Benefits of Mediation

The aim of mediation is to assist the parties to reach an agreement.

Mediation has many advantages over court hearings:

  • Costs - mediation is usually less expensive than going to court.
  • Speed - mediations can be arranged within days, in contrast to litigation. 
  • Mutually Satisfactory Outcomes - parties are generally more satisfied with solutions that have been mutually agreed upon, as opposed to solutions that are imposed upon them.
  • Confidentiality - the mediation is confidential and unlike the court process, there is no public record.
  • High Rate of Compliance - parties who have reached their own agreement in mediation are also more likely to follow through and comply with its terms.
  • Comprehensive and Customised Agreements - mediated settlements are able to address both legal and extra-legal issues.  Mediated agreements often cover procedural and psychological issues that are not necessarily susceptible to legal determination. 
  • Preservation of a Continuing Relationship - a mediated settlement can often preserve a working relationship in ways that are not possible in the win/lose scenario of court litigation.
  • Control - mediation is an entirely voluntary process.  The parties are in control of the outcome.