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What is Mediation and the role of the Mediator?
Mediation is an interactive process where a neutral party assists and facilitates communication between parties in dispute.
What is the difference between Mediation and Arbitration?
In Mediation the parties retain control of the process and outcome. In arbitration the outcome is determined by the standard/law.
Is mediation suitable for all situations?
Mediation is not suitable for all procedures. i.e certain criminal procedures.
Does a mediator give advice or legal opinions?
No, a mediator does not give legal advice, opinions or judgment.
How do you decide whether to Mediate?
There are many factors which can influence a decision to Mediate or not such as cost, likelihood of settlement, stress and loss and the desire to find a solution.
Where can Meditation take place?
Due to restrictions Mediation is currently taking place via zoom or telephone but when possible at a neutral venue.
When is the best time to mediate?
It can be at various stages of dispute depending on the situation.
What happens if you reach agreement?
If parties have reached final agreement, a document will be signed by both parties and the mediator. If legally represented then solicitors can draw up an agreement to be signed by all.