An inshore fisherman had been left a second fishing boat in his father’s will. That second boat had been repaired and was in storage, but unfortunately the dockyard had allegedly twisted the hull when winching the boat onto the dockside.
The fisherman wasn’t bothered about getting the boat back – he had a boat already – but the storage charges were escalating and the repair bill remained unpaid. As we assembled for the mediation, the inexperienced solicitor acting for the fisherman asked for some time to settle the matter, as though Chris was a judge waiting to hear the case!
After some hours, the solicitors came in with an agreed settlement. It is surprising what a mediator can achieve, just by being there…