What is mediation?

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need to go to court. It involves an independent third party – a mediator – who helps both sides come to their own bespoke agreement. It is confidential and, until a signed agreement is achieved, is non-binding. Increasingly, mediation is seen as an important way to resolve disputes constructively, with the minimum of resources.

“Mediation is the future”
Lord Falkoner QC (former Lord Chancellor)

Why is mediation effective?

In contrast to adjudication, mediation is a very flexible process. It has no fixed procedure and, with the help of the mediator, can explore any issue that is important to the parties facing the problem. Within the mediation, the parties may find that their understanding of the problem is enhanced, leading them to find creative solutions that, previously, they had not considered. The final solution may cover the sort of points that would be contained in a court judgement, but it may be much broader than that. It therefore provides greater incentives for resolution than zero sum litigation, and is more effective at maintaining relationships between the parties.

Big Picture Mediation

Big Picture Mediation specialises in disputes within the entertainment industry. Our mediators, however, will use their experience within the industry to help both parties to explore options for resolution in a confidential safe environment. The cost, which is usually a fraction of the cost of litigation, is usually shared between the parties and is fixed in advance. Click to our Mediation Guide page for more details.