Financial or contractual dispute?
Civil & Commercial Mediation is now recognised as a serious and cost-effective means of resolving a wide range of disputes, including those where:
- An amount of money is in dispute, or there is a dispute over the supply of goods and/or services
- One party feels that they have suffered damages or personal injury due to another's actions
- One person, group, or organisation feels that they are owed some form of recompense by another
- Someone leaving their employment is about to take an action against their employer, and/or a compromise agreement is being sought
- The normal functioning of a business is being held up by an unresolved disagreement
Although still voluntary in the UK, Civil & Commercial mediation is actively encouraged by the courts, and an unreasonable refusal to participate in mediation can result in costs sanctions against a reluctant party.
Mediation is fast, confidential, without prejudice, inexpensive, and is able to generate outcomes that would not usually be achievable by going to court. It can be used at any stage of a dispute, and if proceedings have already been issued, judges are increasingly wiling to allow a stay in order for mediation to take place. There is little to lose by giving mediation a try.
Even if no action is likely to be taken, for example in the case of many business disputes, mediation has been shown to be highly effective as a means of resolving the sort of conflict that could otherwise paralyse an organisation’s operations.
If you have been directed to consider mediation, or if you just want to resolve a dispute without the time, money and distraction that court involves, we would be very pleased to help. Please contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation, and confidential discussion about your case.
To find out more, please download our Commercial Mediation Services Leaflet, or you could also attend one of our free seminars.
Or if you want to train to become a mediator yourself, you could attend one of our free events on Becoming a Mediator.