Resolving disputes cost-effectively & quickly
Mediation works by appointing an independent mediator who listens in confidence to the parties in the dispute to get their side of the story. At the same time, the mediator explores what each party seeks by way of a remedy. The solution to many disputes does not simply rest with a cash payment. Mediation allows you to explore all the options available for bringing the dispute to an end.
Most people find a solution to a dispute brought about by mediation to be more satisfactory than one imposed by the court. This occurs for a number of reasons. First, all a court can do is simply impose a solution which involves the payment of money. Secondly, in most court cases there are winners and losers. Mediation provides the opportunity to have “win-win” solutions.
You owe it to your clients to explore alternatives to litigation, especially where both they and you might become subject to adverse comment in due course if an invitation to mediation is not made or refused.
The latest mediation survey by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution demonstrated that commercial mediation is successful in 89% of cases. The other reason is costs. The courts have made it plain that a ”winning” party in litigation can be deprived of some or all of its cost if it refuses to mediate (Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust; Steel v Joy and another  EWCA Civ 57) or even frustrates the mediation process (Thakkar v Patel  EWCA Civ 117).
Primary Practice Areas
Civil & Commercial
Rights of way, Debt matters, breach of contract, neighbour disputes, negligence matters.
Workplace disputes that are not resolved can lead to lost productivity, absence etc.
Legal Cost Mediation
Can lead to a party getting legal costs sooner than through the Detailed Assessment proceedings from a court .