We provide a friendly, high standard and professional means to resolving commercial disputes. A service designed to meet your specific needs, your budget and which acts quickly. Avoiding formal court and arbitration proceedings, means that both time and legal costs can be saved. Free 30-min section available. Schedule it below.
What is mediation
Commercial Mediation Has Been Established To Help You
Embarking on Court proceedings, is costly, takes time and is stressful, with a Judge making the final decision, which leads to an uncertain outcome.
Arbitration is an alternative, but can also be costly, and is led by a third party decision maker.
Commercial Mediation offers a third way. Increasing in popularity, mediation is very different from round table meetings. Facilitated by the mediator, both parties are involved in the creation of the final settlement.
Surveys suggest that 87% of mediation agreements receive full payment as opposed to 65% of court ordered payments.
FEES AND CHARGES
We all know that suing someone, or being sued, can be expensive. A lot of people look at arbitration and think that it’s a good alternative. They then find out that it’s just as expensive as the Courts, and sometimes can be more expensive.
Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to suing or arbitration. It offers a much simpler way to dispute resolution, and works within a fixed time-scale. Because of the fixed timescale mediation costs are fixed – so that you know, before you start what you will have to pay.
Company Mediation charges a set fee depending on the time the process will take. For an online mediation, our fee is £450 for half a day and £850 for a full day. Compare that to current court fees and the difference is very clear.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It’s really easy to set up a County Court action, to sue someone who owes you money. It’s not that difficult to defend, if you are being sued. The problem is that it can take a very long time to deal with each step. At the moment it’s possible for a County Court action to take 12 to 18 months to get to Court. Even if you are successful, it may take more time to recover what you are owed.
Arbitration is much quicker and more effective, but there can still be delays. A ruling in arbitration can be legally effective but, again, the problem of enforcement is always there.
With mediation, you can, usually, get an appointment very quickly. The “hearing” takes, usually, half a day or a full day. At the end of the process, you will, usually, have reached an agreement the terms of which will also deal with how the agreement is to be effected. Mediation does not always lead to success but it gives each party the chance to reach a settlement without delay. If no settlement has been reached, each party will have a good insight into whether legal action might be successful and, so a very good chance to review their legal case.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
You don’t need lawyers, but we’re happy if you do.
It’s very important for you to know and understand that we will never discuss the case with you, or the other party, before the actual mediation starts. That way, we can’t be influenced in the way the process works and each party is treated the same.
It’s our job to make it simple, effective and to do our best to reach a settlement acceptable to both sides.
WHY COMPANY MEDIATION?
We established the Company after very many years of practice. One of us is a qualified lawyer who has been in practice since 1976 and the other a practising psychologist, with years of experience.
Qualifying in 1976 might suggest that the service we offer will be old hat. In fact, it’s anything but that. We take an open view on all matters, we’ve kept up to date with modern business practice and we don’t talk like lawyers. We talk like you, we’ve experienced the same ups and downs as you have and we have empathy.
In our law practice, most of our clients are repeat clients or introduced by other clients. That’s because we know what we’re doing, talk plain English and offer a service far better than most High Street law firms, at a fraction of the cost. We’ve carried the same ethos to our Mediation practice.
Finally, we established the business to help small firms get over their difficulties, quickly, easily and effectively. We’re a small business and we know just how difficult business is. We’ve seen how difficult it can be to get round problems. We’ve seen money-grabbing lawyers drag out cases, which should have been easy to solve. As a small or medium sized business, you can’t afford to waste time on litigation and you certainly can’t afford to waste money on stupidly high legal costs and court fees.
Mediation offers a cost effective, rapid and very fair way to settle problems.