Mediation is an alternative way of resolving a dispute. During mediation, the qualified mediator will help you to discuss your issues together in a managed and neutral environment, with the aim of reaching agreed solutions together. The mediator is impartial and is a neutral third party. He or she does not give legal advice on what you are discussing, even if the mediator is also a solicitor. The mediator will however provide general legal information if appropriate, and will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice from your respective solicitors alongside the mediation process. The mediation process remains within your control, since meetings are arranged at times that suit everyone and the process can take as many meetings as you may be need. At the end of the mediation process, any agreement reached can be formalised by your respective solicitors.
More information about mediation, and other alternatives to Court, can be found here on the Resolution website.
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