What is Mediation?
Mediation is an effective method of resolving disputes between two or more parties. The mediator, a neutral independent qualified professional, assists all the sides in negotiating a mutually agreeable settlement.
The Mediation process (which usually takes place over one day), involves talking through the issues with each party and discussing possible solutions; each party can raise any concerns. By the end of the process the Mediator will help them reach a legally binding arrangement.
Participation in mediation is voluntary and the process is private and confidential. The decision to settle and the terms of an agreement rest solely with the parties themselves, not the mediator. Most mediations are allocated a day and frequently settle on the day or shortly thereafter making it an attractive alternative to drawn out litigation, whilst reducing your legal costs and the stress associated with taking a dispute to trial.