Eldridges is proud to boast that among our staff is James Thorn, the only commercial and family law mediator based locally on the Isle of Wight. James’ vast experience, in-depth knowledge, and personable approach are what make him a tremendously effective mediator.

Commercial law mediation is a process designed to assist businesses and parties involved in commercial disputes to resolve their conflicts outside of court. It is a voluntary and confidential method of dispute resolution that allows the parties to work together with the help of a neutral mediator to find a mutually acceptable resolution.

In commercial law mediation, the mediator is a trained and impartial professional who facilitates communication, encourages constructive dialogue, and guides the parties towards reaching a mutually beneficial outcome. The mediator does not make decisions but assists in identifying and exploring potential solutions that address the interests and concerns of all parties involved.

The main objective of commercial law mediation is to find a practical and mutually agreeable resolution to the dispute, while also preserving business relationships and minimising the costs and disruptions associated with traditional litigation. It can be used to address a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, partnership disagreements, breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, and more.

The mediation process typically begins with an initial meeting where the mediator explains the process, establishes ground rules, and allows each party to express their perspectives and concerns. The mediator then facilitates negotiations and assists the parties in identifying common ground, exploring different options, and finding creative solutions that meet their underlying interests.

Commercial law mediation sessions are confidential, meaning that the discussions and information disclosed during mediation are typically not admissible as evidence in court proceedings. This confidentiality encourages open and honest communication and allows the parties to explore potential resolutions without the fear of compromising their legal position.

Commercial law mediation is widely recognised and encouraged as an effective and efficient means of resolving disputes. It provides businesses with more control over the outcome, saves time and costs associated with litigation, and helps maintain positive business relationships.

However, it’s important to note that mediation may not be suitable for all commercial disputes, especially in cases involving matters of urgency, issues of public importance, or where there is a significant power imbalance between the parties. In such situations, seeking legal advice from a commercial solicitor may be necessary to explore other avenues of dispute resolution.

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Our Team specialise in a number of different areas. These are members of our team who specialise in this area. To see how we can help you, please give a team member a call, or alternatively, you can email a member of the team and we’ll get back to you as soon as is possible.

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James Thorn LLB (Hons)

Associate Director / Solicitor

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