January 25th | 2018
Affordable Mediation for Small Claims and Middle Value Civil and Commercial Disputes
More mediators required for the small claims mediation service, and more ideas are needed for how to best serve those in the “middle bracket” (claims of £25,000- £150,000). These are recommendations made by the Civil Justice Council’s ADR interim report published in October 2017.
There are 17 mediators nationally providing a free telephone mediation service to claimants after they have filed. It is a limited service, often involving a 5-6 week wait for an appointment. The Small Claims Genie advice website has this to say:
"Please note that just because you tick the box on the directions questionnaire saying that you wish to mediate, it does not mean that mediation will
actually happen. It requires both parties to the dispute to agree to it. …
A word of warning. The feedback we receive is that the small claims mediation can be very difficult to get hold of."
We at Albion will do the following:
As for middle value claims, the report says that the cost of an ADR day is often prohibitive to litigants in person who are not saving on legal fees. We do not increase our fees in line with the claim or the settlement figure, as many do. The relief at settling the dispute without the stress and demands of the court system is often worth the modest fee.