Understanding Mediation: Two sides to every story
The construction industry is often said to be confrontational and litigious. It is certainly a fertile breeding ground for disputes and these can arise from uncertainties in the inception, design, procurement and construction of projects.
The cost of resolving such disputes could arguably be put to better use in the projects themselves, or improving margins which, of itself; might help reduce disputes.
Unfortunately, the nature of construction means that the industry will probably never be entirely dispute free thus the next best thing is to try to minimise their impact. One way to do so is to adopt methods of dispute avoidance. Despite its increasing popularity, and the favourable testimonials from those that have used such methods, unfortunately they are still not widely used…