What are the benefits of mediation?

 

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which is widely used in family law and personal disputes as an alternative to a court hearing.

Parties to mediation will often seek legal advice in any event, and may even instruct a solicitor for mediation, although it is often intended to replace the use of expensive legal representation in complex disputes. 

Voluntary resolution

The main feature of mediation is that it is voluntary. Both parties must assent to the use of mediation to get the ball rolling, but either party is free to end the use of mediation at any time if they feel that it is not working or that they would prefer to approach the resolution of the dispute in a different way.

Trained professionals

Mediation uses a trained and independent mediator to get the discussion going, and to literally mediate between each side.

Often, parties will meet a mediator independently of one another to begin with, presenting their side of the dispute in a non-confrontational environment in which they can be free to express themselves openly. The mediator is then able to gauge the points of contention for each side in a professional manner, and can move discussions towards those topics. 

Non-confrontational

In most people's opinion the main advantage of mediation is that it is open, non-confrontational, and tailors the discussion to the parties involved in the dispute.

Both parties can negotiate free of obligation, either with or without a solicitor. They can leave at any time, and so are only there because they want to be. This avoids a lot of wasted time in court and as a result frequently saves the parties considerable amounts of time and money.

Due to its success, courts will now often refer cases to mediation if they feel that a dispute is not moving forward, and will then look to endorse the outcome of the mediation once it has been reached. This is particularly the case with family disputes. 

If you would like to obtain legal advice on mediation, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

 

 
 
Call
0800 1777 162
or fill in the form
Our trained advisor contacts you
Your chosen specialist solicitor calls you
Quick enquiry form
Area of law:
Name:
Town/City:
Email:
Phone:
What our clients say about us
"This was the first time I've been to court, which was a nerve-racking experience for me. However, I felt very prepared, I understood my case and representation - this was down to you."
Gavin, criminal motoring, Oct 15
"Your service, and the prompt call back from your recommended firm was very good. I would not hesitate to call again or recommend your service."
Ian, employment law, Truro, July 15
"The firm were excellent, could not have been better! They are exactly what I need right now."
Linda, criminal defence, Thames Ditton, Jul 15
"Your contact and service was immediate and utmost professional, 10/10."
TF, conveyancing, Dudley, Jun 15
"I appreciate the service that you provide. I found you to be courteous, efficient and reassuring at a time when my confidence in justice is completely negative."
Patrick, litigation, Pontypridd, Jun 15
"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the speed of which you came back to me in. If anyone else can benefit from your help like I have done, it would make my day."
Gail M, family law, Potters Bar, Jun 15
"Your assistance was extremely helpful. Particularly to someone who in 40 years of business has never experienced this sort of issue."
TD, commercial litigation, Galashiels, Apr 15
"It is difficult to express the value Contact Law has to someone like me who had very little understanding of the law and how to proceed forward with my case. Thank you for the service you provided."
AE, defamation law, Worthing, Apr 15
"Thank you for the efficient service I received. I was contacted by your solicitor on the same day as my request. Your quick response to my situation made me feel secure."
AN, employment law, London, Apr 15
"Your service was excellent, very fast and informative. I never got the impression of being pressurised at all. The solicitor you recommended was also excellent – very knowledgeable and supportive."
JHD, Motoring law, Liverpool, Apr 15
Contact Law supports the endeavours of STAE and commends all the work they are undertaking to assist in the plight of the Asian Elephant

 

We use cookies on the Contact Law site to help us improve it.

If you would like to allow our cookies, please click 'Continue' or carry on browsing. For more information on cookies and how to change your settings, click 'More info'.