Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that can be used to resolve a wide range of disputes; it is usually offered as a method once you have received independent advice from a solicitor and where both you and the other side want to find a solution to the dispute.
Mediation typically consists of an independent advisor working with both parties to reach an agreement by asking questions that help each side to understand the issues and the options available to them for settling their dispute.
Mediation is a voluntary process, however it is encouraged by the courts and if you should end up before a judge it could weaken your position or lead to adverse cost orders if you have previously refused the option of mediation.
Why use Mediation rather than court proceedings?
The process can be quicker, less stressful and more cost-effective than attending court.
Higher settlement rates.
The process allows you to explore and discuss various aspects of the dispute and all available solutions.
You maintain more control of the process, rather than a judge making all the decisions.
It can help you to retain professional relationships by being less confrontational than court proceedings.
It can result in a settlement document that is legally binding and on an equal footing to a court order.
Takes place in a private setting so the result remains confidential.
At Rotheras we can assist to resolve disputes in the following areas:
- Contentious wills, probate and trusts
- Commercial contract disputes
- Intellectual property disputes
- Professional negligence disputes
- Landlord disputes with tenants
- Insolvency disputes
- Property and neighbour disputes
- Director and shareholder disputes
- Partnership disputes
- Fraud and asset recovery disputes
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"Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.
Chambers UK, 2018
Anton Balkitis frequently represents the operators of both goods and passenger vehicles in court proceedings. Clients remark: "He has a commercial understanding of real-life issues and will always provide a balanced view
Chambers UK, 2019
Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.
Chambers UK, 2018
Chris Powell at Rotheras was recommended to us by a trusted associate within the Transport Industry; without doubt we wouldn’t have had the excellent outcome we did without his and his team’s involvement. The level of professionalism, expert advice and assistance was faultless; we felt reassured and well informed throughout the whole process. It was a pleasure to do business with him and would highly recommend his services!
Julian Brindley - John Brindley Ltd
The team at Rotheras, and Mr Powell in particular, have provided us with an outstanding service. We are extremely grateful for the help and support they gave us in dealing with issues relating to our transport operations and our goods vehicle operators licence. Mr Powell was professional, knowledgable, efficient and effective. He quickly understood our business and the problem we had. He responded with sensible advice and acted quickly on our behalf to resolve the matter. I cannot thank him enough for his help and I would recommend Mr Powell, and the Rotheras team, without hesitation. I am extremely grateful for the help they gave us.
Richard Hitchcock - Hitchcock & King
I would highly recommend James Briggs, solicitor at Rotheras. He has been extremely helpful, patient and thorough whilst helping me with affairs following the death of my husband. Even during lockdown (covid) he maintained communication and kept me informed of what was happening. He successfully achieved the outcome I needed and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
We are in the middle of launching our own packaging agency and contacted Rotheras for some professional legal advice with regards to contracts. After an initial call with Billy, he made it clear what we needed and asked plenty of questions to understand what it was we needed. He was very responsive to our questions, whether it be over the phone or via emails and made the process really simple. We had little experience in this area so it was fantastic to work with Billy, who explained everything concisely. We were also really pleased with the quick turnaround and great value offered. Would thoroughly recommend working with Rotheras.
Tom Burden, Director of Rightbox Ltd
Billy understood our requirement from the get go and really nailed down on what we needed in our commercial agency agreement. Billy kept us informed every step of the way and showed great professionalism. We would recommend his services to any start-up business who is in need of legal advice and guidance with commercial contracts.
Axl Barber, Sales Director of Rightbox Ltd
I was extremely pleased with the service that Kerry provided in order to sell my mothers house. Good, prompt communication and all questions dealt with or answered as requested. Consequently I would recommend yours services to others.
Anton has substantial experience acting for commercial goods hauliers and other transport operators. He advises on a range of contentious issues including operator licence, maintenance and tachograph matters, with a wealth of experience acting in public inquiries before Traffic Commissioners."Anton is a highly informed and personable lawyer.
Chambers UK, 2020
Chris Powell focuses his practice on road transport issues, regularly representing haulage, transport and logistics companies. He has considerable experience in regulatory matters involving operator licences and compliance failings, as well as more serious criminal investigations relating to fraud.
Chambers UK, 2020
Dear Sally, I can’t thank you enough for today! You took the pressure off me and I felt so looked after and understood everything that was happening. Thank you so much!
Richard Bates leads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Rotheras. Richard is a litigation specialist and can provide a wide range of services to both commercial and private clients.
Richard Hammond is a Dispute Resolution specialist and mediator at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors. Richard is also a notary public, processing client documents for international use.
Paige Regardsoe is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Millie Moreton is a paralegal in Rotheras commercial and dispute resolution departments and is based at our Lace Market office.
Abagail Clarke is a paralegal in Rotheras’ Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.
We’re Recruiting: Telephone Receptionist
An opportunity has arisen to join our team as a Telephone Receptionist. This person will be the first point of contact for all inbound telephone enquiries.
We are looking for a friendly and cheery person who has excellent communication skills. You will be dealing with clients on the telephone, taking messages and passing calls on to other members of staff.
The role is full-time, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and can be based at our office in The Lace Market in Nottingham or at home or a mixture of the two (hybrid working).
Posted on 10/01/2022
A Short Guide to Meeting Your Responsibilities as an External Transport Manager
It is not easy being an External Transport Manager. You have the same responsibilities as a full-time in-house Transport Manager however you might only be contracted for a handful of hours a week in the case of a single vehicle operator. Even for a diligent External Transport Manager it can be difficult to exercise continuous and effective control when you may only see the vehicles you are responsible for a few hours a week.
This guide is intended to be a short, no-nonsense crib sheet for External Transport Managers. It is by no means comprehensive, but it does flag up some of the more common issues that can ultimately lead to problems with the Traffic Commissioner.
Posted on 24/11/2021