Civil Mediation

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The mediation process can be utilised to reach a swift, cost-effective resolution to a dispute without having to go to court. A skilled mediator can assist in reaching an amicable, confidential resolution far quicker than other means. The use of a barrister as an independent third party to assist the parties in negotiating a settlement can enable a binding agreement to be reached whilst also maintaining the relationship between the parties. Mediation can take place before court proceedings have begun or indeed afterwards.

Becket Chambers offers barristers who are able to mediate civil and commercial disputes of all types and sizes. The mediation can either take place at a location selected by the parties or alternatively we are able to provide the required facilities including private rooms.

Our mediators are able to deal with all types of civil or commercial matters, including contract disputes, wills and probate matters, property and housing disputes, neighbour and boundary issues, personal injury, professional negligence and business/company disputes, amongst others.

The mediation process is private and has a very high success rate. Moreover a settlement reached via agreement is more likely to be adhered to than one imposed by the court, moreover the resolution can be reached far sooner. If a resolution cannot be reached and court proceedings follow later, the issues are likely to have been narrowed and the confidential nature of mediation means the Judge cannot be informed of what was discussed in mediation. Mediation rarely takes longer than one day and often less than that, depending on the nature of the dispute.


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Civil Mediation Articles

Is it time to consider mediation?

Litigation comes with its share of  risks and uncertainties, which can cause clients to question the amount of time it will take for their issues to be resolved as well as the associated cost. The COVID 19 has forced many organisations and institutions to rapidly change over night – including courts who are now tackling Continue reading

Civil Mediation

Many parties express an initial reluctance to engage in mediation as they think that mediation won’t be able to solve particular types of “personal” disputes, for example, probate claims where a dispute has arisen within a family about a Will or boundary disputes where neighbours are arguing about whether a fence or hedge is in Continue reading

Fixed Fee and Virtual Mediations

Paul Tapsell, a CMC-accredited civil mediator, extols the virtues of the CMC Fixed Fee Mediation scheme and virtual mediations. The present pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in the time it takes matters, especially civil claims, to get to court for a final hearing and those delays are only going to get longer so Continue reading

Mediation – a way forward?

Why, you may be wondering, would a barrister with 28 years’ experience of civil litigation and the adversarial process want to talk about mediation? Surely the whole purpose of barristers, and indeed lawyers, is to let people have their day in court and to demolish the “other side”? The fact of the matter is that Continue reading

Civil Mediation Testimonials

Our clients were rather pessimistic about today and so to find an outcome is excellent news for them. Thanks again for all your help. Our clients said that you must be some sort of saint to manage these sort of situations.
Solicitors Instructing Paul Tapsell – April 2021