I am committed to mediation as a dispute resolution option particularly where an ongoing relationship is essential.
I specialise in negotiations between separated parents; staff, parents and families in schools; the elderly and their service providers or families; families in conflict following the death of a loved one; colleagues and employers in the workplace; and business/franchise disagreements.
Mediation offers parties to a dispute the opportunity to work with me, the neutral mediator, to resolve the issues in an open and respectful manner. Whether legally represented or not, parties engaged mediation have an opportunity to articulate the issues of importance to them and reach a resolution acceptable to, and legally sustainable for, all concerned. Often, because of the confidential and positive nature of the discussions, the outcomes of a mediation provide for more practical and lasting solutions than a court process.
I am a Nationally Accredited Mediator and in 2017 and 2018 I was recognised by my colleagues as one of Queensland’s Best mediators (Doyle’s Guide).
Mediations frequently involve discussions and consideration of highly technical legal concepts, and I am acutely aware of the challenge for parties to understand and reach agreement in a situation of high stress and uncertainty. My legal expertise means that I am able to address the most technical of issues and my carefully considered approach to the mediation ensures that the parties’ comfort, understanding and decision making capacity is maximised. My ability to help parties and practitioners feel at ease is a key reason why I am so regularly sought out to conduct mediations throughout the country.
Whether you are legally represented or not, there is a Rice Mediations package to suit your needs. I offer mediations for:
A Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
I am able to conduct the form of mediation which separated parents must attempt before court proceedings can be commenced. Whether you are legally represented or not, I am able to issue an invitation to participate in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and to issue a section 60I certificate if no agreement can be reached.View Family Dispute Resolution Factsheet
Child Inclusive Mediation
I also conduct Child Inclusive Mediations which are hosted in conjunction with a child specialist/psychologist. This process (which can be undertaken with, or without lawyers) involves focussing on the particular developmental needs of the children concerned and provides a truly unique opportunity for parents to assist children of all ages to navigate the separation with as little distress and upheaval as possible. Children do NOT attend the mediation but meet separately with the child specialist to explore, in a safe and age-appropriate manner, the particular concerns and needs they have following the breakdown of their parents’ relationship. The child specialist and I then work with the parents to discuss the issues learned in the child conference and work towards an agreement for how to best address them.
Research has shown that the benefits for children and families engaging in this form of mediation is profound. I have presented papers on this important form of mediation in both Australia and the USA. Click here to read more.
I conduct mediations throughout Australia (including by Skype and telephone where necessary). I am able to travel to locations of your choosing.