It has always been essential that businesses resolve disputes in ways which are cost effective and commercially astute. In today’s economic environment, that is all the more important. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers ways of resolving disputes which are not available through the litigation or arbitration process.
Our Alternative Dispute Resolution Team has extensive experience in dealing with various methods of dispute resolution. A number of the members of the Team are accredited mediators with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). CEDR is the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world. This enables us to prepare for and run a mediation knowing in broad terms the kind of approaches which a mediator will adopt.
ADR does not simply include mediation of an existing dispute but also early neutral evaluation, adjudication and expert determination. Our team prepare for and represent clients at mediations and other ADR meetings; they also provide detailed advice on tactics. We also have considerable expertise over many years in using mediation not only with reference to disputes arising within England and Wales but also multi-jurisdictional disputes involving parties overseas, ranging from individuals to plcs, state owned entities and Governments.
ADR is not a stand-alone mechanism in order to achieve the desired objectives for the client. Often, mediation and other techniques will be utilised in parallel or in combination with more traditional methods of litigation. Our recent experience includes: