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Closing barriers: Why you should use mediation to resolve partner disputes

Mediation can be a speedy, cheap and low-risk method of resolving disputes between your partners, says Mark Whittell

18 September 2013

In recent years, many legal practices have disappeared by either closing their doors or allowing themselves to be taken over by rivals. While politicians say that the UK is not in a double-dip recession, the reality is that we are in a worse depression than that of the 1930s.

The traditional partnership model cannot survive in this economic environment and financial stress tends to exacerbate inherent problems and frictions between partners. Mediation is a useful method of settling disputes without the cost, time and risk associated with litigation. It has on average an 80 to 85 per cent chance of success.

Mediation is ideally suited to partnership disputes, as the partners are faced with business decisions that require commercial solutions. It should be at the forefront of any managing partner's mind to remain in control of these situations and to resolve conflicts and problems positively.

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