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Cases Which Are Unsuitable For Mediation

As general guidance, there are some circumstances when mediation from the outset may not be suitable.

These are:

  • When a point on law needs deciding on by a court and a binding precedent would be useful.
  • Where injunctive relief is necessary to protect one party.
  • One or both parties are not willing to mediate/ negotiate
  • The dispute may be incapable of being negotiated.
  • There may be extreme conflict and an imbalance of power between the parties which the mediator cannot redress.
  • Where one or both parties feel coerced to attend.
  • Where mediation has already been fully attempted.

There may also be circumstances where mediation in practice proves to be unsuitable:

  • Where either partner demonstrates a lack of commitment.
  • Where either is quite unable to accept the situation or is unable to negotiate.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment with an expert mediation specialist, call 01623 706020 or email

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