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Disputes related to antiques, old masters and classic cars are not uncommon and strong feelings may be aroused due to the values involved, reputational issues and authenticity of the item concerned. Legal complications often arise around sales, purchases, inheritance, maintenance and the quality of restorations.
Mediation is an ideal and cost effective way of resolving disputes involving these matters.
Whilst litigation through the courts can take months if not years, mediation is a more short-term and cost effective method of dispute resolution.
Together the parties involved have control over how long the process lasts, and what the overall outcome is. This usually results in an agreed satisfactory outcome for all parties involved.
Cases involving antiques, old masters and classic cars that are suitable for mediation relate to matters such as:
If you’re involved in a similar dispute it’s important to find legally qualified mediation support and advice immediately. Get in touch today.
Patrick Cannon is an accredited mediator and has a wealth of experience assisting clients to resolve disputes.
Mediation can be an effective method of resolving an issue without involving the court at all. However, mediation can also take place at any point during a dispute and often occurs close to a scheduled court hearing when both parties realise that they are facing a “winner takes all” scenario if the dispute comes before a judge.
Throughout the process, Patrick remains strictly neutral and does not offer legal advice or personal opinions. He can advise on the process however.
Mediation usually takes place at Tax Chambers in Central London. However Patrick is willing to travel to other locations throughout the UK and overseas where necessary.
Through mediation, Patrick assists both individuals and organisations involved in disputes. This includes private collectors, antique dealers, manufacturers, trade associations and more.
Patrick will support and work alongside all parties to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion.
There are several benefits to using mediation as a method of dispute resolution.
There are considerable cost savings to be made through the mediation process. Often, disputes are resolved within one session, which usually lasts no longer than a day. Comparably, court proceedings can last for weeks, months and sometimes even years.
The voluntary nature of the mediation process means it’s an incredibly flexible method of dispute resolution. Both parties choose when mediation takes place, the length of the process, who their mediator is, and the ultimate outcome of the dispute.
The mediator’s role is not to determine who is guilty and who is innocent. Instead, the mediator guides both parties through communication. This enables those involved to achieve a mutually satisfactory outcome.
More benefits of mediation can be found here.