mediation uk is a process where an impartial person helps disputing parties in a conflict come to an agreement. It can be used in all sorts of situations, from divorce, property disputes and neighbour issues to more complex commercial matters and even terror and siege situations. Mediators work with people in a non-judgemental and supportive way, helping both sides to reach practical solutions which would be impossible or difficult for them to achieve at trial.
The mediator will meet with each side in private to hear their version of events and how they feel about them, they will then bring the two sides together to start a discussion about what a resolution might look like. If everyone can agree on a solution then a settlement is made and recorded in writing. For some types of dispute, this can also be enforced in court. The mediation process is completely voluntary but most courts encourage people to consider mediation because it can reduce the amount of cases they need to trial.
Once a mediator has established a good track record of providing effective mediation services they may find themselves being approached by other organisations that need their help. This could be within the legal profession, or by mediation member networks, who will offer them opportunities for mediation assignments with a range of clients. You could also find yourself able to progress into more challenging or senior roles within mediation services, overseeing staff and managing budgets.