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CPD Course:
Understanding Mediation
Practice, Negotiation
and the Role of Culture

Presented by
Mr. Danny McFadden,
Arbitrator, Lawyer, Mediator, Trainer,
CEDR Director & Managing Director,
CEDR Asia Pacific, Hong Kong

Understanding Mediation Practice, Negotiation and the Role of Culture
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Code: EVT000000004 Level: Intermediate
Date: 19 October 2013 (Saturday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45 Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
HKIAC 3.0 CPD Points
for Accredited Mediators
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Presenter's Profile:
Mr. Danny McFadden

Danny, a CEDR Director for 11 years and is dually qualified as a lawyer both in Australia and the UK.  He has been involved in negotiation, conflict resolution training, mediation and international business for over 20 years.  After completing his Masters in Commercial Law he specialized in dispute resolution and international trade.

Danny speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and mediates regularly in Hong Kong and China using both English and Mandarin.  He has worked with people of all nationalities and has a clear understanding of the dynamics of mediating and arbitrating across national boundaries.  Based in Hong Kong he mediates regularly in the commercial, employment, construction, succession and trusts, banking, insurance, and property sectors with a particular expertise in cross-cultural and multinational disputes.  He is also an expert trainer and facilitator providing training in conflict management, negotiation, change management, unconscious bias and mediation to organisations such as the IFC, UN, ADB, IHG, World Bank and MTR.

In 2009 he was appointed Director of Mediation at the United Nations in New York, mediating cases and this followed on from 2008, when he joined the United Nations Ombudsman’s New York Office in as an expert adviser on the establishment of a new Mediation Division.  His Report formed part of the terms of reference for mediation in the new internal UN Justice System.

Danny has worked as a trainer and consultant in many countries including Azerbaijan, China, Cameroon, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mongolia, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the USA.  He is a visiting Professor at Kobe University Japan teaching International Dispute Resolution.  He has provided consultancy to the legislatures of Hong Kong, China and Vietnam.

Danny is a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Steering Committee on Mediation, Vice Chair of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), International Ombudsman Association, Law Society of England and Wales, Civil Mediation Council, International Bar Association, World Jurist Association, American Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is currently serving on Mediator Panels: CAO, UN Mediation Division New York, IMI, SIMC, THAC, CEDR Solve, World Bank Group and CCPIT Mediation Centre Beijing.

Recent publications include:

  • Book: “China’s International Business Transactions and Laws”, Kluwer Law, 2017, Danny McFadden and D. Wilde KCDM (Editors) also author Chapter on “Mediation in China”
  • Book: “Mediation in Singapore”, Co-Editor and Author, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015, New Edition published, 2017.
  • Book: “Mediation in Greater China: The New Frontier for Commercial Mediation”, Author, Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer/CCH Hong Kong, 2013.

Course Outline:
Understanding the Mediation Process

  • Effective Dispute Resolution Processes
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able to provide a working definition of mediation and recognise the value of mediation as a legitimate method of case management.
      1. Awareness/exposure to the characteristics and range of dispute resolution methods.
      2. The ability to identify when each type of dispute resolution process is appropriate.
      3. Understanding the special/unique characteristics of mediation.
      4. How to select the most appropriate dispute resolution process for a case.
      5. Providing the client value and confidence in the mediation process

  • The Mediation Process - The Phases of Mediation
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will understand the aims and objectives of the mediator, and the mediation, throughout the various stages of the mediation process.
      1. Understanding the various phases of mediation and what to expect in each phase.
      2. Possessing an awareness of the mediator's role in each phase of the mediation.
      3. Overview of some of the major legal issues to consider in mediation.
      4. Knowing what to expect at each stage of the mediation.
      5. Identifying the major legal issues/concerns in mediation and how to deal with/respond to each of these issues.

