Dispute Resolution and Mediation

We are pleased to advise that our Mr Neary has completed training as a mediator. Our Mr Tim Donnelly (Dispute Resolution Solicitor Newry) is a trained arbitrator and a member of the Association of Chartered Arbitrators

Are you the victim of a breach of contract, poor service quality standards, failure to act competently by a solicitor, doctor, dentist, engineer, architect, plumber, electrician, builder or other professional? You have legal rights founded in contract, tort & consumer law which you can enforce.

What we do: (Dispute Resolution Solicitor Newry)

Our specialist team can negotiate, resolve and otherwise assist. Our team includes specialist litigators and solicitors who specialise in this area. We can also bring in other colleagues who specialise in property, contracts, commercial & business matters and other related areas if and when necessary.

Mediation (Dispute Resolution Solicitor Newry)

You may hear your medical negligence solicitor talk about a ‘breach of duty’. This simply means that, for the type of treatment you received, your care fell below the standard expected of a reasonably competent and skilful specialist. In other words that they failed to treat you in the way you could reasonably hope to be treated.

Mediation can be used to try to avoid bringing a court claim, or during a court case to try to shorten it and resolve the dispute before the court makes its decision.

Mediation helps to keep lines of communication open and encourages positive discussion. It can clarify matters, gives you control over the outcome, and is useful if you are likely to have an ongoing family or business relationship with the other party.

Mediation is relatively informal – with the help of a neutral mediator (who might be a solicitor), you and the other party try to reach a solution between yourselves.

Mediation is unlikely to work unless all parties genuinely wish to reach agreement, or if one party has little incentive to enter into the process. It is not suitable when:

  • A legal decision is needed because an area of law is unclear or untested
  • An injunction is needed, for example to protect a party from violence or to prevent the other party from doing something.

In divorce or family disputes, the principal aim is to reach a solution about arrangements for children, property, finances et cetera, rather than to try to get the couple back together.


In negotiation solicitors act for their clients to broker a solution, whereas in mediation a neutral mediator works with all parties (who may each have appointed their own solicitors) to assist them to reach a solution. Mediation may be used where negotiation has reached deadlock.

Mediation and evaluation both involve the help of an independent third party but, whereas mediators help the parties to reach their own solution, evaluators consider both sides of the dispute and deliver an opinion. This can be on the likely outcome if the dispute was to be decided by a court, or on a point of law.

An adjudicator is not a mediator or facilitator but usually an industry or subject expert who is engaged to help to resolve disputes. Adjudication is often used in disputes about building projects.

An arbitrator is not a mediator but an independent third party who hears from the parties involved in a dispute and then makes a decision about how to resolve it. Arbitration is often used in commercial, international commercial and employment disputes.

Licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

A vital extra dimension to all these services is that, since we are licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we are uniquely placed to advise the increasing number of businesses choosing to pursue commercial projects on both sides of the border.

Being licensed to practice in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we provide high-quality, all-Ireland legal services to business. Our Strategic location in the city of Newry near the border and within easy reach of Belfast and Dublin also offers obvious advantages.


A solicitor can provide advice about the mediation process – for instance, he or she can help you to decide if mediation is suitable for your dispute, and can refer you to a mediator. A solicitor can also provide legal advice during the mediation, and explain the options if you cannot reach a solution. In some cases, your solicitor may accompany you and speak for you during the mediation.

Some mediators are solicitors. Solicitor mediators have the benefit of both legal and mediation training, and they are highly regulated. Solicitor mediators usually specialise in commercial/civil or family mediation.

Yes: you should get confirmation from the mediator about how much mediation costs will be. If you are using mediation in a divorce or relationship breakdown, you may be eligible for public funding.

Straightforward disputes may be resolved in a single mediation session of up to three hours, but more complicated cases or those where a large amount of money is at stake can take a week or more.

Family mediations typically involve three to five sessions, each lasting 60 – 90 minutes, over a period of two to three months.

The mediator cannot impose a decision on the parties, but a civil/commercial mediated solution is binding on all parties once they have all signed the written record (which is usually prepared by the solicitors).

The solution in a family mediation has to be turned into a court order in order to be binding. This is usually done by your solicitors, with your agreement.

No. Judges expect people to attempt to resolve their case before the court hears it, and will ask you if you have done so. Mediation is conducted on a ‘without prejudice’ basis which generally means that anything discussed in the mediation cannot be referred to in court, although the parties will of course be aware of what has been revealed.


Michael Grant
Solicitor – Principal

Michael graduated in law with LLB Hons from Queens University Belfast in 1985 He works with JPHLAW as well as being the Principal of Campbell & Grant in Newry.

Michael’s legal expertise includes conveyancing, criminal law, commercial property acquisition, sales development, residential property development, licensing, planning, trusts, inheritance tax, wills and estates both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.

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The firm aims to give its clients the benefit of long experience, which is considerable bearing in mind the fact that all of the partners have been in practice in Northern Ireland for over twenty or more years.

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