Agree Dispute Resolution

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Agree Dispute Resolution
  • Country: Canada
  • City: Dundas
  • Type of organization: Private Company
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Mediation – Arbitration – Coaching - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All kind of conflicts

[edit] Description

[edit] Solutions Oriented Conflict Management

Conflict inevitably impacts individuals and organizations as they attempt to negotiate the effect of constant change on their lives. Conflict is a form of competitive behavior involving actual or perceived differences in interests or limited resources.

Conflict, when well managed, is a dynamic catalyst for positive change. When mismanaged it produces hostility, stress and other costs to individuals and organizations. These costs include not just dollars and cents but lost opportunities, damaged or destroyed relationships, low satisfaction and high recurrence levels. In any conflict situation there will always be a "right next step". Effective conflict management leads parties to identify and take that step.

[edit] Approach

Agree focuses on helping clients make better decisions through the use of appropriate conflict management processes. Experience has shown that this approach will significantly reduce the cost of conflict management. At the same time, processes which emphasize principled negotiation, consensus building and collaboration tend to empower and increase the effectiveness of all involved.

[edit] Services

Agree provides services through its partners and a panel of highly qualified Associates with training and experience in effective conflict management. Processes available through Agree include:

  • Mediation: the single most effective process for overcoming the barriers to settlement and meeting the real interests of all parties;
  • Facilitation: working with larger groups to foster collaboration and develop consensus;
  • Partnering: helping parties at any stage of a construction project or working relationship manage conflict and work together effectively;
  • Workplace Services: Assessment of the underlying causes of a dysfunctional or conflicted workplace, together with a clear workplace remediation plan;
  • Training: tailored in-house courses, from half day to a week, focusing on the effective use of ADR, conflict management and negotiation;
  • Arbitration: Timely, efficient hearing to determine outstanding disagreements about either the facts or the law.

[edit] Benefits of Mediation

Mediation has several advantages, particularly when utilized early in the life of a lawsuit:

  • Because more than 90% of all cases settle, early mediation enables parties to a dispute to evaluate a case early and encourages the early resolution of the matter before undue time, energy and money are expended and before litigation takes on a life of its own.
  • Mediation is voluntary; nothing happens without the parties' consent. The parties retain a high degree of control. Each party retains the right to withdraw at any time.
  • Mediation does not involve a decision imposed by a judge or an arbitrator. Rather, the parties to a dispute, guided by the mediator, craft their own solutions which effectively meet their needs and interests.
  • All communications in mediation are privileged and cannot be used as evidence. The parties control disclosure to the mediator and whether and to what extent matters disclosed to the mediator may be disclosed to other participants in the process.
  • Mediation allows for creative solutions to the parties' dispute, often allowing all parties to come away from the mediation process with benefits unavailable through litigation or arbitration. Parties work together to "make the pie bigger".
  • The use of a mediator promotes reasonable dialogue by taking the bravado and posturing out of the settlement discussions. The emphasis is on working together to solve the joint problem.
  • In the less than 10% of cases that do not settle in the mediation process, the parties benefit from refined discovery, early witness evaluation and streamlined trial preparation reducing litigation costs significantly.

[edit] Mediation Benefits Lawyers

Mediation is consistent with the goals and economics of a lawyer's practice. For plaintiff's counsel, the earlier a case resolves the earlier the plaintiff and plaintiff's counsel get compensated. For defense counsel, mediation represents a commitment to take a proactive, cost-effective approach to solve the client's problem. A commitment to mediation is an effective marketing tool. The lawyer is now a "problem solver" committed to producing cost-effective results through mediation that meet the interests and needs of clients. This represents a competitive advantage in the market and will lead to more files and more clients.

[edit] Mediation Works!

In Canada and the United States experience has show that about 80% of the cases in mediation settle on the first day! An additional 10% settle within a month of the initial mediation session. The result is a low cost, high benefit investment for all involved. Mediation works! Make a commitment to let it work for you.

[edit] Contact

36 Dundas Street, Dundas, Ontario L9H 1A2

Phone: 905-627-5582.

Fax: 905-627-5362

Email: debc@agreeinc.com

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