Hill & Associates
6 chemin du Port-Noir, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 22 840 1021, Fax: +41 22 840 1025
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.hill-a.ch
Mediation and arbitration
Organizations and their employees are increasingly coming to the understanding that collaborative approaches - internally and externally - best meet their needs. Collaborative approaches to business typically lack the clean functional lines that we've been used to in the past. Activity tends to be chaotic and accelerated, frequently giving rise to changes in specifications or expectations, misunderstandings, and conflict. In this light, conflict can be seen as a key controller of the collaborative organization.
Conflict, when well managed, is a dynamic catalyst for positive change. When mismanaged, it produces hostility, stress, and other costs to the organization. Those costs include not just direct financial costs, but also lost opportunities, damaged or destroyed relationships, low satisfaction, and high probability that the conflict will recur
In any conflict situation, there will always be a path that will lead to a successful conclusion. Effective conflict management leads parties to identify and take that path, one step at a time.
This approach has proven effective for business-to-business interactions, for labor relations, and for divorce situations.
Hill & Associates focuses on helping to manage conflicts constructively, through the use of appropriate conflict management processes. Experience has shown that this approach will significantly reduce the costs of conflict management. At the same time, processes which emphasize negotiation, consensus building, and collaboration tend to increase the effectiveness of all involved.
Services provided by Hill & Associates through its partners and a network of associates include:
Mediation - for commercial disputes, for labor disputes, and in the context of divorce.
Domain Name Disputes - conflicts between trademark owners and holders of Internet domain names.
Expert Advice - providing experienced individuals to assist in drafting contracts so as to minimize the risk of disputes arising and so as to ensure that termination and dispute resolution clauses are appropriately thought out.
Expert Opinions - in non-binding procedures such as mediation or binding procedures such as litigation or arbitration, in information technology and telecommunications, including related intellectual property, electronic commerce, and economic issues.
Third Party Neutral Services - providing trained and experienced multi-lingual individuals to act as neutrals in a variety of processes including mediation, neutral evaluation, advisory opinion, mini-trial, adjudication, and arbitration.
Training Services - developing and providing courses, seminars, and workshops on a variety of conflict management topics.
Conflict System Design - providing conflict management consulting services, including design, to business, government, non-profit organizations, and individuals.
Partnering - developing and facilitating partnering workshops at which stakeholders, coming together for a particular joint venture or project, commit to a team approach and develop a preventive plan for dispute avoidance.
Associates have extensive experience in contract negotiation and mediation. Richard Hill, principal, is a certified commercial and divorce mediator, accredited to the Geneva courts. He has acted as the labor dispute mediator for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He is a domain name arbitrator for both the National Arbitration Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
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