Mediation is an alternative way of resolving disputes without lengthy and expensive legal proceedings this method works because it helps the parties to resolve even the most difficult disputes in a practical way. It deals with their real interests and needs without the risks and costs of further court proceedings, and enables the parties to achieve their own solution without an imposed decision.
The outcome of mediation is always within the control of the parties and with the help of the mediator they decide for themselves upon a settlement they can live with.
Mediation is a guided negotiation, helping the parties to communicate with each other, exploring the issues which are of real importance to them, which often differ from their ‘rights’. The parties are encouraged to find ways to address their present and future needs, rather than dwelling upon who may have been right or wrong in the past.
Parties in mediation avoid the uncertainty and dissatisfaction often experienced in court or at arbitration where they have little choice but to accept the judgment made, which none of them may be happy with.
Benefits of using mediation instead of traditional court processes: -
- Everything said at the mediation is entirely confidential to the parties (unless specifically agreed otherwise) unlike the potential publicity of court proceedings.
- The mediation process is ‘without prejudice’, so that on the rare occasion that a settlement is not reached litigation may continue without the parties needing to worry about having ‘given away’ anything that the other could use in court.
- Mediation works in some 90% of commercial disputes. A settlement is usually reached on the day, or within a few days of the mediation meeting
- The mediation is arranged at a venue convenient to the parties, who each have their own room as well as a separate room for joint meetings. The Mediator listens to everyone’s point of view, talks to the parties privately and together, guiding them towards a settlement.
- The mediation can take place at any time and it is not limited to ordinary working days or hours. If it suits the parties to negotiate over a weekend, then that’s when it happens.
We engage the best mediators from different disciplines, so we can find the right person in the right place to help resolve your dispute.
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