‘It’s Life, Jim – But Not as we Know It’ Taking your Dispute Resolution Skills into New Frontiers

Journal article | December 2014 | Available for purchase & free for members


The emergence and development of Collaborative Practice in New Zealand and Australia provides new opportunities for dispute resolution professionals. Rather than being a ‘competing’ process, Collaborative Practice allows mediators to utilise their mediation and conciliation skills within the process while contributing other core expertise that they hold. This article provides an overview of Collaborative Practice and how it differs from other dispute resolution processes. It summarises some of the empirical research regarding Collaborative Practice and sets out the various options for how Mediators may use their skills within the process in order to offer their clients a wider range of dispute resolution services and diversify their practices.

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We thank the authors of this article Selina-Jane Trigg, Kirsty Swadling and Deborah Simand, and the journal editor Russell Thirgood for their contribution to this journal.

Tags: Mediation, Legal practice, Dispute handling administration