Manchester Mediation PilotContact Us: 0161 410 4108
Manchester Mediation Pilot
From 1 September 2017
Are you in dispute? Tired of fighting? There is another way. Mediation is recommended as a means of resolving disputes, quickly, cost effectively and confidentially.
To help those involved in litigation to try to settle their differences without the need to go to court, the Manchester Law Society, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, local registered Civil Mediation Council mediators and ProMediate (UK) CMC registered Mediation Service Provider, have come together to offer a new, low cost mediation scheme.
Mediation sessions will be held at the Civil Justice Centre, if available, or at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Elliot House 151 Deansgate or at local lawyers’ offices.
How it will work?
If you think mediation might help those involved in your case to reach a settlement you can ring this number to make the arrangements:
0161 410 4108
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be put in touch with a locally based mediator who will, if your case is suitable for mediation, arrange a convenient time and place to meet you and others involved in your case. You should agree with the others involved in your case that they also want to try mediation before you call.
The mediator is an independent person who is trained to help you and those involved in the dispute to find common ground, reach solutions and save legal costs.
The scheme will be available to parties involved in disputes where the total value is more than £10,000 or the case has been allocated to the Fast Track or the Multi Track. It will also be available for those cases where one party seeks something other than money, for example an injunction.
Manchester Mediation Pilot Mediation Costs
The cost of engaging the mediator will depend on the value of the case:
|Case level||Duration||Fees per party||Fee per party inc VAT|
|£10,000-£15,000||2.5 hours||£190||£228 *|
|£200,000 – £500,000||2.5 hours||£780||£936|
* Parties may request telephone mediation for cases valued at up to £15,000 in which case the fees will be reduced to £150 per party plus VAT.
** Parties may also request mediation for cases under £10,000 but these are normally dealt with by the Small Claims Court mediation service. Sometimes, it is not possible to arrange an appointment with the Small Claims Court mediation service or the point at which it is offered has passed.
*** The time limit can be increased by agreement of the parties and the mediator.
The contractual arrangement is between the parties and the mediator and HMCTS is not a contracting party and has no liability for the actions of the mediator. Settlement of cases is not guaranteed. HMCTS will collect data regarding the performance of the Pilot for purposes of assessing its performance and the parties will be asked to complete a confidential feedback form which will not be kept on the Court file or showed to the Judge who ultimately deals with the case.
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