Mediation is a voluntary process where a mediator acts as an independent third party to encourage dialogue between two clients. It is often a good way for you to agree an outcome outside court.
Mediation can be used to resolve a wide-range of issues at any stage. It is flexible, cost-effective and means you can reach agreement between yourselves.
Mediation usually begins with an ‘intake’ meeting where each client meets with the mediator to find out more about the process, discuss their concerns and see if mediation will be suitable for them. Following the intake meetings, a first joint meeting is usually then organised where both clients will sit down with the mediator to draw up an agenda for the coming sessions.
Mediation can usually be concluded within five sessions but this will be dependent on the progress made at each meeting and the scope of the agenda. Once a proposal is reached that is acceptable to both clients, a summary is prepared by the mediator to then be passed to the clients’ solicitors. You can take advice from solicitors outside the process to inform the discussions.