Mediation is a less stressful way of resolving a dispute than going through a court process where you have little control over the outcome. Going to court to sort out a problem can also be expensive, unpredictable and damaging to relationships. There will always be a winner or loser.
Mediation is a voluntary and private process during which a neutral person, the mediator, helps achieve an acceptable negotiated settlement of a dispute. As an experienced mediator I help parties settle their differences through a non-adversarial, informal and confidential process which generally involves the parties entering a binding agreement to reflect the terms they have agreed.
How Can I Help?
You can approach me direct for help or if you have a legal adviser, through them. Simply tell me what has happened and I will give you a professional and independent view as to whether you and the other side should look at mediation as a way of resolving your problems.
There are various ways I can approach your case:
- By a mediation involving you and the other side.
- By shuttle mediation where you and the other side stay apart from each other.
- By me chairing a meeting involving you and the other side possibly attended by legal advisers as well.
Disputes have a habit of getting bigger as time goes on, becoming more costly both personally and financially.
The costs of litigation can be a real concern. Judges therefore encourage parties to consider mediation as a sensible alternative to a fought trial where the costs incurred are often more than the amount claimed. Additionally, if you ask the other side to mediate and they refuse, the court can penalise them by awarding less costs to them even if they win.