Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties to a dispute engage the assistance of a neutral and impartial person (a mediator) to facilitate negotiations between them, with a view to resolving their dispute in an private, confidential and amicable manner. It is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method often referred to as a “facilitated negotiation.”
We offer mediation services for a wide spectrum of disputes. For selected cases we provide pro bono services. Please contact us for an enquiry.
Role of the Mediator
The principal role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties in conflict. He/she will help the parties to reach a voluntary resolution to their dispute that is timely, fair and cost-effective. Although the mediator manages the meeting and is in charge of the process, he/she should not impose solutions or decisions and has no power to force a settlement. A solution should only be reached by agreement between the parties – they are responsible for the ultimate resolution of the dispute.
Mediation for Startups
Startups are complex and stressful environments. A small disagreement that is not attended to can have disastrous results leaving startup dreams shattered and resources wasted. The most important criteria for investment and factor of success is the team executing the idea.
The common problems faced by startup teams and suitable for mediation are (list is not exhaustive):
Equity splits and compensation
Skewed decision-making power
(Co-)Founder motivations and vision
Who works the hardest
Lack of role definition and responsibility
Culture: work culture Vs. intrinsic culture
Conflicting management styles
Try mediation before it kills your startup. Our mediators have co-founded and mentored various startups and are thus able to empathize and relate with the situation that both parties are facing.