Where it is the appropriate ADR mechanism, [mediation] must become such a well established part of [our litigation culture] that when considering the proper management of litigation it forms as intrinsic and as instinctive a part of our lexicon and of our thought processes.
We believe that the normal court process can be destructive and unnecessarily expensive. At AMC we strongly believe that mediation offers a way to cut through the traditional ties that bind participants in the legal process to follow a path of aggression that results in frustration, disappointment and (often) huge expense for one party.
We at AMC offer an alternative. Whether your conflict has reached the legal stage, or whether you want to get problems at work or any situation sorted out without redress to the law, we at AMC promise this:
- The right to be heard: Our mediators will ensure that each participant goes away feeling that they have been given an opportunity to have their say. To be heard is of immense importance: you would be surprised at how many times, at the end of a court case, you hear a person say, “I never got a chance to put my side of the case in the way I wanted.”
- Safety: Participants in the mediation process will only be able to say what they want, and get things off their chest, in a safe environment. One person may feel the odds are loaded against them and may even feel fearful of the other person. Our mediators are there to ensure that safety is paramount: each participant is on a level footing and can, thus, explain their grievances without being rushed or bullied in an empathetic environment.
- Towards Agreement: To participate in mediation requires a level of maturity in understanding that agreement beats conflict. The mediation process can involve give and take. That can be a very difficult thing to accept when participants feel angry, hurt, affronted. Our mediators will help each participant to understand that mutual understanding means more than mere compromise: it means a way forward out of conflict and towards an accord.
At AMC we offer a pro bono mediation service where we will assist with disputes within communities and charities, including the Citizens Advice Bureau, where funds can be limited. We are proud to be involved with building relations and working within local communities. If you have a mediation case you think we can help with then please contact us for further information about this service.