What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding, confidential and private dispute resolution process in which a neutral person (the mediator) facilitates the parties in dispute to reach their own negotiated settlement.

Is Mediation different from Arbitration and Litigation?

Mediation is different from Arbitration and Litigation. In Arbitration, arbitrators, and in Litigation, the Court, make binding and enforceable decisions to determine the rights and wrongs of disputes.

What are the advantages of Mediation?

It creates a supportive and constructive environment.
It enables the parties to control the outcome of their dispute.
It promotes communication between the parties.
It uses time efficiently.
It is cost effective.
It is a confidential process.
Settlement can be reached voluntarily.
Tension and conflict in the adversarial litigation system can be avoided.

What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a problem-solving process designed to involve a professionally trained mediator to help separating or divorcing couples to reach their own mutually acceptable agreements regarding the arrangements for their children and/or the resolution of financial matters.

What does the Mediator do in a Mediation Session?

Discusses and decides which areas are in dispute.
Explores each party's needs and interests.
Encourages parties to expand options and to select the most suitable solution.
Draws up the agreement in detail.

Who are the Mediators?

All mediators on the Law Society Panel of Mediators are solicitors. They have received training in mediation and have met accreditation requirements.

Where can I find out more information about Mediation?

  1. Visit the website of the Law Society of Hong Kong: www.hklawsoc.org.hk at "The Law Society's Mediation Services".
  2. Consult your solicitor for more information.