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Dispute resolutions skills are far more important than having the knowledge to judge the matter

There seems to be a huge misunderstanding about the importance of a mediator in not judging the matter and instead relying on what the parties and their lawyers bring to mediation.  The lawyers who come with the parties often have a wealth of knowledge which is invaluable to keep advising their clients and advising the mediator with regard to risks, possibilities, likelihoods and the choices their party (and the other party) have in taking the steps that lead to settlement. What matters is allowing the best solution to arise in the process of mediation, not having a mediator who pushes and pulls it to where the mediator thinks it should go.

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