Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is an alternative to court proceedings. It can often achieve a quicker resolution at less cost to all parties involved. The courts actively promote the use of ADR throughout litigation and parties could even potentially be penalised if they do not take part. Even without the court’s promotion, ADR is increasingly popular due changes to litigating funding.

For ADR to be successful, it is important that we understand your objectives. We can then devise and implement an effective strategy tailored to your requirements.

There are many different types of ADR, including arbitration, adjudication, negotiation and mediation.

Arbitration and adjudication are often used in more specialist cases, such as construction disputes, and involve an independent third party with extensive knowledge in that area taking on the role of a judge.

In mediations, a third party is appointed as a mediator who will act as a go-between to facilitate a mutual agreement between the parties. The appointment of the mediator is agreed between the parties and normally the costs of both the mediator and hire of any mediation rooms will be shared equally between the parties.

It is important that you understand which method of ADR is best for you and that steps are taken to facilitate ADR before court proceedings are commenced.

We have extensive experience in all types of ADR with an impressive track record and we are here to help you.