Mediation is an alternative method of conflict resolution, outside the courts.

Why you should opt for mediation

When a conflict threatens to escalate, submitting it to the courts appears to be the most obvious solution. A procedure will then be initiated, which often takes a long time and is potentially quite expensive. Moreover, the results of such procedures are not always certain. That is why mediation is acknowledged as a valid alternative to successfully resolve a conflict. The parties participate voluntarily and, together with a recognised mediator, try to find a consensual solution for their problem.

Advantages of mediation

Mediation is quicker than court proceedings, also making it considerably cheaper. The parties are only charged once, i.e. to jointly pay the mediator. Mediation is also considerably more reliable because the parties proactively try to find a solution, i.e. arrive at a win-win situation.

How does mediation work

Following initial introductions between the parties and the mediator, during which the latter explains the mediation content and process, all parties sign a mediation protocol. Each party is then given sufficient time to explain their vision and point of view concerning the conflict. Together with the parties, the mediator will then try to find a mutually acceptable solution. The likelihood of a reliable agreement is higher if both parties can agree to the proposed solution. The mediator will put the agreement in writing and it will then be validated by the courts.

Recognised mediator

The task of mediator is a legally recognised profession, which means that a recognised mediator will always have attended obligatory training imposed by the government in order to safeguard quality standards. Similar to lawyers, recognised mediators are bound by a deontological code, which compels them to operate with impartiality and in the strictest confidence. Mediators will ensure that an escalating problem is brought under control and a sense of trust and future opportunity is introduced. The mediator’s task involves bringing the viewpoints of both parties together without ever choosing sides. Their role is consequently vastly different from that of a judge, who has to make a decision on the basis of purely legal qualifications. The mediator develops an approach that will deliver the most durable solution for both parties.


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