Stage 1

 

 

 

 

Have you tried all options to find a solution yourself?

 

 

 

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Stage 2

 

 

 

 

Have you considered the costs of the various options and want to find the best solution?

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Stage 2

 

 

 

 

Ideally you should try to find a local solution. Have you tried to talk to the various parties ourselves, Have you checked the legal position with a solicitor, professional body, citizens advice bureau, ACAS etc. If none of these have worked then consider talking to mediate first for free advice on what you could try next.

 

 

 

 

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Stage 3

 

 

 

 

Are you and the other party willing to jointly find a solution to the situation?

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Stage 3

 

 

 

 

It is often worth drawing up a list of the costs of the current dispute, not just in direct money terms but in lost production and in your reputation. Set against these the costs the of the various options of resolving the problem: doing nothing, going to a solicitor, going to court, using a mediate first. You'd be surprised how mediate first's one off charge are invariably significantly less than all of the alternatives

 

 

 

 

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Stage 5

 

 

 

 

Your situation appears ideal for mediation, contact mediate first to discuss how we can help you find a solution.

 

 

 

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Stage 5

 

 

 

 

It is generally accepted that legal precedents can not be achieved through mediation . This in one of the few situations when arbitration, mediation or negotiation are not suitable and a full court hearing is required. You need to talk to your legal advisor about the best way to achieve this.

 

 

 

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Does the situation need a legal precedent setting?

 

 

 

 

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It is often difficult to approach the other party to suggest mediation. You are worried that it would be seen as a sign of weakness and you are not really sure yourself that it is the best option. As part of the free consultation service Mediate first are able to contact the other party on your behalf and see if they are willing to participate.

 

 

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