We work with you to understand your objectives and to achieve the best possible result.
Disputes can be disruptive, time consuming and any related court action can be expensive. Ensuring a dispute is well managed and obtaining a result consistent with your objectives can be vital to the future of your business, your finances and your personal wellbeing and relationships.
Oldfield Legal is experienced in resolving commercial, business and personal disputes.
Nova Oldfield, Principal of Oldfield Legal, obtained accreditation as a mediator with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia in 2005 and was one of the founders of the Fremantle Mediation Group Inc. She is currently a member of Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR), an Australasian, not-for-profit organisation that promotes alternative dispute resolution. The Resolution Institute (LEADR) has members in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Our approach is to first use Mediation, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution processes, before applying Court action as a last resort.
Reasons to Mediate
Far less expensive than court action.
Leads to quicker resolution.
Keep control of the end result. rather than leaving it to a judge to impose a result.
Keeps control in another way – the parties talk face to face rather than through lawyers.
Courts can only make certain kinds of orders, but in a mediation the parties can be much more creative.
It can operate to preserve relationships – whether those are family or business relationships.
It is managing risk – in court action you win or you lose. And when you lose you can lose big. By reaching an agreement, you avoid that risk.
Only certain “relevant” parties have a chance to have a say in court proceedings. In a mediation process, the parties can include anyone they would like to be included in the discussions/resolution.