What happens if We Can’t Agree?
Given that more than 80% of mediations do settle and given that the very reason for attending mediation in the first place is to find a mutually beneficial solution, we recommend that you remain positive throughout and work with the Mediator to exhaust all possibilities. If however it is simply not possible to find an agreement, you can leave the mediation. Before doing that however, it is always a better idea to understand what the alternatives are if you do walk away. Possible court action? What costs will be involved? Is a ‘win’ guaranteed?
Will the Mediator Take Sides?
No. Mediators remain neutral and impartial at all times. They will discuss the arguments with each party in an entirely private & confidential environment and will not release any information disclosed in those meetings without permission. Mediators may ask tough questions to get to the bottom of the dispute but this is for your benefit only and is not by way of taking sides.
Will the Mediator give Advice?
A mediator is not permitted to give advice. His role is to help the parties reach a mutually beneficial settlement by exploring all possible options – including those that the parties may not have thought of – so that both sides can end the dispute without the feeling of having ‘lost’.
Can I arrange the Mediation in my area?
Yes, you can arrange a mediation anywhere in UK at a venue on which all parties agree. It is also possible to arrange a mediation from the comfort of your own home or office via video conference on Zoom. Please see Online Mediation.
Is Mediation Expensive?
Mediation is far less costly than going to Court and it can save a great deal of time and worry by agreeing a mutually beneficial solution earlier rather than later. See our Fee Chart for costs.
What is the Prospect of Success?
The success rate for mediations is extremely high. The statistics show that across the UK, more than 80% of mediations reach a settlement on the day or very soon after – and online Zoom mediations are currently showing a slightly higher success rate than face-to-face mediations.