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Mediation and Arbitration in Ottawa


Reliable Mediation and Arbitration Services in Ottawa

At Julie I. Guindon's law office, we understand that handling legal disputes can be incredibly challenging. Besides the difficulties involved, legal disputes can take a long time to resolve through litigation. Litigation refers to the resolution of legal issues in court. For this reason, our mediator and arbitrator in Ottawa provides our clients like you with mediation and arbitration services.


All legal issues have their own complications, which demand a personalized approach from the professionals handling them. When you come to us, we take the time to assess the intricacies of your case and provide you with personalized mediation-arbitration solutions.


Julie I. Guindon, Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator & Arbitrator has years of experience in handling all types of cases and can provide you with legal support that you can depend on. We practice the utmost discretion and establish productive communication between you and the other involved party.


Please contact us if you'd like to make an appointment with our mediator and arbitrator in Ottawa. We can handle all types of cases, including those that involve family law matters.


What Is Mediation and Arbitration?

Mediation-arbitration is the settlement of a dispute between parties to a contract by a neutral third-party mediator-arbitrator without resorting to court action. The mediation-arbitration is a hybrid process combining two dispute resolution methods. This process starts with mediation and in the event that the parties are unable to reach an agreement, they will proceed to an arbitration at which time the arbitrator’s award is legally binding for the disputing parties. The parties may represent themselves throughout this process or may be represented by a lawyer.

We offer our services for mediation-arbitration in Ottawa to anyone seeking to reach a legal resolution without the involvement of the courts.

Mediation-Arbitration (Binding Mediation) Services in Ottawa
While performed in a private office building rather than a courtroom, arbitration is legally binding. This means that the arbitrator’s award is final and binding upon the parties. The steps of the arbitration process are as follows:

  • Mediation– a neutral facilitator will assist the parties in discovering and determining their options to settle part or all of their issues. If the parties are at an impasse or unable to reach an agreement on some or all of their issues, the parties proceed to an arbitration.
  • Arbitration– document outlining each party’s view of the facts
    • Pre-Hearing – conducted by the arbitrator and the parties (or their lawyers) to confirm the issues to be determined in the arbitration, any preliminary matters should be dealt with, discussion on the number of witnesses, brief summary of their evidence, the place, the time and the duration of the arbitration.
    • Hearing - conducted by the arbitrator, during the hearing each party presents opening statements, evidence, witness testimonial and final arguments
    • Award– after considering all of the above information, the arbitrator issues an award which may include costs. 

Why Choose Mediation-Arbitration in Ottawa?

There are many reasons people are now referring to mediation-arbitration rather than the courts. Arbitration offers many benefits over litigation, because arbitration is:

  • Faster– generally there is no delay between readiness for trial and hearing date, and a tight schedule can be established to ensure a quick hearing. 
  • Less expensive – in litigation parties pay filing fees, copy fees, response filing fees and more, which are not required in arbitration. 
  • More flexible – arbitration can be scheduled around the needs and availability of the parties involved, making it more flexible than mandated court dates.

Parties have greater control in arbitration matters because they can choose their arbitrator as well as when, where and how the matter will be decided. Arbitration can also help parties avoid hostility, because they are usually encouraged to participate fully in and even help structure the resolution. If you think your legal dispute would be better handled through mediation-arbitration in Ottawa rather than litigation, contact Julie I. Guindon.


Get in Touch


Our arbitrator and mediator in Ottawa is always welcoming new clients. We can provide you with legal assistance for wills and estates, separations, divorces and more. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Avoid Lengthy Legal Disputes

With the help of our mediator and arbitrator in Ottawa, you can expedite the resolution of your legal disputes.

Questions about our services?
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