Mediation has many advantages.
Normally undertaken in the space of days as opposed to weeks or months, it is a quick method of dispute resolution. Having regard to these time frames it is, as a result, also attractive in cost terms.
There is no doubt that cost and time considerations are definitive drivers in parties' minds when deciding upon dispute resolution methods.
Mediation is being increasingly used in many areas of commercial life. Even if during mediation not all matters are resolved, many can be disposed of thus reducing the extent and perhaps complexity of the remaining dispute.
Coupled with the cost and time benefits, the flexibility and relative informality of the process results in mediation having much to offer.
How is the Scottish Branch responding to the increasing use of mediation?
The Scottish Panel of Civil and Commercial Mediators is in place