Mediation Services

What is mediation?
Mediation is a process that can help willing parties reach an agreement with the assistance of a neutral third party, a mediator. Mediation can be an excellent process to resolve many types of disputes* and is often a far quicker and cheaper alternative than going to Court.

Our qualifications – At Hawkins Legal & Mediation Services (HLMS) our mediator, Sam, is nationally accredited (NMAS) and also a lawyer. Sam has worked in a broad range of legal areas dealing with many types of disputes.

Our fees – $1,500.00

What is included:

  • Pre-mediation conference – a pre-mediation conference is held individually with the disputing parties (a conference can be held with employers also if the mediation concerns a workplace dispute).  (Up to 1.5 hours in total)
  • Mediation – a mediation session is conducted by video conferencing or in person with the parties in dispute. (Up to 3 hours)
  • Written agreement – parties are provided with a written agreement, where relevant. For workplace disputes, a short report can be provided.
  • Post mediation follow up – a debrief is held individually with each party (and employers if relevant). (Up to 1 hour)

Commonly only one mediation session is required for issues and solutions to be explored. For complex matters or where additional work is required, our fees are $250.00 per hour. Fees are usually split evenly between parties or in some circumstances are paid by a third party, for example an employer.

Please note, we can discuss venue hire and travel fees if video conferencing is not utilised.

Flexibility – We offer after hours conferences and mediations at no extra cost.

*HLMS does not conduct family law mediations.