Mediation requires skill, legal and commercial expertise and an understanding of each party’s state of mind and motivation.

A mediator’s role is to encourage communication between conflicting parties and bring them to a voluntary resolution. He or she will remain impartial and unbiased throughout the mediation process and work for both parties equally. 

A mediation will normally be completed within one session, which may last from several hours to a whole day.

Mediation as a means of resolving commercial disputes involving tax can be more advantageous than litigation in some cases. Recent tax cases offer salutary reminders of this. 

As discussed in my Lawyer Monthly article, the costs of litigation involved in these recent cases have been irrecoverable. This demonstrates the advantages of using mediation to resolve tax disputes either before or during legal proceedings. Read more about when and how to use mediation, in my article.

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Patrick helps people and firms caught up in legal and tax disputes to explore the use of mediation to settle their disputes instead of leaving it to a court to decide.

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Patrick Cannon

Patrick is a CMC accredited mediator.

He has over 35 years professional experience as a solicitor and barrister of tax disputes and appeals of all types, ranging from civil and criminal tax enquiries and tax investigations by HMRC to claims against tax accountants and other professionals for negligence. Patrick is strictly neutral and in a tax mediation will not offer legal advice or opinions, although he can advise on process.

Because of the convenience and considerable cost savings, mediations are increasingly being held virtually by video conferencing such as Zoom. They can also take place in person either here in Tax Chambers and Patrick can also travel to other locations in the UK and abroad to mediate where this is convenient or appropriate.

If you have a dispute that is currently being litigated or is likely to be, and you would like to explore the possibility of settling through mediation instead of court, please get in touch with Patrick for a no obligation chat.

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