About the service

Parties can either use our Case Management System to select a mediator based on availability or can ask CEDR to recommend a mediator. 

Eligible cases

  • Two-party disputes
  • Both parties must have agreed a date for the mediation
  • Both parties must have agreed to use the Fixed Fee service and pay the relevant fee before a mediator is recommended or confirmed
  • The subject of the mediation must be monetary claims, with typical disputes shown on the right-hand column.

Ineligible Cases

  • Disputes between more than two parties.
  • Claims related to employment disputes, clinical negligence, personal injury or defamation.
  • Disputes that have complex and non-monetary claims as a part of the dispute.
  • Disputes with either a claim or counterclaim in excess of £250,000.
  • Disputes outside the jurisdiction of the Courts of England & Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.

Example dispute types

  • Boundary
  • Contractual
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Partnership
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Rights of Way
  • Sale of Goods & Services
  • Shareholders
  • Trusts, Wills & Probate

CEDR can arrange the mediation within 48 hours, or less if pending court action requires it, but we recommend parties give themselves at least a week's notice in which to prepare. The steps to use the service are as follows:

  1. Both Parties agree a date to mediate and that they want to use the Fixed Fee service.
  2. One party to book the mediator using the CEDR case management system or to ask CEDR for a recommendation.
  3. Other party confirm the booking or recommendation and both parties pay the fee.
  4. Booking is confirmed or CEDR will send Mediator recommendation.

Fixed price mediation provides the services of a CEDR Panel Mediator for a fixed price that covers all pre-mediation preparation and mediation time on the day itself up to a maximum of 7 hours. CEDR will select the mediator on the parties’ behalf or, for a small extra cost, a shortlist of mediators can be provided from which the parties can choose.

What is covered?

  • All reasonable preparation and up to 7 hours of mediation time.
  • Full administrative support provided by CEDR.
  • Mediators’ travel expenses to attend the mediation are included within the fixed price.

What's not covered?

  • Costs of a venue (minimum of three rooms is strongly recommended).
  • Refreshments and other disbursements.
  • Mediator time in excess of 7 hours on the day of the mediation. Mediators tend to arrive to prepare and set up the mediation no less than 30 minutes before the mediation begins.
  • Excessive preparation time, generally more than 2 hours per party. If the parties require the mediator to consider voluminous material or engage in substantial pre-mediation contact, CEDR will contact the parties and seek to agree on a fair top-up fee in these circumstances. If the parties decline to agree a fee the mediator may decide to decline the appointment.


CEDR can arrange the mediation within 48 hours, or less if pending court action requires it, but we recommend parties give themselves at least a week’s notice in which to prepare.

The cost is calculated using the scale detailed below. Claim values are calculated by the quantum of the higher of the claim or the counterclaim.

Claim value £75,000 £125,000 £250,000
CEDR selects and appoints the mediator £600 £1,200 £1,500
The parties chose an eligible mediator £600 £1,200 £1,500


Extra hourly charge applicable 
after 7 hours of mediation time

£120  £144  £168
(All fees inclusive of VAT)

CEDR Accredited mediators have been hand-picked to be on the CEDR Panel based on their performance and our clients' expertise requirements. Approximately 50% of the 150 mediators on the CEDR Panel accept appointments under this service.

All CEDR Mediators are appointed to our Panels in accordance with our Mediator Quality Commitments

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