Property mediation

Reframe, through Joe Lott, provides a specialist mediation service that can help parties to resolve their property disputes.

Benefits of mediation

There are many benefits to using mediation to resolve disagreements, whatever stage the dispute has reached, including:


The parties can agree solutions that the court could never impose


They can choose the mediator, the venue and the timing of the mediation


The process is not fixed but can be adapted to suit


Parties can learn more about each other’s positions than they could without third party intervention. Better understanding increases the prospects of an agreement


Mediations often take place on one day or less and can be arranged and take place within days or weeks, online or in-person


The process is conducted on a 'without prejudice' basis which frees the parties up to have frank and more expansive conversations. Settlement agreements often contain confidentiality provisions

Why mediate

The process should not be viewed only as an alternative to formal proceedings. Mediation can be very effective where there is an ongoing relationship between the parties, and where litigation may never arise. 

The advantages are, however, pronounced when contrasted with court or tribunal proceedings.  

The courts expect parties to consider mediation and can make adverse cost orders where mediation is unreasonably refused.  It can be a more cost effective option even to tribunal claims given that tribunals can only award costs in exceptional cases.  It should not, however, be seen as a weak option that has to be considerd for cost reasons alone.

Mediation is a strong, freestanding, option that allows parties to take back control and reach agreements based on what actually matters to them.

About Joe Lott

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Joe spent 18 years as a solicitor in private practice, eight years as a commercial litigator before spending the next ten years as a Partner heading up the property litigation team of a major regional firm. 

He left private practice in 2018 to set up Reframe, convinced of the advantages that mediation has to offer over traditional litigation. 

Joe spends part of his time as a senior editor in the Property Litigation team at Practical Law to complement his work as a mediator. 

Joe is a CEDR accredited mediator, trained in online mediation and a member of the Civil Mediation Council.

Property experience includes disputes over:

Assured shorthold tenancy agreements
Breach of lease covenants
Break notices
Business lease renewals
Collective enfranchisement and residential lease extensions
Development agreements
Easements and rights
Insolvency issues
Party walls
Professional negligence
Rent, non-payment of rent and rent review
Restrictive covenants
Right of first refusal
Right to manage and appointment of managers
Service charges

Contentious commercial experience includes:

Company law
Contractual claims
Director / shareholders
Employment – restrictive covenants
Intellectual property


The costs of the mediation will be tailored to each case but will be no less than £650 per party and are unlikely to be more than £2,000 per party.

These fees are based on a full day's mediation from 9.30am to 6pm, include travel expenses (if any), and exclude VAT.  

If the mediation continues after 6pm an additional fee will be charged of £250 per hour per party.

The parties will be expected to arrange the venue for in-person mediations and to pay for this directly.  Online mediations will be arranged by us.

Contact and booking

To arrange a mediation, or for any queries, contact:

E:    [email protected]
T:    +44 7534 711 972
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