Mediation is an effective form of dispute resolution. The mediator – an independent third party – assists both sides in coming to an agreement. Successful mediation circumvents the involved parties from attending lengthy court proceedings.

Mediation is carried out without prejudice. This means that everything said is confidential and cannot be used as evidence of admissions against you.

The process of mediation is nonbinding until both parties come to a formal agreement. This is then formalised in a written document, and signed by both parties as proof of acceptance. It is at this point that the mediation process, and any agreements/settlements, become legally binding.


Mediation can be used to resolve many issues, these include;

    • Divroce mediation
    • Family dispute resolution
    • Workplace mediation
    • Business mediation

The mediation process

Over the course of a day, sometimes more or less, two parties will begin by reading a prepared statement outlining the concerns and issues needing resolving.

The mediator will then split the two parties and speak individually to further narrow the issues at hand and begin to guide the process into a settlement/resolution. These meetings are confidential, and the mediator is obliged by law not to repeat anything unless without explicit permission.

Once a settlement has been agreed upon, a document called the Heads of Terms is drafted to formalise the agreement. This is the document which is signed by both parties and binds them by law.

Advantages of mediation

There are several fantastic benefits to attempting to settle disagreements out of court, these include;

    • Save money. Avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings.
    • Save time. Mediation can be a much quicker process than court.
    • Be smart. Disputes are difficult. Whether the case involves a family dispute or divorce, or you have a disagreement with a business. Mediation can attempt to resolve things as amicably as possible. This is especially useful when children are concerned.
    • Avoid unwanted attention. High profile cases can attract unwanted media attention. Mediation navigates the process away from the open-courts and can give you, and the other party, the opportunity to not be distracted by negative press coverage.
    • Be in control. Mediation gives both parties the freedom to voice their concerns and hopes for the outcome much easier than in court.

Our Mediators

Our mediators at Bison are fully accredited & regulated by the Civil Mediators Council – the recognised authority for all matters concerning mediation.

As fully qualified legal professionals, our mediators successfully direct the complexities involved in personal & familial disputes, guiding each party to an amicable and successful solution.


At Bison Solicitors, our primary aim is to help you. We understand that embarking upon legal proceedings is not a nice process. However, our team want to make sure that we can make it as easy as possible.

Our mediators can confidently help you achieve the outcome you desire without the need for complex, lengthy court or legal hearings.