What is Mediation?

If you have had occasion to attempt resolving an argument, you understand that at times intercession as a dispute resolution is better than litigation.

It is, of course less expensive, quicker and simpler. Using a mediator improves your communication skills and one learns a better way to negotiate a satisfying end for both parties in a controversy.

Mediation Services - an Introduction

It is a way to resolve strife with a competent, impartial person trained in concluding arguments. The mediator is informed of current legislation and trained to assist individuals and companies in finding solutions. It avoids legal expenses, and is conducted in a more relaxed atmosphere than court. Conciliation is a tailored approach to resolving a dispute in many different kinds of cases. It is important all parties in the case agree with the choice of mediators. When they choose to voluntarily substitute a mediator instead of hiring a solicitor to represent them, they have eliminated the expense and time in court and the chance at losing it all. It is better to reach a compromise than lose altogether. The mediator challenges both parties by presenting solutions where each achieves victory.

Court Process VS Mediating the Problem

For one thing, winning or losing in court can change laws and future disputes similar to the one in question. When using a mediator, laws do not change because of the outcome of a case. It is private, swift and cost effective for both parties. There is no stalemate.

Who Uses a Mediator Instead of a Solicitor

A mediator can be used in copious circumstances. Civil and commercial cases can be concluded swiftly. The mediator meets with both parties and hears each persons reasons for being there. He will meet privately with each party, reassuring each representative has the authority to conclude a settlement. He will discuss the issue until he has a clear understanding of the circumstances. It usually is completed within a day or two at the most. When they meet again he will offer suggestions for successful options in the best interest of both.

Additional Situations a Mediator Can Help

  • Divorce/Living Arrangements/Children
  • Real Estate, Land and Property
  • Wills and Inheritances
  • Transportation Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Regulatory and Public Sector
  • Sport, Media, Entertainment Industry
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Pensions and Life Assurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial and Business
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence

Family Disputes

Family discord should not be settled in court unless domestic violence or the safety of children is the issue, such as child abuse, then it becomes an urgent court case. A mediator can be flexible and gives both parties more control and responsibility over the outcome. Both parties are allowed to speak frankly and state their wishes and concerns before the mediator. It is less stressful that court and each person is allowed to speak freely. The mediator guides the situation toward an amicable settlement where each person feels comfortable with his/her decision. This can reduce hostility in an ongoing relationship where the parties will be in contact after the meetings. It improves the chances of finding a compromise in financial disputes and child visitation. Anyone who has applied to Family Court concerning these issues must legally show they have already attempted a to reach a determination with a professional mediator.

Intellectual Property

Resolving intellectual property disputes, such as infringement or royalty debates can be solved very quickly because there are a variety of solutions with a mediator.

Choose to Go to Court

If the persons involved still prefer to go to court, they must either prove their case involves domestic violence, or they have attempted to speak with a mediator in meetings and are not happy with the assessment.

Civil Disputes

Housing, business, small claims and additional civil debates may be resolved with a mediator for much less time and expense than using court proceedings. Small claims mediators can attempt to conclude disputes under £10,000 that are already going through the courts but have not been settled. If both parties agree, they will be contacted by telephone and save time and costs.

Using a Mediator in the Workplace

Repairing professional relationships and reconciling legal positions requires a skillful, effective mediator. He/she must be able to show business expertise, understand the legal ramifications and how to separate legal rights and best interests of each party. Using his/her experience the results can be fair, creative and realistic for both parties.

The Distinction Between Workplace and Employment Cases

If there is a breakdown between two or more employees in the workplace, the goal is to arrive at a fair, equitable solution to restore good working order. An employment case usually involves an employee leaving the company while delivering a legal claim. A binding compromise agreement is the intent here.

Compensation After an Accident

Before employing a solicitor or mediator Gov.UK suggests if you have been in an accident that writing a letter should be the first attempt in resolving the case against the person or organisation at fault. It costs nothing and may save time and money.

Making the Complaint in a Letter

If the injury or accident is not serious, use the complaint procedure pertaining to the circumstances if one is available. If not, write an explanation of what happened, what compensation you want, or how they can make it up to you.

Employing a Mediator

If you are rejected from the letter of complaint, you may hire a service to negotiate for you. A fee will be assessed, but it will be less than going to court, faster and easier.

Check Your Insurance

Look over your policies to see if you have legal expenses covered in the home or motor insurance policies. You may have coverage with a trade union, or an organisation such as the AA or the RAC.

Post Event Coverage

If you are not insured, a solicitor can assist you in locating insurance to protect you against a large legal debt. If you win, it is possible to get some of your money back from the losing side.

A note; these policies may be extremely expensive, or will not insure you if they are not confident you will win.

Employing a Claims Company or Solicitor

You can utilise Citizens Advice on taking legal action and the cost involved.

Legal aid is not available in personal injury claims, usually. If you are interested in a solicitor, they can advise you on the expense before you hire the firm.

Claims Companies

If you are seeking a solicitor to represent you in a dispute, a claims company will assist you. A claims company handler cannot represent you in court. Check to make sure the company is authorised by performing a search on the company ahead of calling them.

Court or Settle

It is inevitable that some disputes will end up in court for one reason or another. Most can be accomplished without the expense and time of litigation or arbitration. Direct negotiation between disputing parties is not always a possibility. An adjudicator is a neutral party who is there to offer both parties a deal where they can decide and shape the end result. The courts are inclined to nudge the parties to utilise a way to resolve the problems without ending in a trial. They may encourage one or both of the parties to accept the suggestion by penalising them.

When a dispute or disagreement makes it impossible to continue a personal or working relationship, choosing to mediate a solution is more acceptable in terms of time, expense and goodwill.