On Wednesday 11th May 2016 my son Oliver (reformed solicitor) and I are running a workshop at the CMC Conference. It will be interesting because it will be our first conference since setting up The Dispute Resolution Partnership last year. The DRP covers Avoidance, Management and Resolution of disputes, and our session on Wednesday will focus on dispute avoidance and in particular on having difficult conversations.
Ironic that a solicitor and mediator should be helping people avoid disputes – doing ourselves out of business perhaps. But in all our work we see situations where we know that if only a person had said or done (or not said or not done) something early on they wouldn’t be needing us. So our aim is to help people say or do the right thing and so avoid a situation escalating into a dispute.