Meaby & Co – Civil and Commercial Mediation Specialists
What is Mediation?
Civil and Commercial Mediation is a flexible and cost effective way of solving almost any form of commercial dispute and can deliver results more attractive to the parties than going to court. The parties control the outcome. They choose to be there, they have a chance to explain their point of view and it is their choice whether they settle and if so on what terms.
Is Mediation Quicker Than going to Court?
It is fast. A typical commercial mediation lasts only a day; sometimes half a day is enough. It is confidential and, compared to litigation, inexpensive.
Does Mediation Work?
Recent reports confirm that more than 85% of commercial meditations settle successfully. Settlements reached by the parties in mediation are on terms that the parties have chosen to agree and can deliver solutions that are not always available from a court and which respect the parties’ commercial interests, not just their legal rights.
When and Why Should I Mediate?
Civil and Commercial Mediation is often used because it enables the parties to find a resolution without the cost of Court proceedings.
It is worth noting that:
- The Courts can prevent parties from proceeding to a trial unless Mediation has been attempted. The courts can in certain circumstances impose Mediation, therefore, it’s better for the parties to attempt Mediation voluntarily before any Court costs have been incurred.
- The Small Claims track of the County Court now hears with a value of £10,000 or less which, in most cases, prevents parties from recovering their legal fees. Civil and Commercial Mediation is a fast and cost effective way of concluding small claims.
What Can I Expect to Happen at a Mediation?
There is no fixed procedure at a Mediation, therefore, much depends on the nature of the dispute. Parties should be prepared for an opening Mediation session, at which everyone attends. Open sessions are usually followed by a series of individual sessions, during which the Mediator travels between the parties.
Mediation negotiations and conversations are often held on a without prejudice basis, which means anything said during the mediation can not be referred to in the future. The benefit therefore of a mediation being without prejudice is that the parties can speak freely and openly, comments made cannot be referred to if the case went to Court.
When to Mediate?
When to mediate depends on the type of case. Early Mediation is advisable because delay may result in the parties becoming heavily entrenched in their positions.
How Much Does Mediation Cost?
The cost of the Civil / Commercial Mediation varies from case to case. The factors that affect the cost are:
- the value of the dispute
- the time the Mediator has been booked for and
- the number of parties.
Parties are subject to additional fees if they want their own Lawyers to attend the Mediation.
Where Will the Mediation Take Place?
Generally it is up to the parties decide on an appropriate location, If the parties cannot decide on a venue then we can host the Mediation in one of our offices.
Our Mediation Services Include:
- Employment Claims
- Partnership Disputes
- Property Litigation
- Inheritance Claims
- Contentious Probate
- Professional Negligence
- Boundary Disputes
- Media Litigation
- Defamation, Libel or Slander
You can contact our Mediation team by telephone on 020 7703 5034 and asking for dispute resolution, by email at email@example.com or by completing the form below.