Listening Like a Mediator

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An interview with Oscar Trimboli recorded for the online Podcast series "Deep Listening"



Listening skills

Client Interview skills for lawyers

Period14 Jun 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleListen First, Come Up With the Solutions Later
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletOscar Trimboli
    Media typeOther
    Duration/Length/Size56 mins
    DescriptionLise Barry is an expert meditator and helps to resolve complex and frustrating disputes in society and in the workplace. You will learn how to create a listening process that is neutral and productive for all those involved in a dispute where they feel no one is listening to them.

    Lise is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching at Macquarie Law School and came to the law from a
    background working in mediation and Youth Justice Conferencing. As a nationally accredited mediator working with the NSW
    Attorney General’s Department, Lise mediates disputes ranging from neighborhood and family law disputes through to commercial and workplace disputes.

    Lise is also a member of the NSW Guardian Ad Litem panel, representing people who lack the capacity to
    instruct a solicitor or to represent themselves in NSW Courts and Tribunals. Lise currently teaches courses in Legal Ethics and
    Alternative Dispute Resolution.As a foundational co-convenor of the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing (ARNLA),Lise collaborates with colleagues around Australia contributing to research on legal issues of concern to older Australians. Lise is also a member of EMAN – ‘Elder Mediation Australasian Network’.

    Lise stresses the importance of creating a neutral, listening environment for every mediation session for conflict resolution. Lise is not the judge and does not make decisions for the two parties, but moderates the conflict. She allows for them to break down their rehearsed stories and built up anger and work something out between themselves. Lise is process focussed, not outcome focussed.

    A lawyer’s client may have already decided what resolution they want and it may mean they go to court unnecessarily. Lise explains how a lawyer needs to listen to the client, to get to know the problem first, before just coming up with a solution.
    Producer/AuthorOscar Trimboli
    PersonsLise Barry