Instigating dialogue as soon as conflict arises.

Easy and quick to arrange, PreFix offers you a new option immediately after a problem arises. PreFix mediations are confidential and without prejudice giving you the security to discuss the situation openly with the other party. You keep control of the problem and can solve it in the way that best suits you. Litigation ends up in mediation sooner or later. There is little to lose mediating early.

Right place, right time

George had managed the Business Park for 18 years but he wanted to start a new business. Although the properties were owned by Kwame, George’s brother who lived in Ghana, they were bought with family money intended to benefit both Kwame and George. George needed capital for his new business.

George tried various different ways to engage with Kwame. The physical distance between them made it hard and, in the end, the atmosphere felt toxic.

George found out that Kwame would be attending a conference in Cardiff later that month. George agreed with Kwame that they would get Prefix to help find them find a solution in the short period Kwame was in the UK.

PreFix briefed George and Kwame separately ahead of time. PreFix explained how a mediator is an impartial professional whose role is to help the parties communicate and negotiate an agreement. PreFix provided all the necessary documents including the mediation agreement and made arrangements for a suitable venue in Cardiff.

By the end of a tough three hour meeting, a way forward was agreed. Kwame and George rang their property lawyers and together they gave instructions on what they would like to do.

Solving the problem

Geoff’s aunt’s will just doesn’t stack up.

It was made shortly before she died when she was suffering from pretty severe dementia. Her previous will left £150,000 to Geoff. Whereas her last will left that amount to Geoff’s cousin, Phil.

The advice that Geoff received was that he could challenge the last will. That would mean the previous will would stand.

But she made that previous will before she met Stan. She lived with Stan for the last 10 years of her life. Stan took the lion’s share of the estate under the last will and nothing under the previous will. Geoff thought it would be terrible if Stan did not get anything.

Geoff is worried about a conversation with Phil. He doesn’t want to undermine his case if he has to bring one. So he asks PreFix to help with the meeting.

Although the meeting is strained at times, it becomes clear that Stan’s interests are as important to them as the legacy. And Phil agrees to share half of the £150,000 with Geoff – an outcome the courts could never reach.

Negotiate now

WXP had provided IT consultancy services to J Limited for many years. That arrangement was brought to an end in November 2018.

At that point, J Limited owed WXP £912,000 in unpaid invoices.

WXP got their lawyers to send a letter of claim. J Limited’s director responded almost immediately in a phone call to WXP’s MD saying that he would pay £650,000 plus WXP’s costs to date but “nothing more”.

The offer was rejected and now nine months later the parties were mediating the claim. There had been lots of correspondence on whether work done was covered by the engagement letter.

The mediation required the parties to disclose their legal costs. The total spent over the last nine months was £65,000, the majority from WXP’s lawyers.

J Limited was in fact in a very tight financial spot. They could pay £665,000; any more would see the company fold. WXP’s MD was left wondering what had been achieved over those 9 months and why he hadn’t negotiated when he got the call.

  • “During my career as a banker, I have learned that conflict is a reality. I have seen too many of those conflicts result in painful litigation.

    One of those conflicts involved a client’s family dispute – which could well have ended up in the courts. Jeremy worked tirelessly with the various family members to help them focus on potential solutions and to shift their mind set away from blame and the past. Jeremy had a clear vision of the future for them and that created sufficient momentum for the family to attend a mediation meeting. A thirteen hour negotiation resulted in an agreement that brought closure. Not only was litigation avoided but also the family could start to repair their relationships.

    I was very impressed with Jeremy. So I will be recommending Prefix to clients as a great way of resolving disputes in the future.”

  • “I found myself involved in a multi-million pound dispute between two other parties, and for years my legal team were not able to extricate me from it, instead running up significant litigation bills.

    Jeremy completely understood my goals, showed me an alternative path, coached me both on how to make the most of a mediation process and how to negotiate with the other side, and made a significant difference to the outcome on the day.

    I hope to never find myself in a similar situation again, but if I do then Jeremy will be the first person I call.”

  • “I was sure our long-standing family feud was destined for the law courts.

    Jeremy took it upon himself to intervene with an alternative.

    A series of one-to-one conversations persuaded each of us that a compromise was possible. Constructive roundtable negotiations resulted in an agreement that allowed us to move on as a family.

    I am grateful for his efforts as I have seen too many other families torn apart by litigation. I’m so glad I saved my children from that.”

  • “Our business was facing difficult and potentially damaging litigation.
    We embarked on mediation and  I benefited enormously from Jeremy’s experience and invaluable support throughout the process. He helped us prepare thoroughly so we had the best chance of a successful outcome.
    Ultimately, we found a settlement that brought an end to the litigation, minimised disruption and avoided serious consequences for the company. Jeremy’s involvement was key to this.”

  • “I had been being threatened with legal action by a large energy company for over a year. I didn’t want to involve lawyers and I definitely didn’t want the case to end up in the courts.  I reached out to Jeremy to seek his help on how best to negotiate with them. Jeremy came up with a practical plan and walked me through all its stages and discussed probable outcomes and various scenarios, which gave me a lot of comfort. He was professional, very supportive and confident in how we should speak and correspond with the company. The company ended up withdrawing their claim and dropping the case. If it wasn’t for Jeremy I would most likely end up in a stressful court case and with huge legal bills. With him I got the outcome I wanted in a surprisingly short time and with little cost.”