Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which is non-binding. The purpose of mediation is to assist disputing parties to come to a mutual decision and avoid the cost, stress and considerable inconvenience of litigation.
A mediator will guide the discussion and promote a mutual understanding between the parties but will not express a view about the legal merits of the matter. Nor will they offer advice to either party. The dispute is settled when a negotiated outcome is achieved which satisfies both parties.
Mediation takes place in a private setting and there are many purpose built facilities available which are set up to offer a private room for each party together with a common area for negotiations.
What types of dispute can be mediated?
Mediation is a suitable process for resolving conflict situations including neighbourhood disputes, family, commercial and workplace disputes where the focus is on putting agreements in place about future behaviours and conditions rather than pronouncing a judgement on actions in the past.
Parties select an independent mediator through mutual agreement and usually meet on neutral ground at a venue specially designed for mediation.
How do I find a Mediator?
The cost of mediation will be influenced by a number of factors including the nature of the dispute, pricing of the venue and charging of the mediator, and, if they have also been engaged, solicitors.
Unlike litigation, mediations are normally conducted in one day which considerably reduces the financial burden of this form of dispute resolution. Parties can further reduce the cost by ensuring they are properly prepared for mediation.