Using a barrister mediator as an independent third party to help you negotiate a settlement can enable a binding agreement to be reached whilst also maintaining the relationship between you and any other parties. Mediation can take place before court proceedings have begun, or indeed afterwards.
Mediation is confidential, and has a very high success rate. A settlement reached via mutual agreement is more likely to be adhered to by both parties than one imposed by the court, and the resolution can be reached much sooner.
If a resolution cannot be reached and court proceedings follow, the issues involved are likely to have been narrowed, and the confidential nature of mediation means the Judge cannot be informed of what was discussed in mediation. Mediation rarely takes longer than one day, and often less than that, depending on the nature of the dispute.