What is Mediation?

  • Mediation is a voluntary process by which a neutral and impartial third party helps people in a dispute to explore and understand any differences that they have. This then helps them to come to a mutual agreement in settling those differences.
  • It is the parties involved, not the mediator, who decides the terms of the agreement.

Why Joint Decisions?

  • Joint Decisions offer interpersonal mediation for workplace disputes or neighbourhood / family disputes where parties are in agreement with trying to resolve their differences and maintain their relationship.
  • Joint Decisions is committed to provide an opportunity suited to your requirements in which you are able to invest in your future and the relationships which are important to you by talking openly and honestly in an attempt to reach agreement.
  • Joint Decisions wants to be the neutral, impartial third party to help you.
  • Joint Decisions does not provide 'Family Mediation' which is specifically for couples who are splitting up or getting a divorce.

Benefits of Mediation

  • Mediation is a collaborative rather than adversarial approach, looking for the win-win outcome through parties recognising each other's interests.
  • Mediation is a cheaper and quicker route to solving differences than going through the Courts.
  • With mediation, you determine the outcome; it is not dictated by some external person who isn't involved in the situation.
  • Through mediation, it is more likely that the relationships (personal or professional) involved in the dispute will be preserved.
  • The process is confidential.
  • As a consequence of all the above, there is a much better chance of a positive, successful outcome.

The Process

  • The mediator meets with the first party. The duration of this meeting is around 1.5 hours.
  • The mediator meets with the second party. The duration of this meeting is around 1.5 hours.
  • The mediator meets with the parties together. This meeting can take around 4 hours or more.

The Cost

  • Either: Two-party mediation - £850. This includes:
    • Preparation
    • 2 individual meetings each of 1.5 hours duration plus 1 hour travel
    • 1 joint meeting of 4 hours duration plus 1 hour travel
    • Arrangement of suitable venue
  • Or: £70 per hour + travel @ £0.45 per mile + hire of suitable venue

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