Mediation has been used in Spain to resolve conflicts for a long time. In the past it was mainly used in family (divorce, children) and employment law. Due to a lack of legislation it was not widely used in commercial and contractual disputes, however, this has now changed with the arrival of the Spanish the Real Decreto-Ley (Royal Decree-Law) 5/2012 and the Spanish Mediation Law dated July 6th 2012.
These new laws reiterate how Mediation is an institution designed to achieve legal peace, with parties only resorting to the use of courts as a last resort.
If you wish to commence leagl proceedings back in the UK you will unfortunatley be required to pay the increased fees as of Monday 9th March 2015.
You may think that the likelihood of yo needing to take legal proceedings is slim, but what would happen if you suffered a personal injury when you were back home visiting friends and family? It may be that your insurers would cover the increased court fees but we would invite you to take a look at our artcile to see the vast increase which may well affect you.
Given the sharp increase in the cost of going to Court, Mediation really is now coming to the forefront in England as well as Spain.