What Mediation Can Do For You

May 14, 2013 2:40 pm Published by

What Mediation Can Do For You

As you know, the world of litigation is changing. We now have to consider:

  • the amendment of CPR 1.1 to emphasise that cases must be dealt with justly and at proportionate cost;
  • a steady increase in the small claims limit for which costs are not recoverable;
  • the introduction of the requirement to file a costs budget at the start of the case which will limit costs which can be claimed
  • Damages Based Agreements – the need to deal with claims efficiently with a view to early settlement
  • The Directive on mediations in civil and commercial matters
  • The Proposed Directive on alternate dispute resolution for consumer disputes

each of which means that settlement at an early stage is increasingly important.

Mediation, using the services of an experienced and neutral 3rd party, can be a quick and cost effective way of achieving settlement before or after the issue of proceedings. Once the scope of the dispute is clear, a mediation day provides focus for achieving a settlement both parties can live with – and to get there sooner rather than later.

Dilys Lloyd (a former partner at Eversheds in Cambridge) has been an accredited mediator since 2007 and gave up full time lawyering in 2009 to enable her to work as an independent mediator. Dilys now mediates regularly and helps parties resolve disputes both pre-litigation and at various stages during proceedings. She was named Independent Mediator of the Year by the Professional Mediators Association in September 2012 and has been described as “patient, constructive and tenacious with good listening skills” having “a confident style which builds rapport quickly” being able to “motivate the parties to remain positive and believe resolution is a possible and increasingly likely outcome

We have a consultancy arrangement with Dilys which enables us to offer a mediation service locally and at competitive rates. If you do not have easy access to a venue which provides the 3 rooms normally needed for a mediation day, we can make the necessary arrangements at a neutral location.

Availability: Dilys manages her own diary and can therefore be flexible in making herself available at a time and place which best suits the parties.

Cost: We want to make the mediation process as straightforward and accessible as possible and therefore our normal fee structure is set irrespective of the value of the claim. Assuming no more than one lever arch file of papers to be read in preparation, and a venue within East Anglia, our charges, including preparation and travel time are:

Half a day – time limited to 4 hours – £500 per party + vat

Full day – no cut off time at the end of the day – £1,000.00 per party + vat

Possible extra costs – venue / refreshments / exceptional mileage / exceptional preparation. We will let you know in advance if any such additional costs are likely.

Contact details: If you are interested in using Blocks Mediation Service please contact Jodie Cobb, the litigation department’s co-ordinator on 01473 343903 or email at jmc@blockslegal.co.uk. She will arrange for Dilys to call you for an initial non chargeable discussion of your case, and how a mediation might best be arranged.

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