Professional background and experience
Michelle Posemann holds a BA (Law) from the University of Stellenbosch, an LLB and PG Diploma in Maritime Law from UKZN. She has trained as an Arbitrator through both AMSSA and AFSA and as a Mediator through ADR group UK (international accreditation in civil and commercial mediation) and is passionate about dispute resolution.
Michelle is an Advocate specilaising in labour and employment law and has lectured at the Durban School for Legal Practice in High Court Practice, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, Mediation Skills and Labour Dispute Resolution. She has held the positions of Chairman of the Board of Governors of a private school, Acting Judge in the Labour Court, Chief Operations Officer for Africa Dispute Resolution, Regional Manager for Equillore Dispute Settlement, Regional Manager for ProBono.Org and was a founding member of the Mediation Institute of Southern Africa. She is currently a contributing editor for the Industrial Law Journal, ad hoc Company Secretary for a Norwegian shipping company, Chairperson of the Cornubia Business Association, registered SAMLA medical mediator, panellist with Aequitate Dispute Resolution Services and Conflict Dynamics and has extensive experience in the mediation and arbitration of labour and civl and commercial disputes.
|Mediation experience and style|
Michelle has more than 15 years’ experience as a mediator and facilitator, in both the Employment and Civil & Commercial sectors and has mediated family, commercial, school and corporate governance, medical negligence, personal injury, professional negligence, grievance and workplace conflict disputes.
She was involved in the Pro Bono mediation project at the Durban Labour Court and has been extensively involved in the RAF and Gauteng Health Department pilot projects to contribute to the development of medical mediation in South Africa. She has more recently been involved in the creation of a Stakeholders Engagement Forum with the Ethekweni Municipality, business and community in the Cornubia Industrial precinct in KZN.
Her preferred mediation style is facilitative or transformative.
|Comments from mediation clients|
“I just want to congratulate you on an amazingly run and well controlled mediation, especially given the circumstances thereof.”
“Michelle created an atmosphere of profound respect which, in my view, is the ground of being of any good mediation. It is to be acknowledged that yesterday’s matter comprised some deeply complex aspects for mediation and the way in which you navigated this territory in a deeply grounded and respectful way was a great inspiration.”
“Thank you very much for your gentle touch over the last two days. The interaction has been very beneficial for the team and X.”
Michelle believes in the transformative power of constructive engagement in conflict and the importance of bringing matters to a sensible conclusion at the earliest opportunity by focusing on the balancing of interests rather than the assertion of rights.
You can contact Michelle for mediation, training, mediation advocacy, and/or bespoke dispute systems design to effectively manage your dispute risk.