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Avoid Litigation Be A Mediator Not A Litigator

By Charles Kelly

Avoid litigation. The well-known phrase "I'll see you in court" often ends in the bankruptcy court or losing your house to pay legal costs, which can run into millions. Not only is litigation costly in terms of legal fees, but it can also take up an awful lot of time and energy, and literally drain you emotionally. I once got involved in a dispute over a £500 unfair charge by a freeholder on a leasehold flat I owned. To cut a long story short, they kept escalating to so-called ‘costs’, like a game of poker, and we ended up going to court, but by this time they were claiming £14,000! The case took two years of my life fighting this small dispute. In the end, with the help of a great city barrister, who charged me £2000 upfront, I won the case and got my legal costs back. However, in reality I had lost hundreds of hours of my time, energy and sleepless nights. At all costs, avoid going to court and use arbitration services or just common sense to settle disputes. Courts and Judges are no

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