Small claims mediation: biting the bullet — taking a commercial view - .PDF file.
Litigants should give serious consideration to the possibility of settling small claims using the free mediation service, which has a number of things going for it, not least reduced legal costs.
The advantages of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) are well documented, with the most obvious benefit being that — where successful settlements are reached — disputes are generally resolved more quickly and at less cost to the parties than if a result had only been achieved at trial.
The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) recognise the need for litigation only to be brought as a measure of last resort, and the courts have taken an active role in promoting ADR by implementing cost sanctions against parties that unreasonably refuse to participate…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Shoosmiths briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.