Lawyer Monthly - August 2022

EXPERT INSIGHT 50 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | AUG 2022 various platforms available. We have to be clear-headed. We can record sessions if necessary. There is no doubt, however, that online mediation is tiring. Being fully engaged for any length of time is tiring! Do you have any final comments that you would like to make on the necessity of mediation? Relationships matter! The value of relationship building and relationship maintenance cannot be overemphasised. The win/lose aspect of litigation, or even arbitration, directly and adversely affects relationships. Relationships matter, and the way we communicate affects relationships; we affect them, for better or worse, when we communicate with our families, our friends, our work colleagues, those acquaintances we meet in the store, and those with whom we engage while we travel. Our communication is affected by our attitude, family and economic tensions, exploitations or biases we see or feel, and our general mental state. Our relationships are affected by insensitive remarks we make or our careless and unchecked body language. We have more relationships than we realise; we have relationships with the clerk or cashier in the store, the teller in the bank, the security or janitor/janitress in our office building, our children’s friends and their families, and the list goes on. The key is that we must always be conscious that relationships matter! Relationships matter everywhere – because people are all the same. We all have the same needs; we all respond to the same stimulus. About Caryl A E Lashley Caryl A E Lashley is a barrister of more than 40 years’ standing with professional memberships including FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers), the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), Mediators Beyond Borders International, Mediator Academy, the International Bar Association, the Bahamas Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), of which she has been a Fellow since 2012. She is an approved faculty member of CIArb and a firm believer that relationships matter, always striving for peaceful and amicable resolutions to conflict. About ADR Bahamas ADR Bahamas was founded by Caryl Lashley in 2016 to provide education and stimulation for non-violent communication and conduct, and to provide accredited professional neutrals to facilitate conflict resolution. Caryl Lashley ADR Bahamas | Dupuch & Turnquest 308 East Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas Tel: +1 242-357-3574 E:

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