Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2021

About Martyn Haines Class 1 Master Mariner, BSc (Open) Management Systems, MSoM, MNI Director of MH Marine Ltd since November 2019. Synonymous with dispute and resolution is Martyn Haines, who has been actively engaged in conflict reconciliation for over 48 years: senior merchant navy deck officer resolving on board crew disagreements; operational management of 35 world-wide trading ships; negotiation and settlement of multi-million-dollar insurance claim settlements; and latterly facilitating mediation between different participants seeking mutually acceptable agreements. MH Marine Ltd was incorporated in 2017 and commenced operations in 2019 for consultancy and mediation projects. Martyn is a Civil Mediation Council accredited mediator specialising in civil, commercial and community dispute resolutions. He is a member of the Society of Mediators and the Tower Hamlets Mediation Project. One of his main areas of expertise is communication and the ability to empathise with people; to encourage forward focussed conversations and avoiding backward-looking recriminations and analysis. Mediators are facilitators however they are often called upon in civil and commercial disputes to be also evaluative mediators, who consider the merits of the dispute and feasibility of any settlement proposals. MH Marine mediation practice, operating under the named ‘Mediate-Disputes’, also offers an early intervention mediation service where the mediator must be more proactive in 72 line with evaluative rather than facilitative process, an approach welcomed by some parties. Civil mediation involves the resolution of disputes where legal proceedings have begun or may be commenced. There is a close correlation between civil and commercial mediation but often the monetary claim in a civil dispute will not justify the cost of legal proceedings. In addition, mediation provides the opportunity for private agreements and settlements beyond the scope of the court. Civil mediation, as with commercial mediation, is voluntary but the parties in a dispute are expected by the court to have considered mediation as a refusal or disregard a reasonable request could face additional court costs if the matter proceeds to trial. MH Marine Ltd offer person-2-person and an on-line mediation service which have become necessary, and popular, during the pandemic and likely to become the norm in the future. Flexibility of virtual meetings has enabled shorter attendance time and fixed hourly fees to be agreed and apportioned equally between the parties. Martyn Haines Frinton-On-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom M: +44 747586681 | E: E: Contact Martyn Haines MH Marine Ltd. Civil Mediation Lawyer of the Year LAWYER MONTHLY LEGAL AWARDS 2021 UNITED KINGDOM

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