ABOUT US

McLean Stone was setup by its founders and Lead Mediators, Saiyyidah Zaidi and Ian Stone, both of whom are fully qualified and accredited Civil and Commercial Mediators.

McLean Stone was setup to create a trusted and at the same time straightforward solution to solving disputes using mediation.

Mediation is becoming more commonplace as a form of alternative dispute resolution that means the parties can avoids going to court, leaving the settlement in their control. For more information on mediation, please see the FAQs below.

Saiyyidah Zaidi

Saiyyidah trained and worked as a Chartered Architect for many years and was a director in a local authority here in London before leaving to set up her own consultancy.

I have over 30 years of work experience in a variety of industries. I started off with the military seeing service in the UK, Germany and the Falkland Islands. After leaving the military I spent the next 15 years in the IT industry working in a number of management roles for KPMG and Sema Group in London and Hewlett Packard in Bracknell and Amsterdam. After that, I got my PGCE and moved into the education sector working in public schools before ending my career as Deputy Head at an independent primary school in London.

As a manager in large multi-national companies, I have had multiple opportunities to mediate between colleagues in dispute and as a teacher, I've often had to play a role in conflict resolution between students, and as a staff representative and senior manager, having to mediate between staff when disputes arose between them.

As such, I've experienced the power of mediation and indeed I now concentrate on working in mediation in which I have become a firm believer over the years.

I always try to adopt an approachable, facilitative style to mediation that encourages parties to work together towards finding their acceptable solution, while helping them to undertake a realistic appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases.

My experience has taught me the importance of settling disputes in a pragmatic manner. I always try to establish a rapport with individuals so I can guide them through the unfamiliar territory of dispute resolution with tact and sensitivity.

For mediation, as for most things in life, I believe that preparation is the key to success and, if you instruct me, I will help you to get the best out of the mediation process.

Frequently Asked Questions

At any time you wish, irrespective of whether or not proceedings have been issued at court or at what stage the dispute or court proceedings may have reached.

No, there is nothing to lose by offering to mediate even if you believe you have a strong case. Few lawyers would advise their clients that they are certain to win a court case. Mediation is a 'without prejudice' procedure. Put simply, anything said within a mediation cannot be used later in court should the matter not be resolved.

McLean Stone has full Public Liability Insurance, a copy can be seen upon request.

All our mediators are fully qualified and accredited with current Civil Mediation Council standards. 

Usually both sides of the dispute pay the mediation fee in equal proportions and it is paid in advance of the mediation. In the case of internal disputes for a business or school, then the company or school will normal pay the cost. 

The fee is paid for the mediator to facilitate the mediation regardless of the outcome. The majority of cases do settle however, there can be no guarantee of success.

The mediation can be ended at any point, by either party or the mediator. If you are considering to end the mediation, its often advised to have a short consultation with the mediator before the decision is made.

The first time the parties usually meet with the mediator will be on the day. However, most parties will send through information to the mediator ahead of the mediation, in order for the mediator to be familiar with the case.

No legal advice will be given by the mediator. If you feel that you may need legal advice you should make your own arrangements beforehand. The mediator is an independent third party and must remain impartial and neutral and whilst you may have candid discussions with the mediator, no advice will be given.

You may feel that your dispute is rather complex and that you would prefer legal advice throughout the mediation bearing in mind that the mediator cannot give any legal advice to the parties. You can certainly bring a legal representative with you to the mediation if necessary.

Mediation is not suitable for every case but it can still help to settle some of the issues in a dispute. All discussions during the mediation process are “without prejudice” – in other words, anything said in the mediation cannot be used later in court or another legal action.

Most judges will award the winning party the costs of litigation and if there has been a mediation it can be argued that the costs may be recoverable. Please note though, the cost rules are complicated and you should seek legal advice if you have any queries or concerns about this issue.

Courts encourage the use of mediation wherever appropriate and in certain cases can order some costs to be paid if a party has unreasonably refused to participate in mediation.

Once a date has been agreed, we will give you all the information you require in order to be prepared. It’s advisable that any information surrounding the case be sent to the mediator ahead of the mediation in order to familiarise himself/herself with your case. Both parties will be invited to do this.

Yes. Please inform the mediator and the other parties who will be attending with you. Anyone additional attending will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to be present.

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