RICS holds a Register of Accredited Mediators. All Accredited Mediators included on the register will have successfully completed training with RICS or a training provider that meets the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council.
Mediation is an effective tool for tackling a wide range of property and construction related issues. It involves the facilitative role of a trained third party neutral to assist parties in themselves coming to and managing the settlement of their dispute.
A mediator helps to clarify and prioritise issues, crystallise needs, reality check and assist parties in searching for solutions. They are facilitators who guide and manage the parties through a process of controlled negotiations, as to avoid escalation of conflict.
RICS Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding, and private dispute resolution process in which a trained neutral person – the RICS Accredited Mediator – helps the parties try to reach a negotiated settlement. As a neutral third party the mediator brings a new energy to stalled negotiations or helps find a way to get parties to move from entrenched positions by focusing on their needs and how to meet them. The process is confidential, flexible and, unlike a court, there is no imposed decision: the parties themselves retain ownership of and responsibility for any settlement that is reached.
RICS mediators have specialist expertise that enables them to open up discussions and provide a wider range of options. Their ability to mediate does not rely upon specialist knowledge of the matters in dispute. However, RICS mediators do offer a wide range of experience of all aspects of land, property, construction and other disputes. They focus on personal, commercial and technical issues – not just legal matters.
RICS mediator appointments are made by the President of RICS from the panel of mediators. Panel Mediators will have passed the RICS Assessment Day and the requirements of the RICS interview panel.