The day of Mediation
On the day of the Mediation, there will be a short intorductory session and the Mediator will make sure that everybody is prepared for the day and if not signed already, will ask them to sign the Mediation Agreement if not already returned.
Following that, the Medation will usually commence with an opening joint session, where the participants, their legal advisors (if any) and the Mediator are present. The Mediator will open the session and there will then follow a process whereby all present introducing themselves.
During this time, the participants are invited to make a short opening statement about the dispute and their case, they can seek to clarify points and even suggest solutions. The participants will undoubtedly be clear about what their arguments are in relation to the dispute and therefore the time in this first open joint session is best spent to put forward constructive points that may assist in the settlement of the dispute.