Learning & events
Webinar recording | Managing power imbalance in the commercial mediation context
With Paul Sills
pre-recorded | Online
In this webinar Paul Sills (leading commercial mediator in NZ) offers consideration of the following questions in relation to managing power imbalance in the commercial mediation context:
- Power imbalances exist – so just get over it?
- What is it really all about – self-determination at risk.
- Process versus substantive imbalances.
- The mediator’s role – how far should the mediator go?
- Communication skills – listening and questioning.
- Hypotheticals and role-play.
- The exploration of needs.
- How to deal with the devil.
- Terminating the mediation.
About the speaker
Paul is a barrister with 26 years’ conflict resolution experience. Paul is an independent mediator and arbitrator in New Zealand and internationally. He is also a business advisor and independent director. Paul has spent time as the CEO of an international construction business.
Paul’s appointments include; Fellowship of AMINZ (both arbitration and mediation), Arbitration Mediation and Farm Debt Panels, Fellow of CIArb, Fellow of Prime Disputes, Fellow of MIArb (Malaysia), Resolution Institute Determination and Arbitration Committee member (Australasia), Netball New Zealand Disciplinary Committee chairman, mediator for the Marine Industry Association, and mediator for the New Zealand Law Society. Paul is also Chairperson of the New Zealand Master Builders Association Code of Conduct committee and is on the Franchise Association of New Zealand mediation panel. Paul is now the Director of Professional Studies (mediation) for AMINZ and is running the 2021 Fellowship programme.
In 2020 Paul was awarded the Mediator of the Year award at the New Zealand Law Awards and was awarded the Prime Disputes leadership award for equality and diversity in dispute resolution.
In addition to his Fellowship studies, Paul has completed the Advanced Mediation Course at the Harvard Program on Negotiation.