Sample Mediation Agreement Template

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Sample mediation agreement
This agreement is made on _________________________________ 200__
Between:
of
and:
of
(each a ‘party’ and together ‘the parties’)
and:
of
(the ‘mediator’)
and:
of
(the ‘co-mediator’, and together ‘the mediator’)
and:
of
(the ‘pupil mediator’, and together ‘the mediator’)
Recitals
A.
Disputes have arisen between the parties (‘the disputes’) as briefly
described in schedule 1 to this agreement.
B.
The parties have requested the mediator, and the mediator has agreed, on
the terms and conditions of this agreement to assist the parties to resolve, if
possible, the disputes.
Agreement
Appointment of the mediator
1.
The parties appoint the mediator, and the mediator accepts the appointment, to
mediate the disputes (‘the mediation’) in accordance with the terms of this
agreement.
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Sample mediation agreement
This agreement is made on _________________________________ 200__
Between:
of
and:
of
(each a ‘party’ and together ‘the parties’)
and:
of
(the ‘mediator’)
and:
of
(the ‘co-mediator’, and together ‘the mediator’)
and:
of
(the ‘pupil mediator’, and together ‘the mediator’)
Recitals
A.
Disputes have arisen between the parties (‘the disputes’) as briefly
described in schedule 1 to this agreement.
B.
The parties have requested the mediator, and the mediator has agreed, on
the terms and conditions of this agreement to assist the parties to resolve, if
possible, the disputes.
Agreement
Appointment of the mediator
1.
The parties appoint the mediator, and the mediator accepts the appointment, to
mediate the disputes (‘the mediation’) in accordance with the terms of this
agreement.
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2.
The parties will share equally and will be liable together and separately to the
mediator for the mediator's fees and all the other costs of the mediation, as
described in schedule 2 to this agreement. The timing of payment of those fees and
other costs are also set out in schedule 2 to this agreement.
3.
If the mediation does not result in an agreement to resolve the disputes, the costs of
the mediation, including costs of advisers retained under clauses 7 or 14, will be
costs in the cause, that is, paid by the party who loses the action to the party who
wins the action, if an order for costs is made in that party's favour.
Role of the mediator
4.
The mediator will be neutral and impartial. The mediator will assist the parties to
isolate the issues, develop and explore options for resolution of these issues and, if
possible, achieve expeditious resolution of the disputes by agreement between
them.
5.
The mediator makes no representation that any such agreement between the
parties will equate with any result which might be achieved by a contested trial of
the disputes or any part of them.
6.
The mediator will not make decisions for a party or impose a solution on the parties.
If the parties request, and the mediator agrees, the mediator may, if the parties
reach impasse, provide the parties with a non-binding recommendation based on
the mediator's own knowledge of the subject matter and law.
7.
The mediator will not obtain from any independent person advice or an opinion as to
any aspect of the disputes, unless the parties agree in writing and then only from
such person agreed by the parties. The cost of the advice or opinion will be paid in
accordance with clauses 2 and 3 and schedule 2 of this agreement.
8.
The mediator acknowledges that, prior to commencement of the mediation, the
mediator has disclosed to the parties any prior dealings that the mediator has had
with any of the parties and any interest that the mediator has in the disputes.
9.
If in the course of the mediation the mediator becomes aware of any circumstances
that might reasonably be considered to affect the mediator's capacity to act
impartially the mediator will immediately inform the parties of those circumstances.
The parties will then decide whether the mediation will continue with that mediator,
or with a new mediator appointed by the parties. In the absence of agreement by
the parties, the new mediator will be appointed by
[__________________________________________________________].
Cooperation
10.
Each party must use its best endeavours to comply with reasonable requests made
by the mediator to promote the efficient and expeditious resolution of the disputes. If
either party does not do so, the mediator may terminate the mediation.
Authority and representation
11.
In the absence of consent by the other parties and the mediator, if a party is a
natural person, that party must attend the mediation. If a party is not a natural
person or is not present in person, it must be represented at the mediation by a
person with knowledge of the relevant issues and with authority to settle within any
range that can reasonably be anticipated and to make agreements binding on that
party in settling the disputes.
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12.
Without limiting the responsibility of the parties under clause 11, if any party has any
limitation on their authority to settle, this must be disclosed to the mediator before
the commencement of the mediation.
13.
Each party may have one or more persons, including legally qualified persons, to
assist and advise them at the mediation.
Conduct of the mediation
14.
