THE MEDIATION CENTRE
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The Mediation Centre offers a variety of alternative dispute resolution services to suit your unique and specific circumstances. Our offices are in Brackenfell but we also operate Durbanville.

Below are the alternative dispute resolution services rendered by The Mediation Centre:
  • Family Mediation
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Elder Mediation
  • Facilitation
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Parenting Plans
  • Pre-Divorce Mediation and settlements
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Independent Arbitration
  • Workplace Disciplinary Hearings
  • Deeds of Settlement
 
 WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is generally defined as the intervention in a negotiation or a conflict of an acceptable third party who has limited or no authoritative decision-making power, which assists the involved parties to voluntarily reach a mutually acceptable settlement of the issues in dispute.

In addition to addressing substantive issues, mediation may also establish or strengthen relationships of trust and respect between the parties or terminate relationships in a manner that minimizes emotional cost and psychological harm. 

   
NEWS, VIDEOS, INFO AND TESTIMONIALS
 

6 Reasons You Need a Prenup

Tabloid headlines are showing up in Chicago. The top is the divorce between billionaire investor Ken Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin in Chicago.  All the fireworks center around their prenup signed 11 years ago. The Griffins tied-the-knot at the Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris. Then began a two-day party which featured entertainment by Donna Summer and Cirque du Soleil.

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Beyond “Getting to Yes:” Building Mediation Skills and Insights into Relationships

A quarter century ago many believed we were experiencing a revolution in the way conflict was managed.  Nowhere was this more noticeable than in the construction sector, the primary focus of my practice as an advocate and dispute resolution professional.  There, frustration with the costs, delays, risks, and limitations of lawyer-driven adjudication prompted growing attention to informal methods aimed at early resolution of disputes, putting those who “owned” the dispute back in the driver’s seat. 

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Agatha Christie Helped Me Be A More Effective Mediator

Give me a great mystery book and I can get lost for hours trying to figure out “who done it?” Of course, Agatha Christie is the Grand Dame of all the mystery writers, and of all her characters, my favorite is Miss Marple. So how does reading Miss Marple books complement my mediation skills and techniques?

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Claiming Mediation's Future

Our own article on the future of mediation focuses on emerging trends and untapped potential. In addition we decided to write a rebuttal to “Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination” which was written by the esteemed Robert A. Baruch Bush, and Joseph P. Folger for Mediate.com in November 2014.

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Arbitration in Evolution

Professor Thomas Stipanowich, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Research Fellow Zachary Ulrich, have published “Arbitration in Evolution: Current Practices and Perspectives of Experienced Arbitrators,” Columbia American Review of International Arbitration, Forthcoming ; Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014/30.

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator

Perhaps you've come to the realization that divorce mediation is the way to go for you and your spouse, but how do you choose a divorce mediator? After all, not all divorce mediators are created equal. Here's my advice for how to choose the best divorce mediator for you: Top 10 Tips for Choosing a Divorce Mediator:

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TESTIMONIALS

Connie Theron, Practising Attorney - UCT Law Clinic
“While working at the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and later at the UCT Law Clinic, I found the pro bono mediation services of Gerrie van der Watt of the Mediation Centre to be highly professional and extremely effective in our divorce matters. It is fantastic that our clients, with little or no financial means, can benefit from such an excellent programme.

The mediators are able to provide a non-threatening environment in which the clients are able to talk openly about issues that matter most to them, but which the Court in a divorce matter may choose not to entertain. Through the mediation sessions, the clients are able to reach an agreement together which ultimately they are both happy with. In cases where mediation did not yield the result of a settlement, the process was still extremely valuable, giving the parties better perspective and highlighting the key issues in dispute.”