The popularity of mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution had increased steadily since it became an inherent part of the court system and was established in the Civil Procedure Rules. With the emphasis on flexibility, confidentiality and on parties mutually working towards a negotiated agreement, mediation avoids the rigidity, cost and intrinsic risks associated with litigation. As this clear, practical guide demonstrates, mediation provides a much-needed antidote to the more adversarial dispute resolution methods which do not take into account the parties' interests.