Mediations are now quite common as a means of attempted settlement and the courts expect mediations to take place in most cases. The process is particularly useful as it is confidential and anything said at mediation cannot later be used in evidence at a court hearing. Mediation is useful when the parties are prepared to negotiate in good faith and work towards a mutual agreement. In our experience, most matters resolve at mediation, or in negotiations which continue in the days and weeks afterwards.
It is common practice for each party to pay an equal share of the mediator’s fees and the costs of room hire.
A standard form mediation agreement is available for download here.
For booking enquiries please email the lawyer or call our office on (02) 9291 7100.
Information about the Australian mediator standards is available from the Mediator Standards Board, which is also responsible for the implementation of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).