This article addresses a range of issues of concern for mediation practitioners and discusses some of the opportunities for change which arise in practice. It argues that both are axiomatic to the mediation model (based on the usual five stage format widely employed in the UK and usefully defined by Butlin and Elliott). It does not attempt a comprehensive overview of all the potential topics thereby arising, making only limited points for the purpose of discussion. Neither is its objective to compare and contrast mediation and counselling activities, although reference will be made to some of the boundaries that distinguish them.