Resolve your dispute without going to court
Litigation can prove to be costly, particularly as cases approach a court hearing. Timely mediation is becoming an increasingly popular and practical alternative to costly and protracted litigation. At WBW we appreciate that “one size does not fit all” and our accredited Mediators are able to act as an impartial party to resolve conflicts.
Mediation is a flexible process that can be used to settle disputes in a whole range of situations such as:
- family disputes
- employment disputes
- property litigation
- contested probate claims
- professional negligence
- consumer disputes
- contract disputes
- neighbourhood disputes
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding and confidential process where a neutral third party intervenes at an early stage, to help parties bring their dispute to an amicable settlement.
How Mediation Works
An experienced mediator will act on an independent and confidential basis liaising between the various parties to a dispute in order to promote the prospects of a negotiated settlement. In the majority of cases a specific session is set aside for mediation, normally lasting between half a day and a day depending on the nature of the dispute, at this time all parties will get together at a specified venue in order to try and reach a settlement.
Mediation can be conducted in many ways, and presents those who are involved in a dispute with a flexible and common sense alternative to an adversarial process which will ultimately impose a result on the proceedings. Whilst mediation is a voluntary process, courts can sometimes look unfavourably on parties who unreasonably refuse to attempt mediation.
WBW are also able to offer Collaborative Law. This is a process in which each person appoints their own collaborative lawyer and there are discussions to identify the issues and seek ways of resolving them in meetings working together, face to face, to find suitable solotions for your future arrangements. The aim of this type of process is to resolve the disputes without involving the Courts, except to approve your final agreement.