The Basis of Mediation
Both parties choose to attend our offices in Southampton, Hampshire, using our private conference facility. Without this voluntary process Mediation is more likely to break down.
Discussions within Mediation remain confidential to the parties and the Mediator and cannot be used in court proceedings. This gives the parties confidence to make suggestions which otherwise could be held against them in court. It encourages the parties to negotiate freely.
Impartial and Neutral
The Mediator’s impartiality and neutrality must be maintained at all times. Both parties must feel confident in this and the Mediator ensures there is no potential conflict of interest.
Decision Making Rests with the Parties
It is not for the Mediator to suggest a solution. Any decision made within Mediation must be that of the parties. The Mediator’s role is one of assistance and support. The Mediator can outline alternatives but cannot suggest which alternative is most appropriate in the circumstances. It is for the parties to decide which best suit them. It is not for the Mediator to advise either professionally or practically or to give an opinion. The Mediator is there to help the parties reflect and perhaps have a reality check on their suggestions but not to direct them.