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"A good settlement is better than a good lawsuit"Abraham Lincoln
It’s our mission at GetMediation to inspire everyone in a dispute – the parties themselves and their lawyers – to use mediation to manage and resolve the problem.
Why? Because it works – and saves so much time, money and above all needless stress – and returns and restores your precious peace of mind!
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Mediation happens in a relaxed and reasonable setting that’s a far cry from the oppressive and overwhelming atmosphere of a court room. You’ll be comfortable, and the venue will be convenient to all parties instead of traipsing to some alien, forbiddingly solemn place to engage in conflict. Isn’t that just so much better?
Save You Time and Money
When your dispute begins, so does the drain on your wallet. After thousands have been spent, “a day at court” is not only a frightful experience, but one where a stranger imposes a compromised ending. Mediation gives you control and input and a much cheaper, quicker, more agreeable result.
Achieve 90% Success Rate
As you can see, mediation should really be the first thing you do to resolve your dispute. It keeps more money in your pocket and more hair on your head!
The proof of this is that typically we achieve a solution that both parties agree is the best outcome in about 90% of cases.
"GetMediation really helped my client solve what I think was a very complicated and quite acrimonious and protracted dispute..."
Commercial mediation is simply the best way to resolve business disputes. It’s a supremely flexible, cost effective and confidential dispute resolution process where a skilled neutral person – a Mediator – helps the people in the dispute to cut through the antagonistic litigation process and reach an agreed negotiated settlement that serves their interests much better than continuing towards a Court hearing.
In contrast to Court hearings the parties retain all the control of the process and make the decision to settle or not as well as being able to agree the terms on which a settlement which is satisfactory to both of them can take place.
Unlike hearings in front of a judge your Mediator will not be the one deciding the case nor will they impose a result. Instead they will work hard to facilitate an acceptable agreement between the parties and this means it is the parties’ opinions, priorities and interests which matter – not the Mediator’s, not the Court’s.
A mediation will generally take place on a single day where both parties will be in the same building, but will not necessarily physically meet. The mediation process is entirely and completely confidential and is legally “without prejudice”. What this means is that nothing that is said during the mediation can be used in later proceedings in the unlikely event that the Mediator doesn’t bring the parties to a settlement on the day. This is extremely useful as the confidentiality of the process enables the parties to be completely open and honest with the Mediator without having to think about embarrassment if their thoughts and feelings were to be made public in a Court hearing. Everything they say to the Mediator stays with the Mediator (just like a confessional).
During the commercial mediation the parties will have a comfortable private forum in which they can glean a better understanding of their own position and perspective as well as that of the other side without pressure or judgment. It’s this atmosphere, as well as the skill and experience of the Mediator, that leads to a 90% success rate for mediation.
It’s easy to appreciate that when each party is able to be completely frank with a skilled mediation practitioner who helps them to take a realistic and objective view of their case in private without fear of disclosure of any weaknesses, the parties can leave antagonism and anger behind and rather focus on their priorities and self-interest, which is almost always best served in negotiating a satisfactory settlement rather than continuing the rancour.
Commercial mediation can solve disputes in almost any type of case including commercial contracts, intellectual property, computer/IT, professional negligence, property disputes, construction disputes, consumer issues, personal injury and insurance, wills and probate inheritance disputes and any other sorts of commercial dispute or business litigation.
At GetMediation we have exceptional Mediators with exceptional experience to help you handle and solve whatever expensive and tedious disputes you’re facing.
In workplace mediation the employer and employee involved in conflict use a voluntary confidential process led by a skilled impartial third party – the workplace Mediator.
Conflicts can happen in any employment setting but a fundamental “rule of thumb” is that the best outcomes happen when the conflict is addressed early with mediation.
If a conflict isn’t mediated quickly, rancour can increase and escalate leading to costly emotional and financial consequences with grievance or disciplinary procedures or the stress and expense of employment tribunals. As the best kind of alternative dispute resolution workplace mediation can completely avoid these much more foreboding and costly procedures by gently and skilfully guiding the participants in the conflict towards a more amicable and mutually beneficial solution.
Workplace mediation is successful for many reasons, but in part it succeeds as it is a process that an aggrieved party enters willingly. The workplace Mediator will emphasise that the mediation is a voluntary and confidential event and that both employer and employee have a common interest and a common goal to settle their dispute in the most mutually beneficial way. The Mediator will use their professional acumen to help both parties obtain as much of a “win win” resolution as possible.
If workplace mediation is used when employment disputes begin it stands a really good chance of not just providing a successful outcome to the conflict itself, but of maintaining or re-establishing reasonable working relationships. Early workplace mediation can prevent the parties from becoming entrenched and can minimise and alleviate anger or antagonism.
