1/  We have our own consulting rooms, purpose-built for mediation. This means we don’t charge extra to hire rooms that don’t always accommodate mediation needs.  We also have the additional convenience of a coffee shop downstairs.

2/  Between us, George Filipowicz and myself, we have over 30 years of experience working as Mediators; We have also undertaken extensive extra training in areas such as ‘Dealing with Difficult Personalities’ and ‘Child Focused’ practice principles to better assist our clients.

3/ Bayside Mediation offers ‘Child Inclusive Mediation’, we are one of only a handful of private practitioners that can offer this service.  Child Inclusive Mediation is considered to be the ‘Best Practice’ when working with parents whose children are old enough to have a voice in their parents’ separation.

4/ Bayside Mediation offers after hours appointments to assist busy working couples to resolve their disputes quickly.

5/ We guarantee to see a client within 7-14 days of their initial inquiry.

6/  We offer joint mediation sessions of up to 4 hours in duration. Many of our clients are time poor and want their disputed resolved quickly and efficiently. We find offering extended mediation sessions where appropriate, enables that outcome.

7/ We offer continuity of service; Our mediators work exclusively with clients from their personal intake interviews to the resolution of their issues through the joint mediation sessions.

8/ Bayside Mediation specialise in all Family Law Disputes, Financial, Property, Children, Access, Wills, and Estates. We also offer Lawyer Assisted Mediation to firms across Melbourne.

9/ We will assess and where appropriate, we will work with clients with IVO’s in place.

10/ We pride ourselves in offering clients a safe and impartial space in which to have the conversations they need to have. But if clients need separate rooms to feel safe, we can provide  shuttle mediation. We also accommodate interstate and overseas clients with mediation services via telephone, Skype or Facetime.

Traditional #mediation involves just the clients and their #mediator and for the most part it works extremely well. However, from time to time, especially with Financial Mediations they can get bogged down on legal issues that your #mediator cannot resolve. This leads to a adjournment in the #mediation whilst clients go off to get legal advice; this causes delays and frustration for all.

Solicitor Assisted Mediation (#S.A.M.) offers an alternative to traditional mediation and litigation.

With #Solicitor Assisted Mediation clients attend #mediation with their respective solicitors, they are still mediating, but if there are legal questions to be addressed, their solicitors are right there ready to support them. The clients negotiate their own settlement and decide how they want to divide their property and other assets. At any time they can call for an adjournment and go to a breakout room to discuss their concerns privately with their solicitor. Once an agreement is reach your solicitor can write up a Heads Of Agreement or I have had some solicitors draft a Legally Binding Financial Agreement on the day, which clients can sign if they both agree.

Reasons To Use #S.A.M.

  1. A more open and transparent process leading to less animosity and distrust between clients.
  2. Extremely cost effective, #S.A.M. costs many thousands of dollars less than litigation.
  3. We can start the process with mediation and work through much of the emotion and difficulties before coming together for #S.A.M.
  4. #Mediation can prove a cost-effective way of collecting all the relevant data needed to finales property settlements.
  5. A much quicker process than taking a matter through the courts, a #financial mediation could be finalised within weeks not months or years as with litigation.
  6. For uncomplicated matters a Financial Agreement can be completed and signed on the day
  7. If clients don’t get a resolution through #S.A.M. they can still take the matter to court and clients can continue their relationships with their existing solicitors. Unlike Collaborative Law, where if it fails clients must find new solicitors.