Mediation is a process for resolving disputes and working out agreements for the future. It is particularly suited where ongoing relationships are necessary and a fast and cost effective solution is required. It involves a facilitated discussion and negotiation (led by a skilled independent and impartial mediator) with the aim of reaching an agreed way forward. Importantly a solution will not be imposed on the parties involved and the process is entirely voluntary.
Mediation is confidential and held on a without prejudice basis meaning that discussions and proposals made during the mediation session can not be used as evidence if there were any later legal proceedings.