The days of disproportionate legal fees, restrictive, protracted formal legal proceedings, and contentious correspondence, are numbered. Individuals and their lawyers are instead choosing more pragmatic dispute resolution: Mediation is a more cost effective and efficient process which provides considerable latitude to participants to explore infinite solutions, and create a bespoke resolution quickly, in order that they can move forwards.
Mediation removes the ‘win’ or ‘lose’ culture of traditional legal proceedings and is without statutory or financial limitation, so that as the process evolves, solutions can be created on terms that a judge or tribunal would not be able to award. Each settlement arising from a successful mediation is unique, and the undertakings contained therein may allow the repair of civil relations, if desired, which is rarely possible with litigation.
Mediation will facilitate constructive dialogue before matters become too entrenched or frustrated, issues misunderstood or facts embellished, and it will allow parties to understand the nature of the others’ allegations or grievances in a calmer, private and confidential environment, and to more thoroughly explore sensible, enduring solutions.
Mediation also allows participants to conclude a dispute quickly, avoiding the significant delays in the court and tribunal systems due to the backlog caused by COVID (currently said to be upward of two years in many courts), and reduce the inevitable stress and anxiety of those formal legal proceedings.
If you are unsure whether mediation could assist your dispute, or would like further information, please contact us for an informal discussion.
Some of the benefits of Mediation
- Fast – often being concluded within weeks as opposed to years.
- Cost effective – see our highly competitive pricing structure! You will only be charged one fixed fee including all preparation and preliminary meetings.
- Flexible – the Latitude of options available to the participants to include in the agreement is without limit.
- Private/ Confidential – Participants (and their mediator) sign a confidentiality provision which means it cannot be discussed with others, even after it has been concluded. Keeping your disputes away from the court record, newspapers, work or social media. Mediation is confidential
- Less confrontational – The mediator will ensure participants respect one another. This often allows participants to maintain relations upon conclusion of the mediation if desirable.
- Mental Health– Being embroiled in a dispute can be very stressful. Mediation with Latitude will not be.
- Expert Assistance– Latitude Mediation will always ensure that the most appropriate mediator is used to support you. All of our associated mediators are fully accredited and insured and have significant mediation experience.
- Equality & Diversity– We want to attract a diverse client base and we therefore reflect that inside our organisation. Our mediators are all equality, diversity & inclusion ambassadors and happy to support those that require further guidance.
- Dynamic process – Each mediation is unique. Whether online, in-person or blended, the mediation process will evolve throughout the process on the basis of participants desires and the mediators expert advice.
- Confidence – With Latitude you can ensure the highest levels of expertise and professionalism, ensuring that all participants will be treated fairly and supported throughout the process.
The role of a mediator
A mediator’s role is to facilitate a settlement of the issues in dispute, and in order to achieve this everything discussed within private sessions remains confidential unless specifically waived. Unlike a judge in court proceedings, a mediator’s role is not to pass judgment on the merits of the issues in dispute, but to enable open and frank discussion. A mediator will challenge issues in order to assist parties towards reaching an agreement and, if parties are at the same time legally represented, engage with those representatives and challenge the legal arguments being advanced, if helpful. Whether legally represented or not, a mediator will ensure both parties are able to state their case, address underlying concerns and ambitions, and work through the issues that are important to them; issues they may not have had the opportunity to explore or address in formal legal proceedings.
Founder of Latitude Mediation
Serena trained and practised as a commercial litigation solicitor in London and the Southwest with Ince & Co, Bond Pearce LLP and Davies Johnson & Co, with emphasis on international shipping, superyacht design and build, as well as mainstream civil and commercial litigation. Having qualified as a mediator in 2008 with Clerksroom, London, Serena specialises in general commercial and marine claims. She has also developed a specialty in Workplace & Employment Mediation (The Society of Mediators, London) in part reflecting the increase in disputes relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) issues; a subject that she is passionate about.
As a Commander in the Royal Navy Reserve Serena has undertaken and been appointed to a number of tactical and strategic roles and is currently Commanding Officer (CO) of HMS Vivid. Previous roles have included Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) advisor, trainer and case-handler, ensuring compliance with ED&I policy, training, implementation, and resolution of adverse incidents arising.
Mindful of the impact disputes can have on the effective and efficient running of a business, finances and the personal lives of those embroiled in the dispute, Serena established Latitude Mediation to capitalise on her expertise in the mediation sphere and to bring together a wealth of mediation talent from around the UK in this unique collaberation.
We collaberate with a number of mediators throughout the UK spanning from Durham, Norfolk, London, Brighton, Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Wales, and have working relationships with many more! Latitude Mediation also works alongside a number of other related (legal) businesses, in order to ensure each and every potential case is supported in the most efficient and cost effective way.
All our associated mediators are fully accredited members of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) or College of Mediators. Serena is a Panel Mediator for the CMC, committee and Panel Mediator of the Association of South West Mediators (ASWM), founder and Panel Mediator of nexamediate and certified member of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Serena is also associated with and supports a number of charity organisations, and a member of the Association of Women Solicitors (London). Latitude Mediation and all our associated mediators are fully compliant with the European Code of Practice for Mediators.
Wherever you are located and whatever form of mediation you may need, get in touch to see how we can support you.