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What is mediation?

Mediation is a flexible, voluntary and confidential form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in which a neutral third party assists parties to work towards a negotiated settlement of their dispute, with the parties retaining control of the decision on whether or not to settle and on what terms.

There are different styles of mediation but the most common is facilitative mediation in which, unlike a judge or arbitrator, the mediator will not decide the case on its merits, but will work to facilitate agreement between the parties.

The mediation agreement will usually require the parties to treat all discussions and documents as confidential and without prejudice (WP). Usually, what is said or written cannot be used in later proceedings if the mediation does not settle, but there are some limited exceptions. The confidentiality of the process can avoid issues being made public that the parties want to keep private, as might happen in court proceedings.

Except in unusual circumstances, the parties themselves should attend the mediation. Unless it is a small claim, parties are usually accompanied by their lawyers but this is not essential. In the case of a party that is a company or association, its representative must have authority to reach a binding settlement at the mediation.

Mediation provides a private forum in which the parties can gain a better understanding of each other's positions and work together to explore options for resolution. During the mediation, the mediator meets privately with each party to discuss the problem confidentially. This allows each party to be frank with the mediator and have a realistic look at their case in private, without fear that any weaknesses discussed will be communicated to other parties.

Should you wish to discuss any matters relating to this article please contact Alison Stace on 01978 291000 or by email [email protected]

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