Commercial & Workplace Dispute Resolution Services
Mediation is a well-established proces designed to resolve disputes. It is the most popular form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The mediation process is informal; a mediator, who is entirely independent and neutral, acts as a facilitator to help the parties achieve an amicable resolution that is legally binding.
Court proceedings entail substantial legal costs with no certainty of achieving a favourable outcome. When giving evidence in court, a party can often feel intimidated by the process. Unlike court proceedings, mediations are:
Mediation is not a substitute for court proceedings. The parties are not obliged to reach a settlement, so any party who is not willing to accept terms offered at a mediation has the right to pursue court proceedings.
Everything that is said at a mediation is “off-the-record”, that is, without prejudice, and cannot be referred to in any legal proceedings. The terms of settlement can, if the parties wish, remain confidential.
No-one gives evidence and no-one is cross-examined. The mediator does not decide the outcome - the mediator only helps the parties achieve a settlement. The parties remain in control throughout the process. A mediation saves time and therefore costly legal fees. The case studies on this website are examples of the sorts of disputes where mediation has resulted in a successful resolution.
A mediation takes place at the convenience of the parties (not of the court) and can be arranged at short notice.
Virtually all disputes are suitable for mediation
Personal injury claims
Company director & shareholder
Family disputes involving beneficiaries, executors, or trustees
Education: disputes involving schools & universities and employees & students
Defamation & privacy, libel, slander & whistleblowing
Mediation is recognised as a valuable tool which can address the potential difficulties posed by issues in the workplace including
Problems between individual employees and teams
Negotiation of terms of departure
For those English speakers living and working in the Netherlands who speak little Dutch and would prefer to deal with a mediator who is a native English speaker, I offer three types of mediation service:-
As a Mediator
As a co-Mediator
As a Mediation Advocate
I began using mediation on behalf of my clients when I practised as a solicitor.
I found it to be so effective that I decided to become a mediator.
I use my experience to help to put the parties at ease so that the maximum benefit is gained from the mediation process.
I am CEDR accredited and a Registered Mediator of the Civil Mediation Council.
"Mark Field is a mediator who I know has a strong belief in the effectiveness of mediation. That is established by his track record, which is that he has advocated and engaged in mediation for the last 15 years. I have personal experience of him representing a party in a particularly difficult mediation, and I was impressed by his approach and manner – his involvement was instrumental in achieving a sensible settlement. I would be more than happy for Mark to act as the mediator in any dispute in which I am instructed, and I would be happy to recommend him."
Bill Braithwaite Q.C., Exchange Chambers, Liverpool
Julien Luke, Partner, TLT Solicitors, Manchester