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Commercial Mediation At The Dispute Clinic

Mediation is a powerful tool for resolving conflicts without resorting to costly and drawn-out legal proceedings. TDC has embraced this option, providing commercial mediation services for clients seeking an alternative solution to their disputes. In the following article, we explore the advantages of using commercial mediation at TDC and look into how it can benefit those who choose to go down this route.

Every day, people are faced with difficult decisions on how best to resolve a dispute or disagreement. The traditional approach often involves lengthy court battles that can be expensive and time consuming - but there's another way. Commercial Mediation at TDC offers an efficient means of finding solutions quickly and cost effectively through negotiation between parties in conflict.

At TDC, our experienced mediators provide impartial advice on each case so that both sides come away feeling satisfied with the outcome achieved. We'll take you through all stages of the process, ensuring confidentiality and fairness throughout; helping you achieve your desired results while preserving relationships along the way.


Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party facilitates talks between disputing parties in order to assist them in reaching an agreement. Although constantly involved, the mediator lacks the authority to make decisions or determine who is right and who is wrong. It's crucial to note that in a mediation, the parties maintain the final say in whether to settle and under what conditions.

This type of dispute resolution offers several advantages when compared with traditional methods of resolving any civil dispute, such as lawsuits or arbitration. In addition, it can be faster and more cost-effective than other forms of litigation. It provides confidentiality for all the parties involved and allows for effective dispute resolution through mutually acceptable solutions based on mutual respect between the two disputing sides. These benefits make civil mediation an attractive option for resolving disagreements without resorting to expensive legal proceedings.



Mediation is an ideal way to resolve commercial disputes, as it allows parties to come together and find a mutually beneficial solution. Common types of commercial disputes that can be mediated include:


  1. Commercial Contract Disputes - issues that do not meet the requirements for a breach of contract but could still benefit from facilitated discussions. These could include disputes related to project management, service level agreements, logistics, or performance, and could involve internal disputes within a company or between different companies.

  2. Breach of contract – when one party fails to meet the obligations outlined in a legal agreement.

  3. Misrepresentation or fraud – where one party has made false statements which have resulted in financial losses.

  4. Disputes over intellectual property rights – such as copyright infringement or patent violation.

  5. Disputes between shareholders or partners – often arising from disagreements about corporate governance or management decisions.

  6. Disputes between employees or employers - often arising from issues with workplace conduct, discrimination or termination.

These are just some examples of how commercial dispute resolution can help businesses reach agreements without resorting to costly litigation. By having an independent third party present during the negotiations, both sides can better understand each other's perspectives and work towards finding common ground quickly and effectively. Moreover, with experienced commercial mediators on hand, any settlement reached will be legally binding and enforceable in court if necessary.


Commercial mediation is a collaborative process that can help parties to resolve their dispute without the need for costly and time-consuming litigation process or court proceedings. It begins with all participants attending an initial session, where they will discuss their issues in a respectful manner while engaging in productive dialogue. During this meeting, the mediator will review any applicable laws or regulations related to the case, as well as provide guidance on how best to approach negotiation and communication during future sessions.

The mediator will then work with both sides to create an agenda of topics that should be discussed at subsequent meetings. This enables them to focus on key areas and prioritize important matters that are essential for reaching a dispute resolution. Parties may bring other representatives such as lawyers or experts into these conversations if needed; however, everyone must agree upon the terms before further progress can be made. After that point, it’s up to each side to determine whether they want to continue negotiations or not. With the right preparation and commitment from all parties involved, commercial mediation can serve as a powerful tool for resolving disputes quickly and effectively without resorting to court proceedings.


Commercial dispute mediation is a powerful tool for dispute resolution and TDC's mediation services offer several advantages that should not be overlooked. From its ability to offer an efficient, cost-effective method of alternative dispute resolution, to providing parties with greater control over the outcome, here are just a few benefits worth considering:

  1. A shorter time period – Resolving disputes through litigation or court proceedings can take months or even years not to mention the significant legal costs incurred by the process. By contrast, from the moment of initiating proceedings, commercial mediation at TDC generally takes place within just weeks or months for the entire dispute resolution process, at the end of which you will most likely have a mediation agreement and a legally binding contract.

  2. Lower costs - Litigation and arbitration fees can add up quickly due to lawyer fees, court costs, and other expenses associated with these lengthy processes. Commercial Mediation at TDC allows you to avoid such high costs by having experienced mediators guide the process instead.

  3. Greater flexibility – In comparison to the rigid rules of law applied in litigation and arbitration cases, business mediation provides more room for negotiation and customization when it comes to finding solutions that work best for all involved parties.

Thanks to its many merits, commercial mediation at TDC is well worth exploring if you're looking for an effective yet affordable way of settling your disagreements without going through long drawn out legal proceedings.



What Is The Cost Of Commercial Mediation?

Our fees vary depending on the size and scope of the case; however, we strive to keep costs reasonable for all clients. You will be able to see the full breakdown of our fee schedule on our dedicated page:


How long does the mediation process last

It depends on the complexity of the issue being discussed; however, many cases can be resolved within one session lasting anywhere from 1-4 hours.


What skills or qualifications do the mediators at TDC have?

Our accredited mediators have a diverse array of skills and qualifications that help them resolve most mediations without any further court action. Christopher is an accredited mediator with the Australian National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS) and has completed the relevant courses in the UK for Family Mediation, Child Inclusive Mediation and Collaborative Family Law, and now carries over 20 years of successful mediation experience.


What happens if mediation fails and you don't reach an agreement?

There are several options available for when both parties do not come to terms with each other through initial mediation:


• Emotional Impact: The emotional experience of being unable to find common ground can leave everyone feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The mediator will look out for signs of intense emotions and work towards calming down the situation. He might also encourage that the parties break briefly in order to cool down before sitting back down to the table.

• Creative Solutions: If one party is particularly resistant to compromise, creative solutions may need to be explored by the mediator. In such cases this could involve looking at different perspectives or exploring untested ideas in order to resolve the dispute.

• Continuing Negotiations: In some cases, there might still be scope for further negotiations outside of the mediated session. Both sides can decide if they would like more time to consider their respective positions before coming back together again. The mediator will try and encourage parties to attend mediation once again if he believes that there is still a possibility of arriving at a negotiated settlement that then results in a binding agreement.

Without a successful conclusion from mediation, it's possible that parties may have no choice but to pursue costly legal proceedings as the means of resolving their differences. Therefore, the role of the mediator is paramount in helping those involved navigate through challenging times and arrive at equitable outcomes without having to resort to litigation.

What is Commercial Mediation?

Common Commercial Disputes

Quick look at the Mediation process

Benefits of resolving commercial disputes with TDC

Frequently asked questions about commercial dispute mediation

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