Your lawyer will talk with the other party and see if an outcome can be found through mediation.
Your lawyer is a skilled mediator. The most difficult cases can be resolved, and positive solutions found, through mediation.
At the initial meeting the assessor will explain his or her role, and discuss the case and how it will be handled. The initial meeting will not normally involve the other party. The assessor will discuss with you whether you want to mediate, or negotiate, a solution. If so, a further meeting, or series of meetings, may then be arranged to see if agreement can be reached.
If an outcome is not agreed with the other party through mediation, or you just want a legally binding decision on your case, CfJ will give you a decision, This is as binding as a court judgment by reason of the Arbitration Act 1996.
If you do not want a legally binding decision, you can ask to have mediation only.
There is no need for you to have a solicitor, as your CfJ lawyer will look after you, get to know your case and ensure you get the right result. If you want separate legal advice or support at any time you are though of course welcome to take this.
CFJ will cost you less than 10% of the cost of going to court and you will get an outcome in a fraction of the time. To find out more go to Cost & time involved.
Any decision by the assessor will be final and legally binding on the parties and will dispose of the dispute. If you do not want a legally binding decision, you can ask to have mediation only.