Mediation is a method of resolving a dispute which involves a trained, independent person (the mediator) assisting the parties to a dispute to reach an agreement, by facilitating discussion and negotiation.
Discussions and offers of settlement made during mediation are confidential and parties do not therefore need to be concerned about those matters being repeated in any court proceedings.
Parties usually have their lawyer present to assist them during the mediation. If an agreement is reached at the mediation, the lawyers usually draft the agreement at the conclusion.
A mediation should be considered at an early stage of a dispute. However a mediation can take place at any stage, including whilst court proceedings are ongoing.
Why go to mediation?
Mediations conducted by experienced mediators often result in an agreement being reached in relation to some or all of the issues in dispute.
Legal fees are an unwanted expense. Long term legal representation and court proceedings can be very expensive and stressful. Bringing a dispute to conclusion by mediation can save parties thousands of dollars in legal fees and allow them to move on from the dispute at an earlier time.
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