Mediation is a quick, cost-effective, and private method of resolving your dispute, saving you from the stresses and costs of court or formal action. An expert mediator can get you and your neighbours talking again: clearing up misunderstandings, agreeing practical steps for how to make things better between you, and moving on from your disagreements.
Neighbourhood mediation is used to address:
Noise and anti-social behaviour
Disputes over hedges, trees, and fences
Parking and shared access
Upkeep of communal areas
And benefits include:
Working relationships are preserved, improved, and future-proofed
Costly and time-consuming formal action is avoided
Tenancies can be retained
A completed referral form, providing us with details of the dispute and of the parties, and a signed booking form all are that is needed to book in the case.
The case manager will liaise with the referrer to organise the logistics, including timings, contact information, and online links (if required).
The mediator will meet with each party individually to discuss the dispute to date. These private sessions will last for approximately 1½ hours each.
Getting parties together for half a day allows for a comprehensive airing of views, as well as a discussion with a view to building an agreement.
The agreement is a joint plan of action decided upon by the participants. The mediator can write it up as a good faith agreement to give to both parties.
If there is a third-party referrer, UK Mediation will provide them with a Mediation Summary on the next working day (subject to parties’ consent).
The case manager will follow up the situation after an agreed period by contacting the parties confidentially to see if the agreement is working.
We understand that you may have some queries about how neighbourhood mediation works.
We’ve answered some of the most Frequently Asked Questions below.
Here at UK Mediation, we treat neighbourhood conflict as a failure of dialogue and as a breakdown in a relationship.
Our relational model, re:talk, aims to restore dialogue, repair relationships, and rebuild teams, while re:connect allows us to achieve the same objectives through online mediation.
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In this free 45-minute presentation, we see a dispute between two neighbours in a block of flats.
Our Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, then takes you through our seven-stage mediation process and looks at how it can be applied to a neighbourhood dispute.Watch the webinar