Is the mediator allowed to decide the outcome?
At any stage of mediation the parties can together agree to give the mediator the authority to make a decision on the outcome.
This can help where everyone agrees on the facts but not on the best way to resolve the problem, or where agreement is close but the parties feel unable to make a move.
The parties must give written consent in order for a mediator to make a decision.
If you give written consent to the mediator, then the mediator’s decision is binding. You cannot appeal the outcome if you don’t like it.