Talking away legal trouble with mediation

Adam Bernstein looks at how mediation can provide a helpful and cheaper alternative to an employment tribunal

As any employer who has been involved in an employment dispute will know, those that end up before an employment tribunal can be costly, time-consuming and distracting to resolve. And this is a key reason why more employers are looking to mediation as an alternative way of resolving disputes with employees. 

Those practices that prefer to have their day in front of a judge can expect to pay dearly for the privilege. Solicitors can charge from £3,500+VAT and disbursements to handle an unlawful deduction of wages or breach of contract claim, £8,500+VAT and disbursements to deal with an unfair dismissal claim, and between £6,500 to £9,000+VAT and disbursements to defend a discrimination claim. On top of that is management time in pulling together a defence and any awards made in favour of the claimant. 

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