McLean Stone

Mediation is confidential, quick, inexpensive and importantly, YOU are in control. If you have a dispute to sort out or a disagreement to resolve, let McLean Stone help you get a resolution.

Conflicts and disputes happen. They're normal, inevitable to some extent, and can sometimes be hard to deal with. However, most of the time, we can sort things out by talking, listening, compromising and collaborating.

It's when we become stuck in a dispute, that things can become very stressful, costly (if it involves a legal dispute) and time consuming.

Mediation, or Alternative Dispute Resolution is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. It enables all parties to have a frank, open and facilitated discussion, in confidence and without prejudice, to find an outcome that works for all.

Success rates are high, and the process is quick. And if the parties really cannot find a solution then you can still go to court.

Benefits of Mediation

Costs

Mediation is much cheaper than court action.  The costs are known and fixed at the outset.

Time

Mediation is usually resolved in one day and at a time agreed by both sides to the dispute.  Court action can take months and is scheduled by the courts and lawyers.

Confidential

The existence of the mediation and its contents are confidential.  This preserves privacy, commercially sensitive information and full legal rights.

Control

Settlement is only reached when both parties agree to it, facilitated by the mediator.  Neither party can have an outcome imposed upon them.

Comparing Mediation and Litigation

Mediation means:

- More control for participants

- Time and cost efficient outcomes

- Forward view post mediation

- Offer mutual settlement

- Is a confidential process

- Neutrality is assured

Litigation means:

- Little or no control for participants

- Time and costs can escalate

- Can be a very slow process

- Directed settlements

- Risk of exposure to the public arena

- Biased opinions get in the way

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