What is Mediation?
A skilled mediator helps parties to discuss the issues underlying a dispute and helps them to reach a settlement - shaped by both parties - that reflects their interests and priorities. The mediator will generally use a series of joint and individual meetings to explore the origins and nature of the dispute, the parties' interests, and possible resolutions. The intention is that at the end of the process all parties will sign a binding and legally enforceable agreement drawn up by the mediator in accordance with their wishes. Mediation is usually concluded within day.
Although mediation in suitable cases usually does produce a resolution that satisfies all parties, there can be no guarantee of a settlement.
The mediator's role is not to impose a settlement, but to help the parties reach a practical and satisfactory agreement themselves. Mediation is most successful when all parties want to resolve their dispute and they understand the limitations of the mediator's role.
Mediation is now used to resolve disputes in a range of contexts. Please note, however, that the University's School of Law and Politics Mediation Service does not presently deal with family disputes involving children or domestic abuse.
For more information on mediation, on costs, and to make an appointment, please contact us.