Business Mediation

Our business mediation team can help to resolve any dispute no matter how complicated or bitterly fought

Business Mediation is a way of settling disputes without the delay, stress and expense of going to court. Our commercial mediation services team can help to resolve any dispute no matter how complicated or bitterly fought.

We offer a solution to resolving disputes which is informal, cost effective, and quick. We can arrange business mediations in a matter of days/weeks. Whilst a judge is limited to ruling on the law our specialist mediators can help the parties arrive at more wide ranging, creative and better solutions.

We take time to understand the real issues causing the business legal disputes. As well as recognising that even in business emotions can run high, we are very much alive to the practical and commercial realities. Our flexible approach can help to preserve business relationships despite the dispute. Using our skills and experience we will work tirelessly with the parties to try to find a resolution which everyone can live with.

Our trained mediators are experts in the various legal areas in which they practice. They will guide the parties through the business mediation process to try to make it as straightforward as they can in the hope and expectation that it will be possible to reach a compromise acceptable to everyone.

We have a suite of comfortable rooms available for business mediations ensuring that each party has their own space and can discuss every aspect of the dispute in complete confidence.

Almost any business legal dispute is capable of being settled by mediation. Examples include:

  • Civil/Commercial Mediations
  • Building disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Company/shareholder disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence claims

We have particular experience however in the field of property disputes. Newspapers are full of reports of the astonishing costs which can be run up when neighbours end up in court arguing about relatively small areas of land. Property disputes are notoriously bitterly fought, lengthy and expensive if they end up going to trial. In contrast instructing us to mediate your property dispute is a cost effective, efficient and inexpensive way of resolving the matter at an early stage. We can broker a deal on terms which the court would not have had power to impose. This means that the parties can if they all want to maintain a continuing relationship which was perhaps in danger of being destroyed by the dispute.

For more information on our mediation services contact us today by calling, emailing or requesting a call back from one of our specialist mediators.

Who to contact

Jane Crosby

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby

Jane is a Partner based in the Guildford office and she is also Head of the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown. Jane specialises in employment Law and commercial litigation and brings more than 15 years' experience to her role.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

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