Mediation in the workplace can also help when an internal mediation procedure has been unable to resolve the dispute or the relevant staff are unwilling to mediate with an internal mediator.
Workplace mediation is also far suprerior to tribunals or litigation where the matter is particularly sensitive or confidential or the matter involves more senior members of staff, and is also the best thing to do if the dispute has escalated and formal proceedings have been threatened or the parties feel that the internal mediator is conflicted.
In short, both an employer and an employee will benefit from workplace mediation and both parties will save a tremendous amount of time, money and stress. Workplace mediation prevents disputes from escalating beyond control, minimises stress and anxiety, greatly reduces financial expense including the risk of litigation, and generally greatly contributes to much better, more productive, happy and harmonious working environments.
Workplace mediation can successfully solve problems including:
- Disharmony within teams or between individuals
- Conflict arising from the interaction of management and employees
- Disputes in the boardroom or between executives
- Issues involving matters of discrimination, harassment or bullying
- Business disputes between partners or shareholders
- Commercial conflict in the business supply chain
- Consumer disputes with customers of the business
- Disagreements consequential to buy outs, mergers and acquisitions
and any other forms of conflict or dispute arising in the workplace.
"Our business was mired in an employee issue but our mediator knew just how to diffuse a tense situation and it worked out really well for everyone."
Family mediation helps couples reach much more amicable settlements much more quickly and cheaply than using traditional divorce lawyers.
A family Mediator will help both parties to come to important decisions regarding all the important factors involved with a divorce and financial settlement.
A family Mediator will help the couple plot out a mutually agreed roadmap for future relations that works for everybody in a mutually agreeable way without the stress and expense of having to go through Court proceedings.
Naturally, as a result, family mediation saves everybody an enormous amount of time, money and stress!
Family mediation gives both parties a much more relaxed time and space to consider the most important priorities both for their children and in fact for the whole family group. The couple will be able to think clearly about what arrangements for their children will be suitable and will be best for them. It will help a couple consider all the important matters for their children and plan for arrangements as they go through school and all the other challenges of their young lives.
Whether a couple have children or not, family mediation will be hugely beneficial to help them come to an equitable financial settlement. Family mediation will not only help to map out the best way to use future family finances but will also be the best forum in which to explore the best options for where each party will live following a split.
The best time to begin family mediation is right at the very start.
However, even should a couple have been separated for some time, and even if their case has already gone into the Court process, family mediation is still seen as the best way to achieve the most amicable solutions.
In fact it is completely routine that a divorce Court will not take your case until it is satisfied that you’ve tried mediation first. It is very likely a judge will delay or even halt a divorce until the parties can show that they have considered or tried family mediation. This is because family mediation – just like mediation in any dispute – achieves much more harmonious and successful settlements than those imposed in Court.
So, if you need a family Mediator we can provide experienced and sensitive Mediators to help you. When you contact us we’ll tell you that the next thing to do is to arrange a first meeting where we’ll explore the benefits of family mediation with a couple to find out if they both think mediation is the right thing to do. This meeting is called a “Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting” (MIAM).
Like the whole process of family mediation this first meeting will be conducted in a gentle, calm and sensitive environment. This can be done completely informally or with your legal advisers present. It is also possible that Legal Aid may be available for family mediations, so please ask us if you think that you might need this.
In all cases – and even if you decide your case isn’t suitable for family mediation – the Court will still require the formalities to be observed and you will need to fill out the relevant section in the Court form to prove to a judge that you have considered family mediation.
"I felt despair at how acrimonious things had got, but my mediator smoothed everything out and helped us to get to an agreement that worked for us."
More Information About Mediation
What Is mediation?
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a really effective process which resolves the majority of disputes when people engage constructively with it.
When mediation takes place, an impartial person (the Mediator) helps the people involved in the dispute to discuss their issues, identify the nub of the problems as they see it, and bring an end to the conflict by creating a solution with their full input to provide a resolution that they are fully involved in and have agreed themselves.
The process of mediation is so successful so often because of this factor – the solution we arrive at is one that we’ve helped the parties create for themselves.
It’s a resolution that they have participated in without outcomes that they have agreed.
This is a complete contrast to a “day at Court” where one participates in a cold, foreboding, formalised ritual presided over by some stern stranger in a costume who hands down a compromised imposition.
This “judgment” is not only judgmental but treats the people in the conflict as third parties, not participants.
To get to this very unsatisfactory outcome the people involved in the dispute will have spent thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of pounds to arrive at this disappointing conclusion.
The money spent and the accumulated results of all the stress could have been greatly alleviated ans softened with the adept and timely use of mediation in almost every case.
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