What is mediation?

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution which uses a neutral third party (the mediator) to try and reach a settlement, or an agreeable solution between the parties in a dispute. Mediators take on cases before and after court proceedings have been issued. Mediation has the status of a ‘without prejudice’ discussion, so does not effect or delay ongoing legal proceedings. On request of the parties courts will routinely grant a four week stay of a case to enable mediation to take place.