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Mediation can be a very useful way of resolving a dispute without the need to go to court. The parties must agree to mediate and it allows the issues to be discussed with a view to reaching an agreement or at least to narrow the issues. The Mediator assists the parties but it is important to remember that the Mediator will remain impartial and will therefore not take sides. Neither will the Mediator advise or make decisions for the parties – the decisions are made by the parties. Often parties seek legal advice during the mediation process and the lawyers can also attend the mediation meeting if preferred.

The process is confidential and any discussions held are ‘without prejudice’. This means that if an agreement cannot be reached during mediation, parties will not be held to any proposals discussed in mediation. This gives the parties confidence to enter into discussions positively with a view to settling the dispute.

Mediation can result in agreements being reached more quickly and this often means more cheaply. Further, as the parties are working together, it is often a more amicable way to deal with the dispute.

Mediation is becoming more popular and GoodyBurrett are able to offer a Mediation service or to accompany clients to Mediation and advise them on the process.