Podcast Review: What Makes a Good Mediator?
Lawyers Weekly Podcast (The Lawyers Weekly Show)*
Reviewer: Lachlan Tassell
In this episode of the Lawyer’s Weekly podcast, host Jerome Doraisamy spoke with Nicole Davidson, who recently won the Mediator/Arbitrator of the Year category at the 2022 Australian Law Awards.
Nicole discusses her journey from solicitor in private practice to commercial mediator and negotiation consultant as well as the growth she has observed in the use of mediation in Australia over the last 20 years, noting some of the challenges to the continued growth in Australia.
Nicole is a big advocate for mediation – particularly before proceedings are commenced – and notes the potential cost savings and ownership over the outcome it provides to participants.
Nicole also provides guidance on the appropriate mindset of a mediator, the importance of controlling the conduct of the mediation and usefulness in tailoring the process to suit the users.
The episode is about 25 minutes long and well worth a listen for anyone conducting or participating in mediation as part of their practice.