sole and shuttle mediation

Our Local Trusted Mediators East Sussex are experts in family and civil mediation services. Resolve disputes quickly and avoid court with their help!​


what is sole or shuttle mediation?

Sole or shuttle mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a neutral third party, known as a mediator, facilitates communication and negotiation between disputing parties. Unlike traditional mediation where all parties are present in the same room, sole or shuttle mediation allows for separate meetings between the mediator and each party. The Trusted Mediator East Sussex shuttles between the parties, conveying information, exploring interests, and assisting in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution.

The Process of Sole or Shuttle Mediation

Sole or shuttle mediation typically involves the following stages:


The process begins with an initial consultation where each party meets individually with the mediator. This establishes a rapport and helps the mediator understand the conflict's background and parties' perspectives.​


In subsequent sessions, the mediator individually meets each party to delve deeper into specific concerns, interests, and desired outcomes. This allows for comprehensive exploration and identification of common ground.​


Once significant progress is made, a joint session may be scheduled to facilitate direct communication between the parties. This allows for face-to-face interaction while maintaining the support and guidance of the mediator.

Advantages of Sole or Shuttle Mediation

Sole or shuttle mediation offers numerous advantages over traditional  court options. Here are some key benefits:

  • Enhanced Communication: With sole or shuttle mediation, parties have the opportunity to express their concerns and interests directly to the mediator in private, allowing for more open and productive communication.
  • Reduced Tension: The separation between parties during sole or shuttle mediation can help reduce tension and emotional stress, providing a more conducive environment for constructive dialogue and problem-solving.
  • Flexibility: This mediation approach allows parties to maintain control over the process, as they have the autonomy to share information at their own pace and engage with the mediator individually.
  • Privacy and Confidentiality: Sole or shuttle mediation ensures privacy and confidentiality as parties discuss sensitive matters with the mediator privately, without the presence of the opposing party.
  • Customized Solutions: The mediator in sole or shuttle mediation can assist parties in exploring creative solutions that address their specific interests and concerns, going beyond the boundaries of legal remedies available in court.
Empowering Conflict Resolution

Shuttle mediation is a way to resolve conflicts when direct communication is hard. Instead of talking together, a mediator talks to each side separately, moving between them like a shuttle. This method helps build trust and understanding slowly, as the mediator carries messages and suggestions between the parties. It provides a safe space for discussions, allowing both sides to share their feelings and ideas without immediate confrontation. Shuttle mediation with Trusted Mediators works well and offers a flexible way to find solutions that everyone can agree on.