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Mediation is increasingly becoming a more common way of settling civil and commercial disputes without having to resort to litigation.
The advantages to participants include resolving the issue in a cost-effective and efficient way. The costs are agreed in advance and typically the mediation lasts for a single day.
Other main benefits to participants include keeping closer control of the process, focusing on the issues which are important to them, restarting stalled negotiations and, as the formal and confrontational environment of litigation has been avoided, helping to build a better relationship with the opposing party after the mediation process has been completed. This is particularly important in employment-based disputes where the parties work in close proximity.
Tim Brown is a practicing barrister at Temple Tax Chambers and is listed as recommended counsel in the Legal 500. He is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator in civil and commercial disputes and is included in the Bar Council’s directory of accredited mediators.
Tim was an Officer in HM Revenue and Customs for 12 years, during which time he was a member of the largest civil service trade union and for the past 14 years has advised and represented companies and members of the public in tax disputes.