Mediation - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to resolve a dispute. If you are looking for an alternative way to resolve a dispute, Stephensons can offer trained mediators who will be able to guide you through the process.

Why use mediation?

Going to court can prove to be an extremely stressful, time consuming and expensive process. Through mediation parties can find a workable agreement without the need for court action.

Most parties involved in a dispute would rather agree a settlement than go to court. Mediation can be used to the best effect where opposing parties want to agree a solution but for some reason are unable to settle. The benefits of reaching an agreement through mediation can prove beneficial from both a personal and financial perspective.

If you feel you could benefit from mediation please complete our online enquiry form and one of our mediation specialists will contact you.

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Mediation FAQs

How does mediation work?

A trained mediator works between two parties in order to resolve a dispute. The mediator uses a range of techniques to encourage a settlement that both parties can live with. Mediation often starts with the preparation of a bundle of documents and statements setting out your views. On the day of the mediation itself the mediator will usually want to speak to all parties together. Time will be allowed for people to express their views in a respectful way. The parties will then separate and the mediator will often work between them in order to reach an agreement.

Can I speak my mind at mediation?

Yes, the mediator should not release information without your consent. In the absence of fraud, what is said at mediation remains confidential to the parties and cannot be relied upon in court.

How successful is it?

Our experience shows that mediation is successful in around 75% of cases.

What does mediation cost?

Mediators fees range from £1,200 to £10,000 per day, dependant upon qualifications and experience.

What are the advantages of mediation?

  • Cheaper and quicker than going to court

  • You retain an element of control over the negotiation, rather than handing a decision over to a Judge

  • Ability to deal with items that would fall outside of a court's remit

  • Retaining valued relationships as the process can be less adversarial than court

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