UK Solicitors Dispute Case Study 

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UK mediation, the claimants insisted on a UK Mediation firm to conduct their mediation and choose us.The defendants were an international firm of solicitors who wanted to use a non UK based mediation firm for a variety of reasons.

The firm of solicitors were sued for breach of contract were it was alleged to have negligently failed to advise the claimant and her spouse that the property they were to purchase was subject to a restrictive covenant, the claimant alleged loss, claiming damages for the difference between the value of the property free of covenant and the price and the loss of opportunity to develop the property £79,000.

At mediation, as is always the case further issues were discovered which are not always necessarily pleaded. The claimant was in two minds about developing the property and in essence had not really lost anything per se, regardless as their solicitor contended the defendants should have picked up on the restrictive covenant issue.

A deal had to be done, but not at any price as the managing partner for the defendants said, in the spirit of mediation and to prevent any adverse publicity should the matter go to trial the defendants offered £25,000, eventually the parties settled for £40,000.

  • The mediation took 1 day compared to the 10 months this UK mediation dispute had already gone on.
  • The mediation cost each party, only a fraction each, compared to the thousands they had already spent on legal fees, and the thousands they would have had to spend, had they continued with Court action.

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