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    Our Mediators

    • Mediator Harvinder Singh Bhurji

      The lead Mediator and Director of Effective Dispute Solutions Limited is Harvinder Singh Bhurji

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    Mediation Observations

    Mediation observations, what are they? Once a mediator has undertaken their civil, commercial mediation training; they will need to undertake three mediation observations. The purpose of these are, to actually see a live mediation take place.

    So that a mediator can actually experience what they have been taught on their civil, commercial mediation training course. Until a mediator has undertaken their observations, they cannot practice as a civil, commercial mediator.

    Three observations are set as a minimum, by the Civil Mediation Council.  After these have been undertaken, a mediator can then go and mediate by themselves.

    Of course, there is nothing stopping a mediator from undertaking more than three. To build upon their mediation experience. In fact, we have supplied more than three observations, to several mediators who wanted to gain as much experience as possible.

    Mediation Observations – The Cost

    Observations split into two types. Ones that are free. Ones that you have to pay for. In general, mediator observations lists, free or paid for can be extremely long. And or none existent. There are a variety of reasons for this.

    Long list

    • Several newly qualified mediators want to observe.
    • Parties object to an observer being present.
    • The mediator, mediation provider does not get many, enough mediation’s, to offer any observations.

    None existent

    • The mediator, mediation provider, do not take observers to their mediation’s.
    • The mediator barely mediates, so cannot offer any opportunities.

    What we do & why

    We firmly believe in quality and you get what you pay for. We charge for our observations. The observations we provide are very competitively priced. Although depending on who you go to, the price will vary.

    Unlike a number of our competitors, we have;

    Several satisfied mediators, who have observed one or more observations. And recommended us to other mediators, as they had such a good experience with us.

    Heard it all before? Don’t take our word for it, see what our observers actually say about us! Have any of our competitors got such references?

    1. Dr Ebrahim
    2. Tim Bennett, Solicitor
    3. Dr Hood
    4. Daphne Thomas, Former Employment Judge
    5. Steve Redman, Director, Legal Adviser
    6. Dr Naomi Elton Consultant Psychiatrist
    7. Mike Faulkner FCII CIP
    8. Norman Younger, Director
    9. Dr Shivani Pal LLB; LLM; PhD
    10. Lawrence King BA (Hons) MABRP Licensed Insolvency Practitioner
    11. Dr Roger Hood QVRM TD DL
    12. Sofia Amato, Solicitor
    13. Clare Waller, Solicitor
    14. Caroline Lewis, Senior Associate Solicitor
    • With us, it is not just an observation! You will be quizzed, and grilled by the mediator. For example, what would you do now, why would you do that, why did I just do that? The list is endless, in short, you will not just get an observation. You will learn a range of advanced mediation techniques.
    • Our observation list is quite simple. You ask to be put on it, when a suitable opportunity arises, we email the list. First come, first served, whoever replies the quickest, gets the observation.
    • If you wish to be fast tracked, we have a separate list, whereby we can offer all observations to you first, before they are sent out to the general list. The aim of this, is to get you ready to mediate, ASAP. We have managed to get some mediators to complete all their observations, within weeks or a few months.
    • Some mediators due to other commitments, want to take it more slowly, hence why we operate two types of lists.
    • The mediation’s we get vary from across every dispute sector, but will be mainly of a commercial, workplace nature. We mediate across the whole of the UK. Therefore, the location will of course vary.
    • We do try to accommodate those, who do not wish to travel very far, where it is possible. Telephone mediation’s are particularly helpful in this respect. As we just conference the mediator in.
    • At the end of the observation, you will be emailed a certificate of attendance, to keep in your CPD file.