History of Mediation
The history of mediation goes back to Ancient Greece, where village elders used to mediate local disputes between the villagers. Now mediation is a form a professional service, and mediators are professionally trained for mediation.
In the UK mediation has seen a rise as a service since the Children and Families Act 2014 made it compulsory for separating couples to go through a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before hearing in the Court.
There are some important statistics provided regarding the growth of the UK commercial mediation market increased by 20% from 2016 to 2018; this refers to commercial mediations rather than those relating to small claims. There was also increased scheme-related activity, this included activity from NHS Resolution and the Court of Appeal, which meant scheme related activity made up to be 37.5% of all mediation activities (HSFNotes, 2018).
The statistics in 2018 also refer to increased success rates in mediation with 74% achieving settlement on the day of the mediation session, reflecting the speedy nature of mediation once again.