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Arbitration utilises a neutral third party to hear a dispute between parties. The hearing is informal. The parties mutually select the arbitrator. The arbitrator is retained to determine how to settle disputes. The decision is final and binding on the parties. Arbitration is more cost efficient and quicker than litigation.
Patrick O’Connor is an arbitrator and authorative negotiator. He is on the arbitration panel of a number of bodies including the Law Society of Ireland.
William O’Connor is an arbitrator with a Diploma in Arbitration from the Smurfit Business School in UCD.
For more information on arbitration contact our office.
Mediation is a private and confidential dispute resolution process in which an independent and neutral third party, the Mediator, seeks to help the parties to reach a mutually acceptable negotiated agreement. The process usually involves some level of briefing of the Mediator before the Mediation. The Mediation may be attended by a ‘decision maker’ for each party as well as their legal advisors, relevant experts and insurers (if any). The process is voluntary and either party can withdraw at any time. However, if a settlement is reached it is legally binding.
P. O’Connor & Son are experienced in commercial, family and other types of mediation.
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Conciliation is an alternative out-of-court dispute resolution mechanism. It is a voluntary proceeding, where the parties involved are free to agree and attempt to resolve their dispute by conciliation. The process is flexible, allowing parties to define the time, structure and content of the conciliation proceedings. A mediator, by contrast, will in most cases and as a matter of principle, refrain from making such a proposal. They are interest-based, as the conciliator will when proposing a settlement, not only take into account the parties’ legal positions, but also their; commercial, financial and / or personal interests.
The main difference between conciliation and mediation proceedings is that, at some point during the conciliation, the conciliator will be asked by the parties to provide them with a non-binding settlement proposal. Like in mediation proceedings, the ultimate decision to agree on the settlement remains with the parties.
P. O’Connor & Son are experienced advisors in conciliation and will represent clients throughout the process and offer advice on any conciliation proposals offered by the conciliator. For more information on Conciliation contact our office.
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Managing Partner / Arbitrator / Notary Public
Patrick has over 40 years of legal experience. He has achieved significant results for clients. He is a well recognised and authoritative arbitrator, negotiator and mediator. In 1998, he was president of the Law Society of Ireland. He is currently a board member of the Irish Sports Council and was, until 2014, the vice-chairman of the Press Council of Ireland. Patrick serves on a number of philanthropic, sporting and commercial bodies. He is the Coroner for Mayo East since 1989.
Partner, Solicitor, Arbitrator
William was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2010. He obtained a Diploma in Arbitration from the Smurfit Business School in UCD.
He completed an internship in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and has worked in the Australian legal system. He practices in the areas of Litigation, Capacity and Administration of Estates. William completed a Diploma in In House Practice in 2014 and acts for both private and commercial clients.