Mediation: Resolving Insolvency Disputes Through Dialogue


Mediator: Nick Pearson

Sector: Insolvency

Outcome: Through mediation, the insolvent company’s director and liquidator reached a mutually beneficial settlement, avoiding costly litigation and preserving relationships.

The Challenge: When a company enters insolvency, disputes often arise between stakeholders – directors, creditors, and liquidators. These disputes can be costly and time-consuming, especially when they escalate to litigation. This case study explores how mediation can be a powerful tool for resolving such disputes, leading to faster and more amicable outcomes.

The Dispute: The liquidator suspected the director of preferential payments, asset undervaluation, and misfeasance, seeking a significant sum in compensation. The director remained silent, leading to a potential court battle.

The Intervention: A mediator facilitates a structured dialogue between the parties.

Key Steps to Success:

  1. Setting the Stage: The mediator clarifies objectives, encourages openness, and emphasises the benefits of negotiation over litigation.
  2. Transparency and Disclosure: Encouraged by the mediator, the director presents new evidence and financial information, fostering trust and understanding.
  3. Open Dialogue: Both sides discuss the events and the director’s ability to pay, fostering empathy and exploring solutions.
  4. Reaching Agreement: The parties collaboratively arrive at a settlement that satisfies both sides’ interests.

The Impact of Mediation:

  • Cost-effectiveness: Mediation avoids the high costs of litigation, benefiting both parties.
  • Timeliness: Disputes are resolved faster than court proceedings, minimising disruption.
  • Mutually Beneficial Outcome: The settlement reflects both parties’ needs and interests, leading to a sustainable solution.

Conclusion: This case demonstrates the effectiveness of mediation in resolving insolvency disputes. By facilitating open dialogue, fostering understanding, and encouraging creative solutions, mediation can lead to faster, more cost-effective, and amicable outcomes for all involved.

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