Mediation includes the following:
- A one hour needs-analysis with the person initiating the mediation (initial consultation) – R750
- A two hour empathy session with each party – R1800 per person
- A joint mediation session – R900 per hour. The number and length of actual sessions required is difficult to determine beforehand and largely depends on the complexity of the problems brought to the mediation. Bear in mind that this price includes preparation, follow-up and admin.
There may be two mediators present to secure high quality mediation, in our practice we do not increase the fees when we have a co-mediator present.
The mediation process
Step 1: We talk to you about your conflict. Email or text us to set up a session to discuss the context. (Needs analysis)
Step 2: We or you approach the person or people involved, and return to us these legal forms. Mediation is a voluntary process and will need all parties to be willing.
Step 3: The mediator will speak on the phone or meet in person with all parties before the mediation to get some background and understanding of the case including any documents you would like them to read.
Step 4: You think about and prepare your ‘opening statement’. This is a chance for you to be heard at the beginning of the mediation.
Step 5: On the day of mediation everybody meets in a central place for the mediator to introduce the mediation process.
Step 6: The mediator finds the real interests behind each person’s position, connecting to each of their needs, and helps stimulate creative solutions. The mediator may also help you state your requests in a way that other people are likely to receive well.
Step 7: The mediator drafts a settlement agreement which includes all the issues at stake. It may be possible to sign a legally binding agreement on the same day. In some cases this agreement is drafted and signed the following day.
A settlement is not reached. In these cases you have the choice to either proceed to court (with a clearer view of your position) or to set a date to mediate again or to work with self mediation.