Of course, not all results are as successful or happy. Often, the parties may feel that they did not get the best deal they could, and it is a commonplace proverb between family lawyers and mediators that if both parties feel that the agreement was not quite what they were looking for, it is probably within the limits of a just result. There is certainly something true in that, and often after mediation, advising as a lawyer, one can see in their reluctance to resume negotiations or to reopen that there is indeed an acceptance, that this is the case. Mediation is a relatively unstructured and informal procedure, in which continued participation in the process and acceptance of a result depend on the agreement of each party. The rules therefore have a more limited function in mediation than in compulsory arbitration.