAN TWO PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE

Arranging and preparing for mediation $1,500 total including GST ($500 each)


Mediation session $3.000 total including GST ($1,000 each)


$4,500 total including GST ($1,500 each)

(Additional session $3000)

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Face-to-face mediation process


If you require face-to-face mediation some additional requirements apply.

Mediation venue

Your lawyers are responsible for arranging the mediation venue. This can be the office of one of the lawyers. The venue must include a joint meeting room for the mediation, and a separate room for each of you for confidential meetings.

Preparation

All steps in the preparation and arrangement of the mediation would still be by Zoom or telephone.

Travel

If you want your face-to-face mediation to occur outside of Hobart, I charge a flat rate of $1,000 towards airfares and travel costs.

Payment


All fees are invoiced before each step and must be paid before each step is taken.

*If your dispute settles before mediation starts, the mediation fee will be refunded.

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