VC Associates provides trained and experienced mediators to help deliver a quick and effective solution for your dispute. We will consider mediating any form of dispute including civil and commercial disputes, construction and property disputes, workplace issues, boardroom battles, boundary disputes and family fights. Please contact us to discuss it further.
Many disputes end up in court causing both huge expense and time which most people can ill afford to give, especially if trying to work or run a business as well. Going to court can be very stressful and, however strong your case may be, there is no guarantee that you will win. Mediation can save going through that stress which can affect not only those involved but their families as well.
Mediation is an informal dispute settlement process that is run by a trained independent and impartial third party, the Mediator. The aim is to get the opposing parties to talk, either face-to-face, or by shuttle mediation if the parties are not comfortable meeting, and to help them to agree an amicable solution to their dispute. A mediation can often be completed in only a day. The process is voluntary, although sometimes it may be stipulated by the Court (when they ask the parties in a dispute to try mediation first).
Details of the dispute may be kept confidential - this can be very important where, say, a dispute could be bad for the reputation of an individual or a business. (In addition, what you talk about in mediation can't normally be used in court later unless both parties agree.) Through mediation, the final resolution can be more flexible and tailored to suit the specific case rather than being limited to the narrow application of the law. Unlike going to court, where the judge decides, with a mediation, the parties involved make the final decision themselves on how to resolve the dispute.
A mediation can be made legally binding by both parties signing a mediated agreement or contract. If both parties agree, this agreement can then be turned into a court order which can be enforced directly through the court (this is called a Tomlin Order).