Mediation has a key role to play in early resolution of disputes. The Mediation Act 2017 has made a positive impact on the resolution of commercial, healthcare and workplace disputes, promoting the benefits of mediation and leading to an increase in the use of mediation in civil litigation proceedings.
At Hayes solicitors, we are committed to and have a keen interest in, the use of mediation. While we litigate, we also encourage mediation and early dispute resolution as pragmatic responses to disputes, avoiding litigation for our clients where possible in order to provide the most cost-effective service.
Our accredited mediators are available to discuss mediation and to be engaged for mediation processes, if required.
We have four highly experienced and respected accredited mediators who are committed to exploring alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in all kinds of disputes, including in corporate/commercial, healthcare litigation, property and workplace disputes.
We have participated in mediations both prior to litigation, and during the course of litigation, involving several parties including employers/employees, insurers, public bodies, charities and multinational corporations, concerning commercial, boardroom, charity trustee and shareholder disputes. We adopt a commercially pragmatic approach to dispute issues and have presented to solicitors nationwide on the role and benefits of mediation.
We have trained workplace mediators with Legal Island and we are actively involved in the Irish Commercial Mediation Association, a not-for-profit organisation, which promotes mediation as a means to resolve commercial disputes early.
Benefits of Mediation
- Reduction in costs
- Allows parties control the outcome
- Better use of time management and resources
- Assists in narrowing the issues between parties
- Voluntary participation at all times
- Option to withdrawn from mediation at any time
What clients say: Mediation
‘The team is always available and provides practical advice relevant to the client’s specific sector.’
"Each member of the team provides excellent support and advice. Their response times are always excellent."
‘Breda O’Malley and her colleagues are very professional, friendly and approachable. They always explain things in a way that the layperson can understand and can always turn a problem into a solution.’
‘Breda O’Malley without fail always offer timely, sensible and practical solutions that are proportionate and workable within the company. Breda O’Malley is extremely approachable, is excellent in her field and without fail has always been able to quickly assess the best way forward in any given situation taking into account the business needs and context.’
"She is really sensible and down to earth. She's able to liaise with all levels within an organisation, and meet the needs of those different levels. She has the strategic view, but is also able to fight for the essence of the issue."
"Breda is very responsive, her breadth of knowledge is exceptional, and her advice is always given from both a legal and commercial perspective."