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Mediation comes into the spotlight

Mediation Awareness Week takes place 8-14 October, but what is it and what does it hope to achieve?

Mediation Awareness Week is a new charity focused on holding specific events to highlight mediation and bring it more into the public eye. The trustees of the charity are all mediators, and the patron is Sir Alan Ward QC, chairman of the Civil Mediation Council, former High Court judge and former Lord Justice of Appeal.
Mediation can be a valuable option in resolving disputes, but it is an option often overlooked. One of the government’s objectives is to promote mediation as part of their efforts to cut down on the time and costs involved in resolving dispute through the courts.
Often, when people are involved in a dispute, most will only consider negotiation as a form of alternative dispute resolution.
Sarah Naylor, associate solicitor at Atherton Godfrey, commented: “This is a really good initiative; it will help people to gain a better understanding about how mediation works, when to use it and what it’s features and value are.”
The benefits of mediation can include: 

Bringing a dispute to a conclusion in both a time and cost efficient way
Allowing people to get on with their lives or get back to business
The chance to tailor an outcome to meet the specific needs of everyone involved – mediation agreements are bespoke and provide outcomes outside the court’s reach 

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