Mediation is an informal process that does not impose a resolution to a dispute and only becomes binding with the consent of all parties.
Mediation allows the parties the freedom to explore ways of settling the dispute with the assistance of an impartial and independent person (the mediator). It is essentially a process in which the mediator assists in negotiations between the parties to arrive at a settlement.
Christmas closure 2013
Please note that the RIBA's Dispute Resolution Office will be closed over the Christmas holidays and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014. The deadline for submitting an application for alternative dispute resolution is 5pm on Friday 20 December 2013.
Below is a document outlining the processes of the RIBA Mediation Scheme, and an application form: