Before a dispute ends in court action many parties feel they would welcome the opportunity to have a final attempt at reaching a negotiated settlement. A formal mediation session, managed by a trained mediator, is a way to do this.
A mediation is a voluntary session, conducted in private, between the parties and the mediator in an effort to arrive at a solution which both sides can accept as binding. It can be held at the offices of either party or at a mutually convenient venue, on a date decided by the parties. It is normal to set a deadline of four, six or eight hours for the mediation.
The bulk of the mediation will take place with the parties located in separate offices and the mediator acting as a go between and assisting the parties in working towards a solution acceptable to both sides.
I am an accredited mediator with both the ADR Group and The Academy of Experts, and have undertaken many successful mediations ranging from disputes over the distribution of the proceeds on the sale of a former matrimonial home, to complaints over professional negligence, to claims over the value of work undertaken by a business subcontractor.
I am also able to act as adviser to one party in a mediation, and will attend with them if required.
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