Mediation is an area of the lawyer's legal practice. A lawyer acting as a mediator helps the parties in conflict to find a solution to a specific problem and avoid legal confrontation.
Definition of the FSA:
"Mediation is an out of court dispute resolution process, in which one or several independant and impartial third parties (mediators) help(s) the parties to a conflict to solve it themselves in an amicable way, through negociation." (author's translation of the FSA Directive nb 1 on Mediation, dated July 1st, 2005)
Mediation is one of the alternative dispute resolution processes, along with arbitration, conciliation and negociation.
The FSA mediator is bound by the attorney's confidentiality. In case of failure of the mediation, the FSA mediator is barred from representing any party in the conflict.