Informality - No court rules or legal precedents are involved in mediation. The mediator does not impose a decision upon the parties. As opposed to adversarial forums, the mediator helps to maintain a business like approach to resolving a dispute. There are no fixed solutions in mediation. Parties can look to developing creative solutions to resolve matters and the solution rests with the parties themselves.
Privacy and Confidentiality - The mediation conference takes place in a private setting such as a conference room at any of the Arbitration Associations. Mediation is not a matter of public record. Its confidentiality is maintained.
Time and Cost Savings - Mediation generally lasts a day. Complex matters may require more time due to highly technical issue and/ or multiple parties. Without the formalities found in litigation, mediation usually results in substantial costs savings.
Control - Parties have control over their participation in mediation. A party can decide to terminate their participation at any point in mediation. Mediators help parties maintain control over the negotiation that takes place.