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Commercial Mediation

Company MediationIncreasingly we see a proportion of clients requesting mediation as a means of settling disputes. Consequently we have set up a specialist mediation department. Clients may seek mediation in an attempt to avoid a costly litigation battle, curtail seemingly endless time dealing with litigation or in the hope of avoiding irreparable damage to a business relationship. All are compelling arguments for its use.

There will be cases where the costs of conducting litigation significantly outweigh what is in dispute or where the parties are not in a financial position to pursue their dispute through the courts.

JPC are now able to offer CEDR qualified mediators with a specialism in commercial property law. As with all areas of our business we seek to offer experts in their field ensuring high standards.

We mediate the following:

  • Dilapidations
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Adverse Possession
  • Easements
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Lease Interpretation
  • Boundary disputes

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process whereby 2 parties in dispute invite an impartial individual (the mediator) to facilitate negotiations between themselves with a view to achieving a resolution. Decision making is owned by the parties and not the mediator or mediators.

Mediation is both voluntary and confidential, usually faster and often more productive than a dispute pursued through the court system.

Please be aware that our mediators are not able to offer legal advice during mediation and proposals are client led. Therefore, it is advisable for parties to bring legal representation to the mediation. Parties are each provided with a private room to confer with their own counsel between sessions. Mediation has a success rate of in excess of 80% of cases.

Additionally, we offer:

Early Neutral Evaluation

This is a relatively new service offering the two parties an opportunity to present an outline of their case and receive an indication of the likely outcome in court in order to settle the matter quickly and without protracted court costs.

Head of Commercial Mediation

Steven PorterOur head of Commercial Mediation is Steven Porter, one of our senior partners. Steven's approach to mediation is to help parties find a solution and the challenge is to achieve this where there appear to be insurmountable differences. He has been described as "calm with a patient approach which allows parties to express their feelings as well as allowing them time to come to a satisfactory conclusion."

Steven qualified ostensibly as a litigator and therefore has the advantage of understanding both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of law. He primarily deals with property law and heads the Property Department at JPC Law. Steven is comfortable dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters which can often become contentious. For many years he has dealt primarily with commercial property whilst still retaining an interest in property litigation, and in particular, dilapidation disputes and landlord & tenant matters.

Steven has over 30 years' experience and during that time has dealt with a variety of businesses most notably restaurants, shops, light and heavy industry.

In addition he has also developed a specialism in Housing Association Law and has drafted the standard documentation used by a number of large high profile registered social Landlords particularly in the areas of development and leasing.

Skills and Approach

Steven is calm and approachable. He will adopt a pragmatic approach and adapt to the needs and requirements of each client or party. Steven takes a holistic view using his skills to seek resolution and open a constructive dialogue where deadlock may initially appear.

His 30 years of experience has gained him a wealth of knowledge in dealing with disputes relating to the following aspects of property law:

  • Commercial Property
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Housing Association Law
  • International Legal Matters

For further assistance, please contact us.