Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes...
Mediation is now widely recognised in the UK and Europe as the most popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as it offers solutions beyond those that a court could ordinarily impose. A sound understanding of the process enables us to work to the highest standards and offers clients the confidence to approach the dispute with a positive frame of mind.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding, “without prejudice” method of resolving disputes. The mediator is specially trained to assist parties in settling disputes, being an impartial neutral catalyst who helps the parties to arrive at a mutually agreed solution. The mediator has no power to impose a settlement on either party.
Why use Mediation Services?
Litigation undoubtedly increases levels of stress, often results in a loss of management time, a decline of productivity, and low morale, and can also be costly. As a party you also retain little control over the process and are limited with the types of settlement that a court can award. Through mediation services however, as the mediator is non judgmental and the mediation process totally confidential, the parties can control the process and reach a resolution on terms that they are happy with. If you can’t agree terms then you can continue with litigation. However with 80% of cases resolved, it is an unlikely scenario. Any disputes can be right for mediation. The real key is the desire of the parties to achieve a resolution.
Find out more about mediation or resolving disputes by contacting Annette Wood.