Mediation Service

If you're looking for an alternative to lawyers and the court, the School of Law and Politics' Mediation Service may be able to help you.

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.

What are the advantages of mediation?


While not all cases are suitable for mediation, almost all of those dealt with by mediation are completed within a single day. Appointments for mediation can usually be arranged within three weeks.


The costs payable to the Mediation Service will be fixed according to a scale based on various factors (see below) and must be paid in advance. This is normally split equally between the parties to the dispute. Having a legal representative to assist you at mediation is not usually necessary, though it is permitted.


Those using mediation maintain a large degree of control over the outcome. The mediator will not impose a settlement or make a decision. Instead, they use their professional skills to try to help parties reach an agreement that reflects their interests and priorities. The details of any settlement are wholly subject to agreement between the parties, and details of the discussions, process and agreement remain confidential.




What does it cost?

The cost of the service is generally determined by a fee scale based on the value of the matter in dispute; whether any or all of the parties are private or commercial; and on the assumption that the mediation will take no more than one working day. In exceptionally complex cases, or where the monetary value is unclear, the mediator decides what fee band will be charged. The total fee will be made clear by the mediator in advance, usually split equally between the parties. Should additional sessions be required beyond a single day, additional fees will become payable (but this would be very unusual).

Who will provide the service?

The Mediation Service is provided by a Professor of Law who is also a mediator accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), one of the UK’s leading providers of mediation training. The mediator will be wholly independent of both parties and will remain completely impartial, adhering to the CEDR Code of Practice throughout. Mediations will take place on the University’s Cottingham Road campus, conveniently situated two miles to the north of Hull city centre. As the service is provided within the Law School, in suitable cases and if all parties agree in advance, the mediation process will be observed by a law student as part of their programme of learning, though the student will play no active role in the process. All revenue received from the Mediation Service will be used to support the activities of the Law School’s Legal Advice Centre.

Contact us

Mediation Service, School of Law and Politics
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX