Mediation is voluntary, informal and confidential procedure for dispute settlement, where a third independent person – mediator, helps the opposing parties to reach mutually acceptable agreement based on their own will.
Attorney-at-law Bilyana Popova is registered as a mediator and:
- Presents the procedure and rules that the parties agree to observe;
- Hears the points of view and opinions of each of the parties, without expressing any opinion or conclusion related to the dispute;
- Helps the parties to clarify the reasons for the dispute, in general, by focusing the discussion mainly on their interest, and not on their legal positions;
- Facilitates the communication between the opposing parties and transforms the discrepancies within the dispute into cooperation for its solution;
- May support the opposing parties by outlining the conditions of the agreement they have reached, so that the parties could make a written agreement.
Benefits of mediation
- The parties define their interests and priorities by themselves;
- The parties control the procedure result by themselves;
- Mediation keeps and restores the relations between the parties;
- Dispute settlement through mediation is time saving;
- Mediation is cheaper than court proceedings;
- Mediation is done in nice and amicable environment at party’s convenience;
- Discussions, meetings and agreements between the parties are confidential;
- There is a high rate of reaching agreements through mediation and dispute settlement without bringing lawsuits;
- Mediation is a procedure, which does not require imposing other’s will on opposing party and ensures win-win solution. It is aimed at making the parties to reach agreement with the help of the mediator and to solve the case in amicable way.