Mediation is probably the most well-known scheme for alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is used for a wide range of disputes, including family, employment, housing and consumer. We have a number of expert mediators on hand to help you find a negotiated settlement to your problem.
Mediation is a completely voluntary and confidential process. It involves an independent and impartial person helping you and the other party find a solution acceptable to everyone.
Mediators do not make judgements and will not direct you towards a particular outcome or express a personal opinion, although they will ensure everyone involved is treated fairly.
A mediator will help you and the other person come to an agreement by asking questions and clarifying the options for resolving your dispute. If for any reason you don’t want to meet the other side, the mediator will act as a go between.
Some mediation agreements will be legally binding and you will not then be able to take your case to court, except to enforce any award. However, in family law disputes, agreements reached through mediation may not be legally binding, unless you both agree, and will rely on both you and the other person putting the agreement into effect.