Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which seeks to avoid the necessity of Court action and the associated costs and risks, by working directly with the parties (and their legal advisors if necessary) to see is a mutually satisfactory solution to the parties' problems can be achieved.
Mediation can sometimes be useful in achieving results that Courts cannot, for example, no court can compel a party to apologise (!) and sometimes, the simple lack of a genuine apology can perpetuate a dispute in the Courts at tremendous expense. Other options may also result, particularly in the commercial sphere, which end up being mutually beneficial, or at least not mutually destructive.
For example re-negotiating terms of a partially executed contract (which a Court does not have the power to do) - this is often helpful where there is a genuine dispute, but the parties would like to continue trading with each other in future (this rarely happens once everyone has been through the litigation "wringer").
Estate and Corporate Solicitors has within its team an accredited mediator for commercial and other non-matrimonial disputes.