How to settle a dispute

There are two ways to obtain a settlement


The first is the traditional adversarial system where rights are advanced leading to negotiations and if that fails a trial takes place.


On the way both sides are working against each other and a great deal of expense is incurred covering each and every aspect.


It is true to say that most of Reasonable Minds revenues are derived from this traditional approach which now also involves bolt on packages of work to encourage you to try and reach agreement by mediation somewhere along the way.

“I'm happy to be able to tell your Lordships that you will not be troubled by this case; the parties have settled their differences.”


Those words, so welcome to the judicial ear mean that it has taken a huge amount of time money, stress and anxiety before a compromise has been achieved. Why could this not have been achieved earlier?


The second way to a settlement is to commit to resolving disputes by mediation, dialogue and cooperation.

All legal issues have a trail of other aspects that cannot be addressed in court. Finding a solution by a court order to a legal problem may poison future business relationships and cast a shadow on reputations.


To demonstrate our commitment to mediation as the first port of call when conflicts arise we offer specialist mediation and settlement services. We have registered the name Reasonable Minds and the figure icons as our trade marked brand for mediation services.


To negotiate a final and binding settlement; to make sure that all matters are covered; to express the terms clearly and unambiguously; to make the agreement simple and inexpensively enforceable requires as much skill as fighting the case.


The research we have carried out shows that outcomes through this traditional process produces outcomes are less favourable financially and emotionally that through the second way to a settlement.


The choice of process to achieve a settlement is up to you. Traditional or alternative, or somewhere inbetween?