Litigation can be a gruelling and painful experience. Mediation can provide a quicker and less stressful settlement. There are several good reasons to choose mediation over a court.
Mediation is normally conducted in one day or less and is most effective when conducted early in the dispute process. Therefore it is often quicker and as a result cheaper than going to trial. In addition, mediation tends to improve communication and therefore allows for a relationship to be maintained. This is useful where there is an ongoing business relationship or the opponent is a neighbour or relative and so some degree of relationship will need to exist afterwards.
Many people assume that mediation will not work as the other side will not see reason. However, mediation has a very good record of settling cases with over 80% of cases settling at mediation and over 95% settling in the week immediately after mediation. Given that these are agreed settlements where both parties walk away with some degree of satisfaction, this is better than Court which, of course, settles all cases but where at least half the people involved are going to be unhappy with the outcome!
We have a wide variety of skilled and experienced mediators with expertise both in mediation and several areas of law. Therefore we can bring mediation skills, legal expertise, and practical experience to bear on a dispute to obtain a settlement.
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