Whenever a dispute arises and litigation is contemplated, the parties must give specific consideration to the option of formal mediation to resolve matters.
Mediation at the outset is often informal. This may involve a discussion between lawyers or a round table meeting. Providing genuine efforts to resolve the issues are being made, these meetings are carried out on a “without prejudice” basis which basically means that unless a final agreement is reached, the discussions are private.
Formal mediation is the next step. If you refuse to take part then this can be punished by the Court with harsh costs penalties against the unwilling party.
Mediation is not cheap but it is certainly less expensive than prolonged Court action. It can also be conducted privately and protect commercially sensitive information.
The objective is to deal with your dispute in the most efficient way so that you can get on with your business!
If you have a query or would like to book an appointment please get in touch with our First Contact team on 01256 320555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dispute Resolution Partner
Employment & Litigation Paralegal