The vast majority of my cases settle without a Court trial, by negotiation or at mediation. Mediation is a structured process where, with the benefit of a skilled mediator and counsel, the parties agree a binding resolution. It ends the uncertainty, publicity and cost of litigation, and the possibility of years of appeals. Favourable, creative outcomes can be reached that are not always available to a Judge.
You need to mediate at the right time though, with full information. The willingness to settle on reasonable terms is often much more focused against the backdrop of litigation. When settlement is achieved, clients are often relieved and thrilled with the outcome.