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Mediation is now the primary choice for many people when fixing their differences and dispute issues. The main advantages of mediation is that its confidential , mediators are impartial , you control the decision making and its voluntary.
It seems that legal disputes are never far from the news.
Whether it is a celebrity couple that is divorcing, an employee who is taking legal action against their employer, or two neighbours in a battle over the ownership of a piece of land, our papers are filled with the latest details of court cases. In many cases, people will turn to a solicitor to solve their problems when all else has failed.
They may even have tried to talk to the other party about the dispute first, only to find that this approach has not succeeded.
Secondly, legal battles can take a long time. This means that a solicitor, if they are doing their job correctly, will examine the whole body of law relating to your case.
This, and the time taken to attend court, can be very stressful and that’s why Countrywide mediation is promoted by the courts and Solicitors as the first choice.
Mediation really helped us to sort out our child arrangements, coming to an agreement amicably and quickly
i Saved so much money compared to going to court, would reccomend to go down the mediation route first.
The process was VERYsimple AND EVERYTHING WAS SORTED FOR US QUICKL.
Unfortunately, every family will have its disagreements from time to time.
Whether this concerns issues related to divorce or separation, care of children or an elderly relative, or problems around the use of land or property, a Countrywide mediator can help you to find the solution that is right for you and your family.
Our mediators are experienced and accredited in dealing with family members of all ages.
They can explain the mediation process in simple terms which will help your family to feel comfortable with the meeting.
Businesses may now decide to employ the services of a workplace mediation service to find out whether or not a dispute that has developed in their business could go into mediation and if the end result is satisfactory.
There are certain problems in the workplace, for example harassment or discrimination, which are so serious that the government advises that they are formally investigated.
Disputes can occur between an employer and employee over issues such as working arrangements, relocation and contractual disagreements.
There may also be disputes between employees through ‘personality clashes’, or disagreements over how work should be approached.
Legal battles, involving trade unions and employers associations, can be prolonged and become ugly. However, mediation can help to resolve such problems quickly and effectively.
There are two types of mediation – basic and advanced. Both can be beneficial, especially when used together with a client’s company’s need for faster resolution.
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However, each type requires different kinds of training and skills.
Basic mediation is an informal meeting between the parties before conducting the formal business of mediation.
Businesses can use basic mediation to resolve problems which they could not easily resolve themselves. The primary objective of basic mediation is to avoid disagreements on more important matters.
When used with advantage, basic mediation can help companies and other organizations to get things under control while saving their costs. When used with a disadvantage, basic mediation can help businesses and organizations to save time and money but may not solve problems at the root of the issues that may have made them difficult to resolve.
If used with advantage, a business benefit is an agreement that includes a specific provision for a specified amount to be paid to a third party. This type of agreement will often be offered by the mediator at the beginning of the mediation.
Advantage-based agreements are similar to those negotiated by lawyers. They provide an agreement for a specific number of hours per week, per business partner, or per client and usually include benefits like travel and a fee for the mediator, which the client does not pay until the mediation is complete. In addition, an advantage has the ability to be negotiable, allowing for small adjustments in the service offered.
Disadvantage-based agreements have fewer advantages and generally don’t offer as many benefits as disadvantage-based agreements. A disadvantage-based agreement will generally have a broader set of benefits available and require that the parties pay one-time fees, which usually go to the Countrywide mediator.
Both agreements have to be finalized with the help of legal counsel and professional advice. It is vital that both agreements are thoroughly reviewed before the parties sign. Check out our fees, and why we are the first choice.
Once both agreements are signed, the mediator can proceed with the formal business of the mediation process.
Although there are similarities between the two types of agreements, the advantage-based agreements often require the help of a corporate attorney or a firm which specializes in mediation agreements.
A disadvantage-based agreement can be handled by anyone who is experienced in the field of business mediation.
There are also a number of differences between basic and disadvantage-based agreements. The most important one is that they differ in terms of benefits and costs, but both agreements will benefit the parties and the business.
Basic agreements are one-way deals, where the parties only receive what the mediator and the business agree to pay. Although this type of agreement may be a good way to eliminate problems between clients and business partners, it is best to deal with disadvantage-based agreements. An advantage-based agreement will end up providing all of the business partners and clients with a range of benefits, including access to additional time to finish the work required, as well as access to professional service and support.
Disadvantage-based agreements may also have costs associated with them, but typically involve a set fee, which the mediator will pay to the parties prior to the mediation. This may allow for a quick and effective solution, particularly when used with advantage.
The term “workplace mediation” is often used interchangeably with the term “dispute resolution” and vice versa. This is quite natural because both concepts are closely related, but there are some differences between the two that should be discussed.
A dispute is defined as an altercation or disagreement over a certain issue, such as wages, contracts, etc. Sometimes an issue will involve several parties and more than one person may be involved. These kinds of disputes can occur at work itself, within the home, on a social networking site, etc.
When it comes to dispute resolution, fast action and resolution is the key. While it can be expensive and take up a lot of time, it will help save time and money in the long run.
Dispute resolutions, on the other hand, takes place on a two-way relationship between the parties. When a dispute is resolved in favour of one party, it is called a “win.” When a dispute is resolved in favour of the other party, it is termed a “loss.”
This is why business companies employ the services of mediators. They are both qualified and experienced in resolving disputes between the parties.
Employers and employees in the UK have both turned to Countrywide workplace mediation. It has its own unique set of considerations. Each party must first agree to the process. They also must be willing to accept the mediator’s advice and recommendations.
Employers are not always comfortable with employees getting involved in the dispute. They think this can cause problems when it comes to taking care of their business. It might lead to other employees trying to join in the dispute to gain employment. The conflict can quickly escalate.
On the other hand, employers are very conscious of their employee’s productivity. Many of them prefer to get it over with rather than waste resources and time trying to resolve the dispute in court.
Before going through workplace mediation, it is important for both parties to communicate with each other. That way they can agree on a common ground for the mediation. There should be a written agreement, if possible. Most times, the parties are only able to agree to the basic issues and nothing more.
Often mediation takes several weeks. During that time, both parties are given their own time to work out their differences. That way, they can reach a mutually acceptable solution.
This is a good alternative for both parties, because in many cases, it may cost a lot of money to go to court and get a settlement. Many employers actually prefer this option because it saves them money in the long run. As the business grows, it can easily become a problem in the long run.
Contractual issues, disputes over intellectual property and issues over boundaries and rights of way can lead to your profits and valuable time being compromised through legal disputes.
Such cases can also produce bad publicity in the press, and through your professional networks.
Rather than fight such cases out in a public forum, a Countrywide mediator can help you to discuss and resolve these problems, arriving at a solution that each party is happy with.