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Mediation encouraged for property disputes
Property owners are being encouraged to resolve more disputes out of court as part of National Mediation Week.
Running from October 9th to 13th, the event will be promoting mediation as the most cost-effective way to resolve disputes, rather than taking matters to the courts.
In addition to a less hostile environment in which parties can discuss their issues, mediation also allows for more flexible outcomes than are available to a judge, as well as being a more rapid process.
Launching the scheme earlier this week, Cathy Ashton, civil justice minister, explained that mediation could clear up a number of disputes involving unscrupulous landlords, commercial disputes and individual small claims among others.
She added: "Mediation provides an alternative that allows parties to discuss the issues in a less formal environment, to 'patch-up' differences and most importantly to agree a settlement, rather than to impose one."
05 Oct 2006