Conflict is a fact of life. It arises in commerce, in the workplace, in families and in local communities and inevitably, disputes occur that can be a tough challenge to resolve.
Disputes that appear to be deadlocked can be resolved by our unique approach which combines the expertise of our mediators with an in-depth understanding of what lies behind conflict, making resolution easier and simpler.
The style of mediation that we use is particularly successful because it is underpinned by well established psychological principles applied with the skill of an experienced mediator.
What is Mediation?
- Mediation is a problem-solving procedure and its essence is about finding a solution that satisfies everyone. This is often called the win/win approach. It differs from the legal process, which is often said to produce a win/lose outcome. The process of mediation treats both parties equally. Both parties must therefore have a desire to resolve the problem in hand.
- Mediation resolves disputes with discussion. We will not advise you or impose a decision on you, instead mediation is about helping you to communicate, to find your own solutions.
- You save time, money and stress and remain in control of the process. Mediation is voluntary and doesn't have to be legally binding.
- It's about rebuilding and strengthening relationships, and looking to the future. We recognise that disputes are not always about the rights and wrongs, but can equally be about feelings and emotions. Mediation can help you to achieve a truly satisfying result that allows you to move on.
The Mediation Process
Mediation is a flexible process which can take place face to face or by a series of private meetings. These meetings are all completely confidential and cannot be used later in Court. At the end of the process the parties very often agree on a settlement for the future.
Typically, a mediation will last for either a day or half a day depending on the nature of the dispute. A number of steps will be included in the process:
- the mediator has an initial discussion with the parties, either face to face or on the phone, prior to the date of the mediation itsel
- fthe mediator facilitates a series of discussions with the parties separately and jointly,
- the parties may reach an agreement which may be informal or may be drafted into a legally binding document
½ day mediation - £800 + VAT including preparation
Full day mediation - £1400 + VAT including preparation