All courts have a process of referring cases to mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution before a final hearing or trial. 

Mediation is confidential, without prejudice and offers parties the opportunity of crafting a resolution with the assistance of a jointly appointed mediator, who facilitates negotiations rather than imposing a decision on them. 

The Litigation Team has experience in conducting mediations in the Supreme or County Court, pre-hearing conferences in the Magistrates Court, compulsory conferences in VCAT, conciliations in the Fair Work Commission for over 25 years. Whatever the form of alternative dispute resolution we know how to guide people through the process to maximise the opportunity for ‘getting to yes’.


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As the ending of JobKeeper looms, support for the Commonwealth Government’s argument that it has been discouraging people from working can be found in the decision of Howard v Pinnacle People [2020] FWC 6975. Pinnacle is a labour hire agency specialising in the supply...

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