Mediation/ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution

With changes to litigation funding and cuts to legal aid, mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) are of increasing importance to individuals who find themselves embroiled in a dispute.

Members of chambers regularly assist individuals and organisations in settling their differences without going to court, be that through mediation, negotiation or arbitration. Please click here for a list of our mediators and arbitrators.

In suitable cases, mediation can lead to swift and satisfactory conflict resolution. Resolving a matter through mediation can reduce legal costs dramatically, and saves the parties from the pressures and stresses of court proceedings. Settlements reached through mediation can lead to legally binding agreements, providing the same certainty and protection of legal proceedings.

Our civil mediators deal with a wide variety of problems, ranging from arguments between neighbours over noise, boundary and building disputes to unpaid bills and workplace issues. The courts increasingly expect parties to attempt ADR before going to court. Our civil mediators help parties settle their differences quickly and cost effectively.

Mediation is increasingly used in family cases. Indeed, many applications to the courts in family disputes require the parties to attend mediation prior to attending court. Mediation lends itself to the nature of issues arising in family law. Our family mediators assist parties in a wide range of family disputes, including matters involving children (such as residence, contact and relocation), divorce and financial settlements following relationship breakdown.

Mediations undertaken by members of chambers will take place at a carefully selected venue to meet the parties' specific needs.

 

Mediation Advocates

A party taking part in mediation will often be helped by the presence of a mediation advocate. Being a mediation advocate is not the same as being an advocate in court: mediation advocacy is collaborative rather then adversarial. A mediation advocate assists and provides advice and support to a party participating in a mediation. Members of chambers are experienced mediation advocates and guide clients through the mediation process and facilitate successful outcomes.

 

Please contact our clerks to discuss your needs.

Practising Members

All our barristers have formidable legal skills – which they complement with being approachable and friendly. Our team’s legal strengths, diverse backgrounds and healthy gender balance combine to offer services appreciated by our many different clients.

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