Farm dis­putes me­di­a­tion ser­vice will cut le­gal costs

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

A NEW me­di­a­tion ser­vice has been launched to help farm­ers re­solve land and other farm­ing-re­lated dis­putes.

The ser­vice has been de­vised by IPAV (In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Auc­tion­eers & Val­uers) in part­ner­ship with the IFA and the Me­di­a­tors’ In­sti­tute of Ire­land (MII).

“Whether it’s own­er­ship of land go­ing back sev­eral decades or mod­ern share farm­ing agree­ments, dis­agree­ments can arise that can be per­son­ally, pro­fes­sion­ally, fi­nan­cially, legally and so­cially very dam­ag­ing,” said IPAV pres­i­dent Ella Dun­phy.

She said the IFA mas­ter lease, which IPAV mem­bers will now rec­om­mend to all mem­bers, is am ef­fec­tive way for re­solv­ing dis­putes.

As­sis­tance

“How­ever, while some is­sues are eas­ily re­solved, many dis­putes can­not be eas­ily straight­ened out and re­quire the as­sis­tance of a third party,” she said.

“Tra­di­tion­ally this was dealt with through the le­gal route in­volv­ing so­lic­i­tors and the courts, but the role of me­di­a­tion is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing more com­mon.”

Ms Dun­phy added that me­di­a­tion is well suited to most dis­putes be­cause it gives par­ties more con­trol over the out­come, “as well as be­ing much faster and less costly than go­ing to court”.

The new me­di­a­tion ser­vice can be ac­ti­vated in a va­ri­ety of ways — through an IPAV mem­ber, MII mem­bers or through re­fer­rals from so­lic­i­tors, ac­coun­tants or agri-con­sul­tants.

IPAV mem­bers will con­duct a free open mar­ket rental val­u­a­tion to IFA mem­bers who wish to rent their lands.

And an MII se­lected mem­bers’ me­di­a­tion con­sul­ta­tion will be avail­able at a 50pc dis­count to IPAV and IFA mem­bers.

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