Kate Grafenauer, principal mediator at Adaptive Mediation, has worked as a lawyer in the dispute resolution space for over 20 years.
After such a lengthy period of time spent litigating in various jurisdictions, she has seen the impact court proceedings can have on individuals and entities – stress, cost, delay, and future strain on business and personal relationships. It became apparent that there are rarely any real winners, which caused her to question why she remained working in the legal sphere. After much soul searching, she recalled the reason she studied law – to help people, unable to solve problems without some assistance, to find solutions that actually work for them.
It was a natural next step for her to become a mediator, and Kate now enjoys assisting and empowering parties in dispute find creative solutions that have far greater potential to preserve their ongoing relationships and financial and personal wellbeing.
Kate holds national accreditation as a mediator with the Resolution Institute and Australian Mediation Association and is registered with the Mediator Standards Board.
The office is located 20 from the nearest bus station.
This service operates in the following area(s):
How to refer to this service: We take referrals from other legal practitioners, mediators, business colleagues, friends, family, community groups, general public. Anyone in conflict can contact us to see whether we can assist them.
Eligibility criteria: Eligibility for our services is determined by a phone assessment of the conflict. All interested parties must be prepared to voluntarily participate in mediation.
Is there a cost associated with this service? There is a cost for our services which ranges from $2k and upwards, depending on the nature of the dispute and how long the mediation takes. Generally, most matters cost around $3000 (split equally between parties to ensure financial investment island proper participation in the process). The cost is one lump sum and includes all phone and email communications, room hire, the mediation and up to and including preparation of heads of agreement.
Is there a waiting list? No waiting list. Assessments can happen anytime. Mediations are scheduled to suit parties and our availability, as well as venue availability.
Days/Hours: We operate in business hours Monday to Friday and otherwise by prior arrangement.
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