Mediation is a confidential process, which is driven by the parties, who participate voluntarily and in good faith. It is a means of resolving issues that have arisen, leading to dispute or conflict, facilitated by a mediator. The mediator’s role is to facilitate and encourage open communication and full-disclosure between the parties in an atmosphere of co-operation and responsibility, to reach an agreement that they both find acceptable. Mediation creates a platform for non-adversarial discussion and, hopefully, leads to a better understanding of the nature of conflict such that similar disputes could be avoided in future.

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau

What kinds of conflict can ARC help me resolve?

Our mediators have a range of skills and experience applicable to many kinds of disputes but we specialise in resolving the following:

Family Mediation

  • Agreeing terms for divorce and legal separation
  • Resolving probate disputes where a will has been contested
  • Agreeing terms for the care of elderly relatives – “Elder Mediation”
  • Agreeing succession plans for family-run farms (to meet Teagasc recommendations)
  • Mediating where there are issues of capacity, including wardship & enduring power of attorney (EPA). ARC has successfully resolved disputes involving going-concern family businesses where an owner of the business no longer has capacity. Justice Peter Kelly outlines why mediation may be successful in such scenarios in this Law Society interview.

Workplace Mediation

  • Improving communications between employees in dispute
  • Facilitating cooperation between business owners in dispute
  • Creating workplans with work colleagues who are no longer cooperating or working together effectively
  • Negotiating settlements for employees exiting your workforce, including in cases where there’s existing litigation under employment law.

Commercial Mediation

  • Agreeing settlements for breach-of-contract disputes
  • Agreeing settlements for personal injury litigation
  • Resolving shareholder/partner disputes
  • Negotiating buy-ins and buy-outs of business relationships
  • Agreeing succession-plans for businesses

Community Mediation