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Mediation for business and commercial disputes

- a safe, confidential and flexible forum in which you have control to settle a business, commercial or personal dispute

Business, commercial and civil mediation

From time to time you may find yourself involved in a dispute, which could be business related or about private legal rights and issues. Mediation offers a safe, flexible and confidential forum in which you can look to settle such a conflict whether it be a business, commercial, civil or employment dispute with the help of an independent facilitator.

Mediation has a number of significant benefits over the courts:

Avoid time, cost and stress

It can enable businesses or individuals involved in a dispute to avoid the time, cost and stress of litigation and taking or defending a claim through the courts.

Past and future

It focuses as much on the future as on the past. Courts make judgments and decisions on what has happened. Settlements agreed in mediations can take account of what has caused the dispute or disagreement but also reflect what the parties’ own interests are for the future.

For example, it may be that you have a dispute with a customer or supplier but would both like to continue to do business together. The adversarial nature of litigation may make such an outcome impossible. A negotiated settlement in mediation may be able to preserve the relationship on agreed terms.

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Control over settlement agreed

You have control over what settlement is agreed. You are not committed to a settlement unless and until it is formalised in a signed written agreement.

Mediation has been described like buying a new car. You may test drive a number before choosing which one is your preferred one. During mediation a number of settlement options may be offered and it is for you to choose which is best for you.

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Statistics confirm that mediations have strong prospects of success. Statistics in 2018 confirm that mediations have a success rate of 89%, 74% achieving settlement on the day of mediation and 15% shortly after mediation.

We have been involved in cases in which parties were convinced at the outset that a mediation would be unsuccessful then be pleasantly surprised when they were able to agree a settlement at a mediation.

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Specialist litigation lawyers

Are you:

  • involved in either a business, commercial, employment or personal dispute in which you think mediation might be appropriate or has been suggested, or 
  • would like to know whether mediation would be suitable for you, or 
  • would like to be represented by an experienced legal professional at mediation?

Paris Smith has a team of specialist litigation lawyers who have a wealth of experience in advising and representing companies, partners, business owners, private individuals in mediation of a range of disputes.

We have many years of experience in the settling of a range of business related disputes and personal legal battles or arguments through mediation.

Our expertise includes disputes involving:

  • complex shareholder director issues
  • negligence claims against solicitors, insurance brokers, builders, architects
  • insurance issues of coverage, indemnity and fraud
  • commercial contracts
  • employment contracts and breach of restrictive covenants to join a competitor
  • team moves
  • boundaries
  • construction and building projects related disputes
  • landlord and tenant litigation
  • inheritance claims and contested probates
  • representing client in a dispute over a ransom strip blocking a £12million property development
  • representation in a £1.2m landlord and tenant dilapidations claim
  • representation for client in a probate dispute in which the validity of a will was challenged based upon an allegation that the deceased person did not have sufficient mental capacity when the will was signed
  • professional negligence against solicitors
  • a dispute on valuation of development land subject to an option exercised by developers
  • a dispute arising out of an agreement for refurbishment of property to be used for student accommodation
  • partnership dispute
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Professional independent mediators

Paris Smith offers the services of a team of professional independent accredited mediators lead by our managing partner, Peter Taylor. Our mediators are experienced in helping those involved in a business, commercial, employment or personal dispute, find a settlement to their differences and a way forward.

We believe that parties to mediation are entitled to know how the process works. For many it will be their introduction to mediation. Our mediators are familiar in dealing with complex and emotive situations. Our approach is clear and consistent. It is a tried and tested formula which has proved successful. To find out more read our factsheet “Mediation – How it works”.

Our mediators will ask parties to commit to the terms of a standard form of mediation agreement before the mediation commences. This ensures that there is clear understanding as to the terms of the mediation and what is expected of each business or person involved.

We offer from our offices in Hampshire experienced mediators who have facilitated settlements in a broad range of disputes and claims including :

  • commercial and business disputes
  • employment/workplace disputes
  • claims against professionals including accountants, architects, financial advisers, insurance brokers and solicitors
  • disputes concerning building projects, residential or commercial
  • landlord and tenant issues
  • claims arising from accidents causing injuries or death
  • insurance related claims concerning coverage, indemnity or fraud
  • inheritance claims and trusts disputes

Our mediators are committed to delivering value for money. As such we are open about our fee structure and you can find out more by reading our “Schedule of Charges” factsheet.

If you are seeking an experienced professional independent mediator either for yourself, or a client/contact please either contact Sarah Smith, our mediation administrator or complete and return the attached enquiry form. We shall then be in touch within one working day.

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Our facilities

Paris Smith has professional and comfortable facilities at our landmark offices in Southampton to host mediations. The office has easy access to public transport links by rail, road or air. We have Wifi connection, can arrange for refreshments and have rooms available to enable each party to have some private space as well as a room where both parties and their representatives can meet.


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Frequently asked questions

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please email Sarah Smith.

Southampton Contact

Sarah Smith
Mediation Administrator

T: 023 8048 2276
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Meet the Team

Peter Taylor
Managing LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2276
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Jason Oliver
LLP Partner

T: 01962 679 806
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David Eminton
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2284
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Clive Thomson

T: 023 8048 2276
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