Stephen Homer, partner in the Construction & Infrastructure Team at Ashfords LLP, was part of a team of lawyers responsible for creating a practical guide to mediation. Production of the guide was supported by Constructing Excellence South West and involved input from expert lawyers across the South West.
Mediation is a consensual method of resolving disputes by which an independent mediator assists the parties to settle the dispute.
The Guide quotes from recent statistics produced by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution which show that 67% of mediations settle on the day of the mediation and a further 18% settle shortly thereafter.
Written from a practical perspective, the Guide explains how mediation works and gives a step by step guide to the process, as well as providing model clauses and sample letters and documents.
The Guide recently won the prestigious Innovation Award at the 2018 South West Built Environment Awards. Stephen commented "I am very pleased to have been involved in this initiative. Ashfords have been using mediation to resolve clients' disputes for a number of years and any initiative to promote mediation is very welcome."