What is mediation?
Mediation is an informal and private process where disputes are resolved by an independent and impartial mediator assisting parties to reach an agreement.
The process of mediation is a faster, flexible and less expensive alternative to litigation. The parties involved in a dispute must consent to mediation and the mediator to be used may be agreed by the parties or nominated by an independent body.
Who can become a mediator?
Anyone can become a mediator. While many mediators work in the legal profession, many do not and come from various professional and technical backgrounds; mediation is a secondary profession. The mediator has a facilitator role to develop effective negotiations and communications between parties and work towards a resolution agreeable by both parties.
Parties will often seek someone who has the core skills required for a mediator and knows the area of business that the dispute has arisen in thereby understanding its complexities.
How can I become a mediator?
The first step to becoming a mediator is to undertake training courses.
CIArb has a Pathways Programme in Mediation which covers the basic principles of mediation, skills based training, law of obligations and mediation theory.