The mediation, including all preliminary steps, shall be conducted in such manner
as the mediator considers appropriate having due regard to the nature and
circumstances of the disputes, the agreed goal of an efficient and expeditious
resolution of the disputes and the view of each party as to the conduct of the
mediation.
15.
Without limiting the mediator's powers under clause 14, the mediator may give
directions as to:
(a)
the exchange of brief written outlines of the issues raised by the disputes
and a supporting bundle of documents which are relevant to those issues
(b)
providing the mediator prior to the mediation with any such outlines and
documents, and any further information or documents that the mediator may
request following perusal of the outlines and supporting documents and
(c)
preliminary conferences, by phone or meeting, prior to the mediation
Communication between the mediator and a party
16.
The mediator may meet as frequently as the mediator deems appropriate with the
parties together or with a party alone.
17.
The mediator may communicate with a party or the parties orally and/or in writing.
18.
Except as the parties may otherwise agree in writing, anything said or done by any
person at the mediation is said or done without prejudice and no party shall be
entitled to call evidence of anything said or done by any person at the mediation.
Confidential information
19.
Information, whether oral or written, disclosed to the mediator in private will be
treated as confidential by the mediator unless:
(a)
the party making the disclosure states otherwise
(b)
the law imposes an obligation of disclosure, or
(c)
the mediator believes believe that the life or safety of any person is or may
be at serious risk
20.
The parties and the mediator agree in relation to all confidential information
disclosed to them during the mediation, including the preliminary steps:
(a)
to keep that information confidential
(b)
not to disclose that information except to a party or a representative of that
party participating in the mediation or if compelled by law to do so, and
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(c)
not to use that information for a purpose other than the mediation
Each representative in signing this agreement is deemed to be agreeing to this
provision on behalf of the party he/she represents and all other persons present on
behalf of that party at the mediation.
Privilege
21.
The parties and the mediator agree that, subject to clause 31, all documents or
statements produced, used or made in the mediation, not otherwise available or
known or subject to other obligations of discovery, will be privileged and will not be
disclosed in or relied upon or be the subject of a summons to give evidence or to
produce documents in any arbitral or judicial proceeding in respect of the disputes.
Subsequent proceedings
22.
The mediator will not accept an appointment in relation to any arbitral or judicial
proceeding relating to the disputes or any of them.
23.
No party will take action to cause the mediator to breach clause 22.
24.
No party will summons the mediator to give evidence or to produce documents in
any arbitral or judicial proceeding in respect of the disputes.
Termination
25.
If a party does not wish to continue the mediation, the mediator must terminate the
mediation in so far as it relates to that party and may terminate the mediation as
regards all the parties.
26.
The mediator may terminate the mediation if:
(a)
after consultation with the parties, the mediator feels unable to assist the
parties to achieve resolution of the disputes
(b)
the mediator receives, from a source outside the mediation, confidential
information relevant to the disputes or any party
(c)
the mediator receives confidential information relevant to a client during the
mediation
(d)
the mediator considers it appropriate for any other reason, which the
mediator may decline to give to the parties
27.
The mediation will be terminated upon execution of a settlement agreement in
respect of the disputes.
28.
Termination of the mediation does not terminate the operation of clauses 18–33.
Settlement
29.
Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, a settlement reached at the mediation will
need to be written down and signed by the parties or their representatives in order
to be binding on the parties. If the mediation has been ordered by a court the parties
will advise the court of the outcome of the mediation if required by the court rules to
do so.
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Enforcement
30.
In the event that one or more of the disputes is or are settled, as the case may be,
either party may:
(a)
enforce the terms of the settlement agreement by judicial proceedings, and
(b)
in such proceedings adduce evidence of and incidental to the settlement
agreement (other than matters which are privileged by reason of
clauses 18–20)
Indemnity and exclusion of liability
31.
The mediator will not be liable to a party, except in the case of fraud by the
mediator, for any act or omission (whether negligent or misleading or otherwise) in
the performance or purported performance of the mediator's obligations under this
agreement.
32.
The parties together and separately indemnify the mediator against all claims,
except in the case of fraud by the mediator, arising out of or in any way connected
with any act or omission by the mediator in the performance or purported
performance of the mediator's obligations under this agreement.
Governing law and jurisdiction
33.
This agreement is governed by, and is construed and takes effect in accordance
with, English law. Unless otherwise specified in any settlement agreement, the
courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any claim, dispute or
matter of difference that may arise out of or in connection with the mediation.
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