It is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties, where a third party, the mediator, assists the participants, through skill and expertise, to negotiate a settlement. Current statistics show that over 85% of cases that decide to mediate succeed in achieving a resolution.
We strive to help find creative solutions, and work closely with other professionals with experience in counselling and finance. We do not take sides or make judgements, and we remain impartial.
Whilst ADR has existed in one form or another for a number of years, the importance of ADR/Mediation was recognised in England and Wales in the Heilbron/Hodge Report 1993. Lord Woolf saw it as playing a crucial role in shaping our civil justice system's future. He stated:
"...[in future]...parties should:
whenever it is reasonable for them to do so settle their dispute (either the whole dispute or individual issues comprised in the dispute) before resorting to the courts;
where it is not possible to resolve a dispute or an issue prior to proceedings, then they should do so at as early a stage in the proceedings as is possible.
Where there exists an appropriate alternative dispute resolution mechanism which is capable of resolving a dispute more economically and efficiently than court proceedings, then the parties should be encouraged not to commence or pursue proceedings in court until after they have made use of the mechanism."
Want to know about Mediation? This short film gives an idea of what mediation can look and feel like.
Introduction to Mediation in the European Union (5mins 17secs). A video funded by the European Union to explain the potential of mediation to judges, lawyers and litigants in EU countries: