Working together to find a solution
There is no reason why a dispute should automatically end in court, irrespective of whether it’s with an employee or an employer, with a tenant or a landlord, a neighbour or a customer or supplier. There are plenty of situations in which mediation is an excellent means of resolving a dispute.
A mediator is an independent intermediary who seeks to bridge the gap between the parties involved in a dispute by working together with them. Unlike a lawyer, a mediator is impartial and does not adopt a standpoint of his or her own. And unlike a judge, a mediator does not take a decision.
The right choice?
Using mediation implies a willingness to play an active role in finding a solution. In other words, you must be prepared to find a solution together with the other party. Opting for mediation means that you can also take account of non-legal aspects, which you can’t do if you go to court.
Mediation is an ideal remedy if you wish to have some say over how your dispute is resolved, if you wish to reach an amicable settlement or if you are willing to consult and negotiate with the other party. Where a dispute is resolved by mediation, there is more likelihood of the two parties remaining on speaking terms afterwards.
Cheaper and quicker
A full mediation process usually takes just a few meetings, which generally makes it cheaper than court proceedings. Mediation even gives you an opportunity to find a single, all-embracing solution for a series of disputes all of which are already the subject of court proceedings, thus saving lots of time and money.
Sound like a good idea?
Disputes can arise anywhere, any time. Our aim is to solve them for you and, where possible, to prevent them from occurring in the first place. So if you are interested in finding out whether a dispute can be resolved by mediation, or if you have any other queries, please get in touch with us.