New NI mediation website launches

New NI mediation website launches

Pictured (L-R): Gareth Jones, LSMS mediator; Dame Siobhan Keegan, Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland; Brian Speers, chair of LSMS and Rosalind Dunlop, LSMS mediator

The importance of mediation in settling legal disputes in Northern Ireland has been highlighted this week with the launch of a new website.

The website has been launched by the Law Society Mediation Service (LSMS) as a ‘one stop shop’ for those involved in legal disputes which showcases the benefits of mediation as well as the contact details of over 20 local solicitor mediators specifically trained to work with disputing parties.

LSMS have launched the new website in response to the growing evidence which suggests that mediation is an effective, cheaper, and less stressful way means of resolving legal disputes than going to court.

Whether it’s a family, divorce, commercial or conveyancing dispute the new website will provide litigants and the public with options for consideration to help them resolve their ongoing and often protracted disputes.

Commenting on the launch of the new website, Brian Speers, chair of Law Society Mediation Service (LSMS) said: “Mediation in many cases is effective quick and involves less cost than a court hearing and is increasingly encouraged by the courts.

“We are therefore delighted to launch [the site], which provides access to information and a directory of professionally trained solicitor mediators who can help parties in the resolution of their dispute”.

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