Finding Common Ground
for a Peaceful Resolution

Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury Q.Med, provides conflict resolution services in Ontario, England and Wales

“Your success in persuading others, depends on your
openness to be persuaded” - Afsana

Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury is a designated Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) in Ontario. She is a British trained lawyer with several years of civil litigation experience. Following her move to Canada, Afsana devotes 100% of her time to mediating civil and commercial litigation matters. Afsana provides a clear and collaborative mediation service by helping to create strategies and options for her clients, enabling them to determine a solution that best suits them. If your settlement talks have broken down, mediation can help you get back to the negotiating table. Afsana can help you open the conversation and help you settle your dispute on your terms.

Mediation

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution, allowing parties the opportunity to resolve their conflict before the matter proceeds to a civil trial. In addition to a cost saving measure, mediation provides peace of mind.

Afsana offers mediation in both the English and Bangla language. She brings several years of knowledge and experience to mediate primarily civil litigation and commercial matters, including, (but not limited) to personal injury, insurance defence and medical malpractice.

Pre-mediation conferences are also available as part of the service, which is a valuable step in the mediation process. Afsana encourages both parties to arrange a pre-mediation conference as it is an opportunity to discuss the case, seek further clarification and better understand each party’s position.

Afsana is methodical during her mediation sessions, making sure the issues each party have raised, are dealt with adequately. She provides mediation in accordance to the needs, whether facilitative or evaluative. Click here to read more about her approach to mediation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Afsana is conducting mediation through Zoom, which is a secure and confidential platform. If you would like more information about virtual mediation, please contact Afsana.

Afsana offers a half-day mediation at roster rates or a full day mediation at competitive rates.  If you would like to discuss your case with Afsana before booking a date, please call on 647 518 3166.

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Seminars and Workshop

Afsana has developed seminars based on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), that lawyers often come across during their everyday practice, and in mediation. As Ontario continues to grow as a multicultural Province, the need to navigate through cultural sensitivities has become, evermore important and accommodating clients has become an essential part of client service.

Her current seminar, ‘Cultural Competence in Mediation’, focuses on diversifying the mediation profession to accommodate clients and understanding the importance of  cultural competence. The seminar is accredited for 0.45 hours of EDI Professionalism Content. If you and your firm would like to book a date for this hour long, invaluable seminar, please go to the Workshop page for more details and booking instructions.

The seminar is also available on-demand.

 

 

Afsana provides negotiation workshops for lawyers and professionals who require further skills and knowledge in this area.

Her workshops are put together carefully to help lawyers and professionals develop practical and useful skills. Negotiation is a powerful tool. Over 90% of civil litigation cases settle outside court. Therefore, effective negotiation is a key element of your legal training.

This workshop is ideal for 1 – 5 year associates or professional who wish to learn more about the concept of negotiation. During the workshop, you will gain an in-depth understanding of Principled Negotiation and how to use them effectively.  You will be involved in role-play exercises with a partner and have an opportunity to ask questions, during or after the workshop.

For more information on the workshop and associated fees, please go to the ‘Fees and Booking’ page and click on ‘Workshops’ or contact Afsana at afsana@gcmediation.com.

The workshop is eligible for 3.15 substantive CPD hours.

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“Afsana’s assistance was key, critical and integral. I intend to use her services on my next mediation”

Toronto Lawyer

“Thank you Afsana for making my client feel at ease during the negotiation. Your help and ideas for settlement has been invaluable!”

Toronto Personal Injury Lawyer

“Afsana successfully mediated the matter to a settlement… Afsana was very competent in handling the mediation and the issues therein. She used her skills and knowledge to her best ability, which positively influenced the claim”

Toronto Lawyer

“The parties in this dispute attended nine settlement conferences …. without a successful resolution…. Afsana communicated with both parties in a calm and logical manner that helped both parties understand the risks associated with the trial….With her invaluable help, both parties negotiated an agreement that was right for them.”

Toronto Lawyer

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