The conciliation procedure which our partner Andreas May organises and conducts in his capacity as an officially recognised conciliator is governed by his Rules of Conciliation.
In this confidential procedure the conciliator acts as a neutral conciliator and support the parties in their attempt at settling their conflict by mutual agreement out of court. Conciliation is very similar to mediation. The primary goal is that the parties themselves develop solutions under my guidance within the framework provided by the conciliation office . In contrast to traditional mediation, the conciliator develops and communicates proposals for dispute resolution upon request of all parties. These proposals are non-binding. The Parties can also at any time end the conciliation procedure. Thus, the parties keep control over the outcome of the procedure.
The conciliator makes efforts to induce the parties to engage in the procedure and to reach good agreements. It is highly probable that the procedure can be completed successfully and that the conciliation costs are a good investment. Unless otherwise agreed, the costs depend on the time spent and will be equally shared between the parties. In comparison to litigation, conciliation is as a rule clearly more cost-effective and quicker. The advantages described in respect of mediation equally apply to conciliation.