Workplace & Business Mediation Services
An efficient dispute resolution service is invariably cheaper, faster & more flexible than court action
Are you in the position where your livelihood or your business is under threat from serious conflict or from the threat of legal action? The process of mediation, conducted by a skilled and practiced mediator on neutral ground, is often a much preferred and better alternative to that of being involved in court action. Mediation can turn deadlock and acrimony into an agreeably resolved matter. Then with all important issues settled, everyone can move on.
Mediation V’s Court Action
People have many thoughts and opinions about mediation. The facts are that it is a controlled process which avoids lengthy court action and one that leads to both sides agreeing on an outcome:
- You set the time schedule
- You set the agenda
- Manageable fixed fees
- Legal representation is optional
- You agree to the outcome
- The process is private
- The Court sets the timetable
- The Court imposes its own decision
- Can be expensive and drawn out
- Legal representation is advisable
- Decisions can go against you
- Court records are public
When further action is required
Once effective communication has failed between two parties that are in disagreement, all meaningful progress stops. It is at this point where one of the parties will start on the course of legal action. Many people automatically consider court action as the only viable route when it comes to resolving their dispute and perhaps gaining recompense. However, mediation can be the better path.
Who should use Mediation Services
Any business, business individuals or consumers that are involved in some kind of unresolved conflict can use these services. These can be from within family businesses. They can be between management, partners and directors. Also they can be between suppliers and consumers.
Conflict and division can kill your business more surely than the economy or your competition can.
On choosing a Mediator
Stewart Patterson is highly qualified and has assisted many people to achieve their aims through mediation. Stewart is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a mediator accredited to CEDR (the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution) and ADR Group (Alternative Dispute Resolution). He is also a Recorder (sitting as a part-time judge in civil cases). He not only acts as an Arbitrator, but he has also been a Mediator in a wide variety of disputes. These have included disagreements between professional partners, training contracts, supply of specialised products, disputed property, boundary disputes, as well as building contract cases. He brings to bear a life-time of experience of cases of all sorts, and has an understanding approach to the warring parties. He is a great believer in listening to what they have to say. His work as a writer and broadcaster equips him well to communicate with others, and to explain difficult concepts in easy terms. He adopts a flexible approach to suit the circumstances of the case.
When & How to take action
By taking action now the process is easy and fast. Very quickly you will gain confidence in the process as you feel the benefits of dealing with an experienced and skillful arbitrator and mediator. You can make your initial enquiry by phone or email and this is free to do. After that, all work is carried out on a prearranged fixed fee basis, so you will always know exactly where you stand You should make contact straight away if…
- You are stalled in discussions
- Communications have largely broken down
- You don’t want ‘legal action’
- You want the process to be kept private
- An issue is dragging on for months or years
- You believe that you have a legitimate grievance
- You want an issue resolved quickly
- You want to avoid escalating legal costs
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