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Carpe diem!


This snappy aphorism reminds us to seize the day – throw the curtains wide on a dark winter morning (or a sunny summer one), embark on a difficult conversation, rise to a new challenge or set out on a new adventure. It also provides a handy mnemonic for participants in civil and commercial mediations. To get the best out of the process, it pay to be:

Constructive – no unnecessary point-scoring

Attentive – fully engaged with minimal outside distractions

Receptive – actively listening, open-minded

Persuasive – calmly getting points across, simply and concisely

Energetic – maintaining momentum, always moving forward


Discerning – recognising strengths and weaknesses, focussing on key issues

Imaginative – prepared to think laterally and find creative solutions

Efficient – making good use of time, prepared to make the first move

Match-winning – remembering that a negotiated settlement really can be a win-win!



Further information


Previous articles on mediating civil and commercial disputes can be found here.


Further information on my background and experience can be found here.


If you would like to discuss how I may assist by mediating a civil or commercial dispute, please email or call.


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This article is for general guidance only, it must not be relied on as legal or other professional advice. Anyone engaged in a civil dispute should obtain their own legal and other advice specific to their circumstances and the applicable law at the relevant time.


© Duncan Crine Mediation Limited 15.11.2022



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