"People do not have to go to court if there are better ways to solve their problems." - Lord Irvine, the Lord Chancellor.
Holiday nightmares, faulty building work, unsatisfactory goods, road accident compensation: the rising cost of litigation means that going to court has become a realistic possibility only for the very rich, companies, or the very poor. Various solutions have been proposed, including "no win, no fee".
In this booklet, the author describes and evaluates a legal mediation scheme which has been successfully established at the Central London County Court for defended cases involving more than #5000. The book considers what mediation can offer in the light of the experiences of people who tried the CLCC mediation scheme, explains the role a solicitor can play in mediation; provides practical guidance on how to arrange mediation; looks at future developments; and lists the main mediation organizations.