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WHY MEDIATION WORKS AND ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION

Mediation allows the parties to a dispute to air their views in an informal setting. The mediator explores potential ways of settling the dispute with each party, guiding the parties to a more realistic view of their situ-ation by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of their case the risks inherent in failing to reach a settlement. The parties are in control of the process and the outcome.

Even where a mediation fails the parties often narrow down the scope of the dispute to a single issue which can then be dispensed with quickly by the court.

The advantages of mediation are :-

  • speed of dispute resolution (usually 3-4 weeks with a 1 day mediation).
  • cost savings - both for the process and in respect of the extent of legal fees.
  • improvement in communication between the parties.
  • a flexible informal procedure.
  • addresses unreasonable claims and expectations. Should produce a fair outcome.

 
     
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