"Alternative conflict resolution that really works"
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a trained neutral person, a "mediator," helps people in a dispute to communicate with one another, to understand each other, and if possible, to reach agreements that satisfy everyone's needs.
A mediator can help you to reach agreements, build relationships and find solutions that work.
In mediation, you speak for yourself and make your own decisions.
Mediators will not make decisions for you, provide any legal advice, or recommend the terms of an agreement.
Mediation can help protect your privacy since, unlike courtroom proceedings which are open to the public, mediation is a confidential process.
Why should I try it?
If your case is referred to mediation by the court, or if someone suggests that you try mediation to resolve a conflict, it may be because:
- Mediation may save you time and money.
- Mediation provides an opportunity for you to say what's important to you and hear the other person's perspectives
- Mediation may help you to figure out how to get your needs and the other person's needs met by reaching creative, customized solutions that work for everyone.
- You have decision-making power in mediation, and you know what your needs are better than any judge or jury.
- Many business disputes, family conflicts, neighbourhood disputes, and one-on-one issues can be effectively resolved in mediation.
- Mediation may help you preserve or improve a troubled business, family or neighbourhood relationship.
Everyone Seeks Solutions
Mediation is not about winning and losing, but rather, about having an opportunity to identify solutions that work for you:
You can't "lose" in mediation.
- Agreements made in mediation come from the participants, not the mediator.
- Participants in mediation may choose to sign a written agreement which is enforceable as a contract.
- If you do not reach an agreement or develop a solution that works for you, you can still have your case handled by the court or resolved in some other way.
- If you do not sign a written agreement in mediation, and you decide to take your dispute to court, neither the mediator nor the participants can testify in court about what happened during the mediation
What Do We Offer?
Please contact us to discuss you needs and how we might help you.
- Disability Mediation
- Workplace Mediation
- Family Mediation
- Neighbour/Community Mediation
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Lateral Arts is a provider of Disability Conciliation to the Disability Rights Commission in the UK
Disability Rights Commission
Lateral Arts is a provider of Disability Conciliation to the Disability Conciliation Service in the UK
Lateral Arts is a provider of Community Mediation to the London-based Merton & Sutton Mediation