Mediation is “a process in which an impartial and independent third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to a dispute to assist them to reach a mutually acceptable solution”, (M.I.I definition, 2006). The aim of mediation is to assist the parties to resolve conflicts. Mediation works because it helps the parties to resolve even the most difficult disputes in a practical way. It deals with their real interests and needs without the risks and costs of further court proceedings. The parties achieve their own solution without an imposed decision.
A Mediator is “a trained professional who facilitates the process of mediation whilst acting at all times in accordance with the principles of impartiality, integrity, fairness and confidentiality, with respect for all parties to the dispute and in accordance with the Code of Ethics” (M.I.I definition, 2006).
The mediator acts as a neutral chairman, clarifying arguments, focusing the participants on the REAL issues, and guiding those in dispute to a mutually acceptable solution.
This depends on the complexity of the parties' circumstances, but mediation typically takes between 3-6 meetings. However this can be compounded into a full day.
An agreement to mediate is a legally binding contract, whether in writing or not. Nothing is binding upon any party until an agreed settlement is reached. Once a settlement has been drawn up and signed it, becomes an enforceable contract between the parties. A legal agreement can be drawn up from the document by solicitors.
Renewal Consultants aim is to help you to choose the most cost effective solution to your dispute. We have a flexible service, and will tailor it to your requirements. Please contact us to discuss the options to best manage and resolve the dispute/conflict.Disclaimer