Geoff Sharp


The working premise for this article is that over the last three to five years we have seen a move away from mediators doing their work in joint session with all the mediation parties together at the table towards the process becoming dominated by private or caucus sessions where the mediator meets separately with individual parties only.

This article, which is written in the context of mediating the litigated case, will deal with this increasing trend among mediators to do away with a joint session and adopt a shuttle mediation model.

This is an especially topical debate among mediators with some advocating that a purely caucus model saves time and is what the market now requires. This contrasts with other mediators resisting the demise of the joint session, saying it is at the heart of what we do.