I am qualified as a civil and commercial mediator to CMC (the UK’s mediation organisation) standards.
My broad commercial experience helps me quickly grasp the key issues. Having been a SME CEO myself I am well aware of the pressures of the job and the stress that it can cause.
I’m here to help. For a free, no obligation chat please contact me.
So What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an increasingly popular method of resolving disputes without going to court.
The process is confidential and without prejudice (meaning that nothing said can be used in any court). A solution is reached with the active agreement of all parties – there is no risk of having an unacceptable outcome imposed. This makes mediation low risk – the worst outcome is that the dispute remains unresolved.
The solutions can be very imaginative and resolve wider problems than just the matter in dispute.
Mediation is fast – typically solutions are found and agreed in one (intense) day. 80% of mediations result in an agreement. Time is money, as some genius once wrote, so mediation is likely to be a far cheaper option that litigation.
What Disputes Can Be Solved by Mediation?
Pretty much anything. My qualification and experience is in civil and commercial, including (but not limited to):
- Commercial Disputes.
- Shareholder Disputes.
- Landlord and tenant.
- Boundaries, rights of way etc.
- Family companies, inheritance and wealth.
I do not mediate in family law or divorces.
How Mediation Works.
All the parties to a dispute decide to seek resolution though mediation and jointly appoint a mediator. The parties sign an agreement to mediate, which includes binding confidentiality clauses.
The parties send background briefs to the mediator to enable them to read into the case.
On the agreed day they meet (in person or on line) and through a number of meetings (led by the mediator) find a way to produce a mutually acceptable solution.
When the terms of the solution are agreed a binding agreement is signed and (if necessary) an agreed text released to the public.
All parties then depart to get on with their lives.
What the Mediator does (and does not) do.
The mediator is appointed by all parties to manage the process of meetings, discussions and proposals to develop an agreement. This will involve multiple meetings, often with the mediator shuttling between the parties.
The mediator is impartial and all the parties are (separately) clients – the mediator’s obligation is to them.
The mediator is neither a judge , an adviser nor an arbitrator and is not there to impose a solution, or even comment on the viability of suggestions. The mediator simply leads the parties through a process to a mutually acceptable settlement.
Key Points About Mediation
The process is voluntary. Parties can abandon the mediation at any point.
The process is both confidential and without prejudice. Any information disclosed to the mediator can only be shared with the express permission of the disclosing party (unless disclosure is required by law – e.g. money laundering).
On the day all parties must have the authority to enter into a settlement agreement. They will be asked to confirm this on the day.
If I am appointed via a panel they will negotiate the fee.
If you chose to contact me directly the initial discussion is free of charge. My fee, which will include all costs, will be based on the work involved and the value of the dispute. I am confident that my rates are competitive.
If you are involved in a dispute and both you and the other parties want to explore mediation further, without obligation, contact me