The HVCA has launched an in-house mediation service that is designed to resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively.
The move comes in response to Civil Procedure Rules which require parties to any dispute to consider the use of some form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before proceeding to litigation.
Courts are empowered to penalise a successful party, through its award of costs, if it believes that an attempt to settle the matter via ADR has been unreasonably refused.
Mediation is seen by the HVCA as the least expensive and time-consuming form of alternative dispute resolution.
“Put simply, mediation is a form of negotiation carried out with the assistance of a neutral third party – ie, the mediator,” said Rob Driscoll, a solicitor within the Association’s commercial and legal department and manager of the HVCA mediation service.
“It is a quick, inexpensive, informal, entirely confidential process with a very high success rate, in which the parties to the dispute remain in control throughout.”
Mediations typically last no more than a day, and can cost each party as little as £300 + VAT.
The HVCA Mediation Service is being offered in collaboration with the Electrical Contractors’ Association.