In a mediation procedure, a neutral intermediary, the mediator, helps the parties to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement of their dispute. Any settlement is recorded in an enforceable contract.

Experience shows that intellectual property litigation often ends in settlement. Mediation is an efficient and cost-effective way of achieving that result while preserving, and at times even enhancing, the relationship of the parties.

The principal characteristics of mediation are:

  • Mediation is a non-binding procedure controlled by the parties

A party to a mediation cannot be forced to accept an outcome that it does not like. Unlike an arbitrator or a judge, the mediator is not a decision-maker. The mediator’s role is, rather, to assist the parties in reaching a settlement of the dispute.

Indeed, even when the parties have agreed to submit a dispute to mediation, they are free to abandon the process at any time after the first meeting if they find that its continuation does not meet their interests.

However, parties usually participate actively in mediation once they begin.

If they decide to proceed with the mediation, the parties decide on how it should be conducted with the mediator.

  • Mediation is a confidential procedure

Our director, Pete Robbins is a qualified civil & commercial mediator and we can offer to mediate a range of matters such as disputed debts/invoices and other commercial disputes

If you have a mediation requirement or for a free no-obligation confidential conversation, please contact us