When a commercial dispute arises, resolving the issue in a way that avoids court proceedings is often the best course of action.
Increasingly, those involved in commercial disagreements are turning to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, as a more cost and time-effective way of resolving disputes.
Mediation encourages the parties to the dispute to seek an outcome for themselves, assisted by a trained mediator. As well offering savings in time and money when compared with litigation, a mediated solution allows a wider range of outcomes to be considered and is also likely be more effective in maintaining business relationships.
Businesses may also find mediation is useful in other areas, for example in resolving workplace disputes.
We have long recognised the benefits to our clients of exploring mediation and other approaches to ADR in resolving commercial and other disputes.
Lisa Whitelam is accredited by one of the leading providers of mediation services in the UK.