Mediators are skilled individuals who aid disputing parties in coming to a mutually agreeable resolution without resorting to litigation. Their services come with a fee (in most cases much less than court proceedings), which is influenced by various elements including the nature and intricacy of the disagreement, the mediator’s credentials and expertise, if any legal processes need to be followed after the mediation as well as prevailing market prices and the demand for mediation.
All mediators on the DDR nationwide panel are individual practices for their own account and specialised practitioners in their own field, therefore a precise fee structure needs to be agreed with these mediators.
■ Hourly or daily rate:
The most commonly used fee structure by mediators is the hourly or daily rate, where a fixed amount is charged for each hour or day of service. The total fee depends on the duration of the mediator’s involvement, which includes pre-mediation meetings, document review, preparation, mediation sessions, follow-up, and reporting.
■ Fixed fee:
This is a fee structure where the mediator charges a fixed amount for the entire mediation process, regardless of the time spent or the outcome achieved. The advantage of this fee structure is that it is predictable and affordable, and the parties can budget for the mediation in advance.
Mediators may use a combination or a variation of these fee structures, or they may use other fee structures that suit their practice and their clients. Mediators may also negotiate or adjust their fees with the parties, depending on the circumstances and the expectations of the mediation process.
Contact any of our nationwide DDR centres for guidance on fees of our panel mediators.