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Why choose mediation? Mark Jackson-Stops explains how mediation can result in the best outcome for everyone

The Guest Essay

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This is the first of what we intend to be a regular offering of problem solving scenarios from our panel of mediators.

When I first started out as a full time mediator in 1995, my previous career as a Chartered Surveyor stood me in good stead to help people find ways of resolving property and construction disputes which would cost a fortune to take to court. The property sector is never short of a dispute and during my mediation career I have mediated everything from boundary disputes between neighbours (some of the hardest to settle!) to those involving multi-million pound developments and a multitude of parties. But it is the dispute which finds a resolution which would be outside anything a court might be able to deliver that can give the most satisfaction to both the mediator and the parties.

Take for example, the dispute between a wealthy individual (Mr A) building his dream home, a seven bedroom mansion. He entered into a design and build contract with a contractor/developer at a cost of just over £4 million. It was apparent that Mr A had not been the easiest of clients – the specification was amended many times and the final account came to over £6 million. This came as a shock to Mr A, who had totally under-estimated the impact his variations would have on the cost and the delivery of the project, with increased preliminaries and significant extensions of time being required.

The Guest Essay

About Mark Jackson-Stops

Mark Jackson-Stops

Described as “the best commercial dealmaker in the market” Mark Jackson-Stops has been a full-time mediator since the mid 1990s and founded In Place of Strife, the Mediation Chambers in 1995. He has since become recognised as “one of the great mediators in the country”, having conducted over 1,400 mediations. Two decades practising as a Chartered Surveyor from 1973 lent him an unsurpassable insight into certain specialist areas of expertise including property development, investment and management, as well as tenant negotiations and valuations. His mediation practice now covers commercial disputes of every kind. Mark is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, Member Emeritus of PIM Senior Mediators and Panel Member of the Court of Appeal’s civil mediation scheme. In Place of Strife’s panel of highly experienced and top rated mediators can be found at www.mediate.co.uk

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