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“Discourage Litigation”: Reflections on Abraham Lincoln's Advice to Lawyers

  • 22 avril 2015
  • Mitchell Rose

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.” - Abraham Lincoln

Mécanismes extrajudiciaires de règlement des conflits

The Very Hungry Mediator

  • 30 mars 2015
  • Mitchell Rose

I am always hungry. If I am not eating then it is likely that I am thinking about food – unless I am mediating. It has become a problem. Allow me to explain.

Mécanismes extrajudiciaires de règlement des conflits

Learned Pessimism: A healthful dose helps at mediation

  • 03 mars 2015
  • Mitchell Rose

When parties and their lawyers are overly optimistic at mediation, it can lead to poor decision making and unnecessary risk taking. Learning to be mildly pessimistic can be beneficial.

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The 5 Key Reasons to Settle at Mediation: Reason 5 - Finality

  • 11 février 2015
  • Mitchell Rose

At the beginning of every mediation, I tell the participants about the Five Key Reasons they should consider settling their legal dispute instead of taking it to Court. In my previous posts, I discussed four of the five of those reasons: risk, time, cost and privacy. Finally (and fittingly), the last Key Reason to settle is finality.

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The 5 Key Reasons to Settle at Mediation: Reason 4 - Privacy

  • 19 janvier 2015
  • Mitchell Rose is a mediator and settlement counsel with Stancer, Gossin, Rose LLP. He can be reached at mrose@sgrllp.com.

It should come as no surprise that lawsuits commenced in public courts are, for the most part, public. In Ontario, court documents filed in civil proceedings are, generally speaking, public record (and are rarely sealed by court). Written decisions rendered by the judges at the end of trials or other types of hearings are also public record and are increasingly available on-line to the public at no charge.

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The 5 Key Reasons to Settle at Mediation: Reason 3 - Cost

  • 19 janvier 2015
  • Mitchell Rose

Lawsuits can be costly. Parties who are billed by their lawyer on an interim basis already know this. However, even if legal fees are deferred until some future event or are contingent or dependant on the party recovering money at the end of the case, a lawsuit can still prove to be costly once the event triggering the obligation to pay a fee occurs.

Mécanismes extrajudiciaires de règlement des conflits

The 5 Key Reasons to Settle at Mediation - Reason 1: RISK

  • 15 décembre 2014
  • Mitchell Rose

At the beginning of a mediation, I discuss with the participants five key reasons why they should consider settling their civil dispute at mediation instead of proceeding to court: Risk, Time, Cost, Privacy and Finality. In this post, I discuss risk, or, more precisely, the avoidance of risk as a reason why a mediated solution is preferable to Court.

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7 SECRETS OF SUCCESS AT MEDIATION

  • 10 novembre 2014
  • Mitchell Rose

Whether or not you consider a successful mediation to be one necessarily ending in settlement, just a frank exchange between the parties and counsel or an effective case evaluation by the mediator, here are seven ‘secrets’ to help you maximize success at your next mediation.

Mécanismes extrajudiciaires de règlement des conflits