The benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as Mediation
are many, however until now they have unfortunately not been
readily accessible to clients based in Newcastle or the Hunter.
Alternative Dispute Resolution refers to a wide range of
services that provide a non-litigation based approach to resolving
Mediation is one of the best known methods of alternative
dispute resolution and brings parties together in a non-combative
Unfortunately like nearly all ADR services, mediation has
usually only been available in Sydney, requiring local Newcastle
and Hunter based clients to travel to Sydney.
Given the many benefits of mediation and other forms of
alternative dispute resolution, this has been far from ideal.
Now Carroll and O'Dea Lawyers Newcastle is not only
providing the benefits of alternative dispute resolution directly
to Newcastle and Hunter clients, but we are also bringing to the
area some of the best practitioners in the field including former
Federal Attorney General, Robert McClelland.
Robert McClelland is an expert in alternative dispute resolution
and a recognised Mediator who can now bring these specialised
skills to Newcastle and Hunter clients to assist in resolving
So what benefits can clients expect of alternative dispute
Cost savings are one of the key benefits of alternative dispute
resolution and these are further enhanced by the provision of
services locally in the Hunter, negating the need and expense of
Other benefits include the opportunity to bring to bear on long
running disputes, a fresh perspective and a creative approach to
resolving issues and breaking stalemates when other resolution has
Mediation can also offer opposing parties the opportunity to
articulate their positions without prejudicing their case. This can
often reveal underlying issues that may be preventing resolution of
matters. Mediation enables these issues to be aired and addressed,
reopening the pathway to resolution of the dispute.
So where is ADR best suited as an approach? The answer is many
Any civil claim
Personal injury matters
Orders in relation to Estates
Alternative dispute resolution is also widely applicable to
areas of non-litigation such as workplace disputes, employee
grievance or workplace investigation matters.
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers are pleased to be able to
provide these new services in Newcastle and the Hunter and we know
that the region will benefit enormously from the expertise and
skills that are now available.
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