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Professional Negligence

Professional negligence disputes are often very sensitive in nature. On the one hand, one party feels distress and anger over a perceived wrong that has been done to them. On the other hand, the party whom the claim has been made against can experience great anxiety over the claim and the possible consequences. A third factor in professional negligence claims is the insurer.
The courts encourage the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution, and especially mediation, in professional negligence cases. One of the key reasons for this trend is the reduction in expenses involved with proceedings. Further, the confidentiality of mediation proceedings means that matters can be resolved without further harming the reputation of the party whom the claim is against.

A skilled mediator will be able to balance these sensitivities and contradicting concerns; finding the best outcome for all parties involved. Michael B. Williams SC has over 20 years experience in litigation, specialising in professional negligence and especially medical negligence. In addition, Michael holds specialist mediation accreditation from the NSW Bar.

If you are looking to resolve professional negligence matters through mediation, contact Michael Williams today on 02 9231 0077.

Mediation Articles


"A Mediator should never provide an opinion or advice concerning the merits of a case" verses "a Mediator should always offer an evaluative opinion on the dispute"


It is crucial to the success of any mediation that compliance be enforced with the requirement of attendance of the parties in person and an officer from corporate parties with full authority to settle.

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