How does mediation work?

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Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process. It only takes place when both parties agree to mediate and sign up to complete confidentiality.

Mediation resolves disputes without going to court. It introduces a neutral third party who spends time with both parties and tries to help them facilitate a settlement.

What are the benefits ?

  1. Mediation is a less stressful, less expensive and faster alternative to court proceedings.
  2. Mediators are not judges, nor do they provide any verdict on the case. But they do provide a space for communication and the opportunity for the parties to meet and discuss things in a respectful environment.
  3. We help to build consensus between both sides, working to arrive at an outcome that both parties are happy to accept and move forward with.
  4. All cases are different with different contexts and issues to consider. No case is ever the same as another, and that is where the flexibility and adaptability of mediation is so beneficial to parties.
  5. The courts look favourably upon parties who have tried to resolve the dispute through mediation, even if an agreement wasn’t reached.

We have found that a high number of our cases settle at or following mediation. That is a very positive outcome. If necessary, the resulting mediation agreement can be turned into a binding order by a judge. If a case does not settle and parties choose to proceed to court, details from the mediation cannot be disclosed or used at any hearing.

You can find out whether your case is suitable for mediation by getting in contact with us. A member of our panel will be able to evaluate your particular situation so that you can decide whether mediation is the right option for you.

If you are unsure whether your case is suitable for mediation, or if you require guidance about the mediation process, please call our office team on 0207 223 7744 or email.