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If you are looking for a mediator with experience and a great track record for guiding people to agreement then you are in the right place.
Amanda is an international commercial mediator with over two decades of mediation experience, a reputation for getting people to the table and engaging them in successful negotiation and good decision-making.
Her personal style is to focus on generating good decisions and she has an enviable track record as a guide and catalyst for reaching agreement between even the most ‘individual’ of individuals.
Clients frequently remark on her commercial flair, creative input and persistence in finding a resolution with a persuasive yet non-confrontational style. “If there is a deal to be done, she will help you find it.“
For many years, she has enjoyed consistently positive feedback in both of the main independent legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
- Financial Services
IT & Telecoms
- Planning and Development
- Public Sector
- Rail, Air and Shipping
- Fashion & Design
- Fine Art & Photography
- Intellectual Property
- Marketing & Advertising
- Performing Arts
- Board & Trustee
- Elder Care
- Family Business
- Inheritance & Probate
- Merger & Acquisition
Employment and Workplace
REtention and performance
Whatever the outcome, be that a parting of the ways or restoration of a working relationship, it requires specialist skills to help employees and employers to arrive at an agreement which helps both out of a painful impasse. If you appoint Amanda in an employment case, you can be sure that all the options will be fully explored. Often, parties come to mediation with a decision and it is the mediator’s role to manage the examination of what is possible and what is achieveable.
On time, on Budget
Construction is a sector in real crisis and with overwhelming expectations to improve profitability in very short timescales. Finding shorter routes to market and the pressure on suppliers to deliver value for money, quality and consistency, these are urgent goals that demand exceptional skills. Mediation and structured negotiation offer a realistic opportunity to find agreement, conserve relationships and to learn something that will alleviate the growing pains in the transition to sustainability.
Rail, Air and Shipping
quality and speed
When the world economy is under pressure, aviation, rail and shipping sectors are amongst the first to feel the effects. Environmental pressures, regulation, market fuel prices, disposable income and company restructuring are all factors in how these sectors respond to the challenge of staying profitable. In the end, the objective is to run a successful business in challenging times. Disputes take away the energy from the important demands of building and maintaining a profitable business.
IT & Telecommunications
Speed and agility
In a fast moving world where agility and problem solving are key to preserving high value contracts, disputes cost a great deal not just in money but in lost opportunities. Mediation offers speed, options and significant cost savings. It also deals with the pace of change and the need to respond to risks and opportunities.
Marketing & Publishing
Brand and Reputation
The marriage of creativity and commerce can be rocky. Creating something new and monetising it is fraught with risks. Whether drafting initial agreements or settling disputes, the mediation process is appropriate and effective because it can take account of nuances and build pragmatic and imaginative solutions.
Very few family businesses make it to the third generation without a serious dispute. The values and vision change for each generation. Mediation is the opportunity for re-alignment of those values and vision and a chance to build a secure and successful future and sustain a legacy in the interests of those the business exists to benefit.
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Why Should You Appoint Amanda?
Amanda draws on a rich commercial background which encompasses engineering, transport, financial markets, marketing, manufacturing and creative disciplines.
International Business and Cross-Border
Extensive experience of concluding business in a multitude of countries. Her international experience makes her an obvious choice for cross-border and international disputes.
Knowledge and Expertise
Respected mediator Amanda Bucklow is experienced in mediating a large variety of cases, with noted expertise in employment disputes regarding dismissal and discrimination. Her international practice also takes in claims involving property, professional negligence and public sector issues. She is “charming and engaging,”according to one source, who adds that she is “particularly useful in cases involving complex personalities, which she can read like a book.” Chambers and Partners
Who pays for the mediator?
Is a mediation always one day?
It is amazing how much can be achieved in one day. For more complex cases two or more days happens frequently. With a very limited amount of information about the matter Amanda will be able to advise on the options and design a process that suits the people and the problem.
There are some types of matters where a half day followed by a further day might be more appropriate. Alternatively, a good deal of preparatory work can be done by phone so that everyone arrives at the mediation with a clear idea of what needs to be discussed. Amanda is well known for her preparation of herself and of the parties so that everyone has a sense of what might happen and the time is used to find a settlement.
How do you chose a mediator?
How do I prepare for a mediation?
The ‘right’ settlement agreement will depend upon the right planning and preparation. Preparation for mediation is not the same as preparation for trial: greater emphasis is placed on
- identifying the elements of a settlement and what they might look like.
- preparing the client and their legal representative for making the best use of the time
- position statement which is focused on informing the mediator rather than rehearsing the pleadings
- strategy and plan for considering options
- effective selection of supporting documents.
There are other elements of of preparation and these are covered in the Mediation Advocacy Course.
Is mediation always about compromise - meeting in the middle?
When is the best time to mediate?
Mediation works at anytime during a conflict or dispute. One of the obvious advantages of early dispute resolution is controlling the costs. These are not just legal costs but the costs of delay, distraction and lost opportunities. The earlier the timing of structured negotiation the more likely the relationship can be restored and the investment in the contract preserved. This is important where parties are likely to be in business with each other in the future.
The ingredients for a good mediation are willingness to engage, healthy cynicism and a desire for a resolution. The rest is up to the skills and experience of the mediator. For more information see FAQ How do you chose a mediator?
Doesn't mediation simply add to the costs?
The short answer is ‘no’. Each case is different and there will be a small number that in the end were more expensive because of taking part in a mediation.
However, here are the myth busters:
1. Only about 3% of claims end up in trial. Some fall away, some are thrown out and the vast majority of what remains is settled before trial. Very many of those on the ‘steps of the court’. It costs money to get to the ‘steps of the court’.
2. Over 70% of mediations settle either on the day or shortly afterwards.
Therefore if you take 1 and 2 into account why would you decide not to mediate or have a managed negotiation? It will give you the best possible chance of making a good decision rather than have one imposed on you which you may not like.
And 3. Increasingly, the courts are penalising those who refuse to mediate by refusing or reducing the awards of costs even if you are successful.