Mediation is perhaps the most flexible of the non court-based dispute resolution methods. Like others, it relies on a party-appointed neutral, in this case the mediator, who guides and assists the parties through to their own settlement. The process is confidential and without prejudice. The parties may be brought to mediation by the dispute resolution clause in their contract or by an ad hoc agreement to mediate.
Mediation normally takes place over a period of a day or several days, with a mixture of joint and private sessions between the mediator and the parties and their advisers.
Nothing is binding until reduced to writing and signed up. The parties can agree to do things which no court could order, so lateral thinking is very much part of the order of the day. Almost any case can be mediated effectively. The mediation will typically go through phases of introduction, exploration, agreeing the issues on which the parties differ and then the generation of options to deal with those issues and the final negotiation.
We have leading commercial mediators from a variety of different professional backgrounds who are experienced in a range of sectors. They are able to handle both UK and international cases and are on many international panels of mediators. They have many years of experience mediating complex commercial cases and also have made and continue to make a significant contribution to the world of mediation, including through participating as professionals in UK and international mediation competitions.