The company is working with Bristol-based ADR Group to provide expertise in mediating between parties in dispute. Alan Hendon, an associate director with Faithful+Gould in Bristol and Swindon, has qualified as an accredited mediator. He said: "Mediation is increasingly recognised in the UK as a valuable tool for the swift and cost-effective closure of a dispute. It is a voluntary, 'without prejudice' method of resolving disputes. The mediator is specially trained to assist parties in settling disputes, acting as an impartial neutral catalyst who helps the parties to arrive at a mutually agreed solution. In the past seven mediation cases I have been involved with, six reached agreement saving the cost, pressure and uncertainty of a court case."
While mediation can be used for any dispute, Faithful+Gould’s commercial property expertise ensures Alan Hendon is mostly used as a mediator on property-related matters. The company leads major construction and refurbishment schemes within the transport, property and industry markets, and takes responsibility for projects from inception to completion, including management of assets. It also provides legal advice and expert witnesses for construction-related litigation.
"Courts are increasingly encouraging mediation as a recommended step prior to disputes between parties reaching court," he said.
ADR Group is the longest established nationwide provider of alternative dispute resolution services. Managing director Michael Lind said: "Our mission is to create value through conflict management and deliver sustainable business solutions."