What is mediation?
Going to court is expensive and can be unpredictable. If you are in dispute, it is always worth considering mediation, which is an alternative, less expensive and often less stressful way of resolving your dispute. myBarrister will put you in touch with barristers who are specialists in mediation and trained as mediators.
Mediation involves an independent person (the “mediator”) hearing the arguments from both sides and then suggesting a resolution. The mediator has no decision-making power and cannot require each side to follow his or her decision. Mediation aims to be conciliatory rather than confrontational, which is what tends to happen in court proceedings. However, a mediator can make suggestions or help the parties resolve their differences in a less forbidding environment than a court.
What types of disputes lend themselves to mediation?
Mediation is very useful in those disputes where communication between the arguing parties may have broken down and where some independent resolution would be helpful. By going to mediation, the parties save themselves unnecessary costs, although there are is no guarantee that it will resolve their dispute.
Mediation is particularly useful in disputes involving:
- A breakdown of relationships, involving divorce or child custody
- Employment disputes
- Contractual disputes, including debt recovery
- Landlord and tenant disputes
Why should I choose a barrister?
Mediation does require expertise on the part of those preparing for mediation to make sure that the arguments are properly presented. If you think that mediation may help you to resolve your dispute, barristers are ideally placed to advise you as your representative. They are experts in the law, practised at resolving disputes and can guide you through the process.
Some barristers are also trained mediators, so are available to act as mediators in your dispute.
Who is the best barrister for me?
If you need expert advice and assistance on a dispute where mediation is a useful option for resolving it, choose a barrister on myBarrister. Barristers will provide you with guidance so you that you know where you stand and can take the right decisions about what to do next.
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