  • Convincing Others to Mediate - Promoting the Process to Clients, Other Parties and the Court
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able to understand some of the potential barriers to the use of mediation and will possess the necessary tools to overcome some of these objections.
      1. Developing persuasion techniques
      2. Understanding CJR implications and court sanctions for non-compliance
      3. Understanding ADR clauses
      4. Introducing the benefits of mediation to assist parties in reaching a decision about using the process
      5. Techniques in persuading hostile parties the need/benefit of mediation

  • Preparation - People - Preparing the Team for Mediation
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able to consider the main points that they need to bear in mind when preparing for mediation.
      1. How preparation for mediation differs from that for litigation
      2. Identifying the main preparation issues for parties and lawyers in mediation
      3. Being able to select the most appropriate decision-makers

  • Preparation - Strategy - Preparing the Private Session
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able identify/recognize the change in dynamics and the responsibilities/role of parties in private session.
      1. Aims of private sessions
      2. Role of lawyer and client in private sessions
      3. BATNA, WATNA and RATNA
      4. Strategies for mediation
      5. To prepare a negotiation plan for use in private session
      6. To develop an overall strategy for mediation

  • Negotiation in Mediation
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able to understand the roles of both the client and the lawyer, during negotiations in mediation, by exploring negotiation styles and strategies, and developing competence as a skilful negotiator in mediation.
      1. Understand parties behaviour tendencies in the bargaining phase
      2. How to recognize positional negotiation
      3. Recognize the mutual goals of each party
      4. Overcoming positional negotiation
      5. Understanding party motivation
      6. Problem-solving techniques
      7. Helping parties to avoid losing face

  • Dealing with Deadlock
    1. By the end of this session the delegate will be able to recognize and identify the potential for deadlock and have the ability to implement strategies to overcome these potential barriers.
      1. Recognizing the potential for deadlock
      2. Having the understanding to introduce creative solutions/problem solving to move beyond the perceived deadlock
      3. Being able to explore how a mediation may reach deadlock
      4. Identifying the emotional barriers/stressors that need to addressed
      5. Using a wide range of creative techniques to overcome deadlock

Role of Culture in Mediation and Negotiation

  • Culture and its Importance in Mediation
    1. The delegate will learn how to recognize and allow for differences in communication styles during intercultural negotiation and mediation.  They will learn the relevance of cultural theory as it impacts on facilitating an inter-cultural mediation.  They will gain a broad understanding of some of the similarities and differences among cultures.
      1. What is culture?
      2. The effect of culture on communication
      3. Different styles of communication
      4. Self-knowledge in cultural communication and negotiation
      5. Being able to explore how different cultural preferences can affect the mediation
      6. Identifying the key cultural barriers/stressors that need to addressed
      7. Using a wide range of creative intercultural techniques to facilitate the mediation

  • Working with Intercultural Communication and Negotiation Styles
    1. The delegate will learn in this session some of the most common factors that impact on intercultural negotiation/mediation practice where parties have different communication styles and how to manage these types of interactions.  This session will focus on the more practical skills needed to work as an intercultural negotiator or mediator.
      1. Direct-indirect communication
      2. Emotional behaviour
      3. Physical - Non-physical
      4. Sequential and circular reasoning
      5. Trust and time
      6. Space
      7. Decision making
      8. Managing the negotiation or mediation
      9. Roles of mediator and participants
      10. Process
      11. Social awareness

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Relevant CPD Courses
Course: Understanding Mediation Practice,
Negotiation and the Role of Culture
Understanding Mediation Practice, Negotiation and the Role of Culture
Presenter(s): Mr. Danny McFadden
Date: 14 October 2016 (Friday) (Amended)
Time: 09:30 - 12:45 (Amended)
Venue: Kornerstone Institute, 15/F, Hip Shing Hong Centre,
55 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Language: English
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
HKMAAL 3.0 CPD Points
HKIAC 3.0 CPD Points for Accredited Mediators
HKMC 3.0 CPD Points
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