It’s a bit of a cliche, but mediators like to think mediation is about negotiating settlements that give both sides what they want, rather than one side winning and the other losing. More often than not, settlement at mediation involves compromise, but sometimes it really turns out that both sides have achieved what they had hoped for from the outcome.
The two comments below come from either side of a difficult dispute over water rights, settled recently:
“Please… accept our thanks for your sterling efforts to achieve what in the event turned out to be an extremely satisfactory result for us.” – Party A
“I wish to record my appreciation for the way you conducted proceedings and helped achieve a resolution to the matter. Prior to the meeting I was very doubtful about the merits of attending mediation but it has proved to be very successful.” – Party B
It’s very gratifying to know that from time to time a mediation has made a real difference to the lives of the participants