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A mediation is a confidential process in which two parties appoint an independent third party to assist them to find common ground and reach a mutually beneficial outcome. The mediator’s role is to facilitate discussion between the two parties and understand areas of concern and encourage both sides to explore options to resolve their dispute.

The mediator is neutral and does not take sides and does not give legal advice. As a facilitator, a mediator does not have the authority to make legally binding decisions, however if the parties wish to formalise an agreement at the mediation, legally binding documents can be drafted with the assistance of the mediator to conclude the dispute.

The advantages of mediation:

  • Time – disputes can be resolved faster through mediation rather than seeking an outcome through filing proceedings with the court. Presently, parties wishing to file an application with the court in property settlement matters are having to wait approximately 2 – 3 years before a final hearing is allocated.
  • Costs – the costs involved with achieving a positive outcome through mediation are considerably less than those involved with lengthy court proceedings.
  • Confidentiality – the mediation process is private and confidential. Any negotiations or offers made at a mediation cannot be used against a party should court proceedings commence at a later stage. This encourages both parties to ‘put their best foot forward’ and propose their best ideas to resolve the dispute.
  • Decision making –the mediation process allows the parties to control the outcome of the dispute by placing the decision-making power in their hands, as opposed to litigation where the court is ultimately required to make a judgment
  • Agreement – mediation allows the parties to formalise an agreement at the end of the process should they wish to do so.

The mediation process:

1. Initial phone contact. At this stage we will take initial details from the parties and arrange for a suitable time for an intake session to be undertaken.

2. Intake session. Prior to any mediation we will undertake an intake session in which we will gather information and screen the parties for their suitability to proceed to mediation. Intake sessions run for approximately 30 minutes and can be done through either telephone or Zoom.

3. Mediation. Mediations can be organised by either the parties or their legal representatives and are typically undertaken over a period of either half a day or a full day. Should the parties require, we can provide rooms to facilitate any mediation.

4. Formalising an agreement. Should the parties wish to do so, we will assist in drafting legally binding documents to formalise an agreement to conclude the dispute.

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Matthew Buckley – Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Matthew is a Nationally Accredited Mediator registered with the Australian Mediation Association. As an experienced family lawyer appearing regularly in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Matthew has extensive experience in dealing with complex property settlement matters.

Matthew is heavily involved with community engagement and is passionate about facilitating productive dialogue and finding positive outcomes for parties in dispute. He also has a strong commercial understanding and is an advocate for mediation ahead of potentially lengthy court litigation. All mediations are conducted on a half-day or full-day fixed-fee basis.

Contact Matthew on 0415 604 593 to discuss whether your dispute should proceed to mediation.

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Respectful and informative

Matthew was patient, respectful and informative. My partner was stressing out in regards to her legal matter and he was immensely helpful in alleviating her worries. Matthew was able to provide great service and clear cut answers during the phone consult and assure her of the situation. Most importantly he ensured all the concerns were…

Respectful and informative

Matthew was patient, respectful and informative. My partner was stressing out in regards to her legal matter and he was immensely helpful in alleviating her worries. Matthew was able to provide great service and clear cut answers during the phone consult and assure her of the situation. Most importantly he ensured all the concerns were addressed and didn’t rush us which is greatly appreciated.

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Always responds quickly very professional.

Mathew has been fantastic helping me through my property settlement without me feeling stressed. Always responds quickly very professional.

Angela Webb
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Much appreciated

All I can say is….the advice was very helpful. Much appreciated to Mathew Buckley’s firm.

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Amazing quality

I just want to say thank you so much for the amazing quality that you bring.It has been a pleasure from the initial phone call with you. New Beginnings and a fresh start. Thank you for bringing new opportunities and offering support, and for helping me release and heel my pass, fill me with the…

Amazing quality

I just want to say thank you so much for the amazing quality that you bring.It has been a pleasure from the initial phone call with you.
New Beginnings and a fresh start.

Thank you for bringing new opportunities and offering support, and for helping me release and heel my pass, fill me with the trust, as I experience these changes.

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Bernadette Barrington
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Great Professionalism

Matthew Buckley represented me in court on the day showing great professionalism. He answered every tricky question I had with the best detail to help me understand better and made sure I was looked after and made the right decisions. Top bloke with an amazing work ethic and very easy to get along with! Thanks…

Great Professionalism

Matthew Buckley represented me in court on the day showing great professionalism. He answered every tricky question I had with the best detail to help me understand better and made sure I was looked after and made the right decisions.

Top bloke with an amazing work ethic and very easy to get along with!

Thanks again mate.

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