A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Mediation provides a relaxed, non-confrontational and safe setting which allows all parties to think, reflect and focus on the behaviour of all concerned.
Mediation is cost effective compared to the financial drain of going to court.
Mediation can be scheduled within a short timescale and usually lasts a single day,
instead of the months and years involved in court action.
All discussions and information disclosed during the mediation (with a few legally required exceptions) are confidential. This allows a safe exploration of all the issues of the case.
Unwanted publicity is prevented, keeping business reputations intact.
Mediation allows the parties to preserve or rebuild relationships as all sides are empowered to work constructively together to achieve a workable agreement.
This differs from the more hostile legal approach with its 'winner/loser' scenario.
Mediation allows the participants full control of the process empowering them to decide their own outcome by exploring practical solutions which will benefit all parties.
Mediation provides more than just a financial settlement. Parties are able to design creative solutions ranging from compensation, discounts, a refund, damages, to an apology or change
The Courts are increasingly promoting mediation as a mandatory step as early as possible in a dispute, thus deterring the escalation of court action. Penalties have even been considered by judges against parties who unreasonably refuse to mediate.
There is no such thing as a 'cast iron' case. A judge may not view your case as favourably as you. Furthermore, in the face of a successful ruling you are unlikely to recover all of your legal costs.