Always the first step

Negotiation is always the first step to take in trying to resolve a disagreement. It's the cheapest option, maintains working relationships and is usually the quickest method too.

But it does not always work. Have you been attempting to negotiate a solution and are getting nowhere?

One option may be to introduce a new party into the negotiations, someone who is not too close or attached to a certain point of view and who has not been subject to the emotions that often surround disputed issues. A new face with a fresh approach, often from your own company, may be just what is needed to get negotiations moving again.

Another option maybe to use an independent third party to chair and facilitate negotiations, intervening to allow voices to be heard and points of view to be properly expressed.

Not everyone excels in the often confrontational atmosphere of dispute negotiations. If legal representation is present many may find a meeting quite daunting and possibly do not fully understand all of the arguments that arise during discussions. We are familiar with negotiating on behalf of clients in dispute situations or acting as a mediator between parties. Allowing someone who is used to working in these situations to either negotiate on your behalf or act as a referee may unlock the negotiation process.

In line with out philosophy, we always recommend that all avenues of negotiation are exhausted before embarking on a more formal process.

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