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A practical guide to mediation


Mediation is a confidential process whereby an independent and neutral third party is appointed to help the parties reach a negotiated settlement. The mediator does not act as a judge, and has no power to make binding decisions, but will explore options for settlement with the parties. The most obvious benefits are speed of resolution, confidentiality, potential cost savings in both legal and management time, the possibility of maintaining business relationships, and the wide range of potential outcomes.

This guide from Herbert Smith Freehills uses a question-and-answer format to provide a general introduction to mediation, including its principal advantages over litigation and arbitration. In addition, the guide uses a flowchart to summarise the various processes used before, during and after mediation.

To access the full guide, click 'View Briefing'.

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