Mediation is recommended for all sorts of disputes. Courts often require that you consider it before embarking on costly and time consuming legal action. Mediation is quicker, cheaper and less stressful – often resulting in a workable solution that feels fair to all those involved.
Mediation is especially helpful where maintaining ongoing communication is important for business, family or employment reasons. Mediators are highly trained professionals, skilled in helping people talk together to decide on a practical and fair way forward. They can even minimise the need for further expense by giving you useful strategies to sort out future disagreements in a better way. Mediation can also help you avoid hurting the innocent bystanders to your dispute, so often your children, family and friends, who might otherwise get caught in the crossfire of an acrimonious fight.
Statistics show that mediation is four times faster and at least a quarter of the price of using legal action alone. Where there is a dispute, using litigation alone can often cost £20,000 to £30,000 for each side. Mediation is a fraction of this; matters can be resolved for as little as £220 per person with costs rarely exceeding £1000 per person even in the most complex and difficult cases. Mediation has a consistently high success rate of over 80% and even in the minority of cases where matters are not fully resolved, there is a greater level of understanding and agreement, reducing subsequent legal costs significantly.