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Alternative dispute resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution, also known as ADR, is used to resolve a dispute without the need to go to court. Resolving a dispute in this way can reduce the drain on time, finances, and emotions. There are various different types of ADR, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Negotiation can range from party-to-party correspondence via letters and telephone conversations to round table meetings between the parties. Mediation allows opposing parties to find a workable solution with the aid of a neutral third party (the ‘Mediator’) to facilitate agreement. This can be particularly advantageous where there are long-standing relationships to preserve. Arbitration can be more flexible than court proceedings and again allows the parties to keep their dispute private.

We offer advice on alternative dispute resolution and will work with you to achieve the best solution for your circumstances.

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Lodders’ Dispute Resolution team are skilled at finding a resolution through ADR. Speak to one of our expert team for advice regarding alternative dispute resolution today.

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Jane Senior, Lodders Solicitors, Dispute Resolution Law, Stratford upon Avon

Jane Senior

Partner

Head of Lodders' Dispute Resolution team | Accredited mediator

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Michael Wakeling, Lodders Solicitors, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Stratford upon Avon

Mike Wakeling

Partner

Dispute Resolution specialist

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Victoria Khandker, Lodders Solicitors, Dispute Resolution, Stratford upon Avon

Vicky Khandker

Partner

Head of Lodders' Property Dispute Resolution team

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Ellie Crofts, Property Dispute Resolution team, Lodders Solicitors LLP, Stratford upon Avon

Ellie Crofts

Senior Associate

Property dispute resolution

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Lauren Smith, Lodders Solicitors LLP, Warwickshire

Lauren Hutchinson

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Dispute Resolution solicitor

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Typically, alternative dispute resolution is whereby a third party helps to resolve issues between multiple parties in the hopes of reaching a mutually agreed upon term or terms.

This method is often sought out as an alternative to involving courts, which can be seen as a last course of action.

This service is usually taken when other routes to a solution have been exhausted and is a preferred/recommended action by many, before or needing, to involve a court.

It is very important to attempt to resolve disputes by ADR as recent cases demonstrate that the courts will generally disfavour a party that wilfully refuses. However, if ADR is impractical, or attempts at ADR fail to achieve the desired outcome, then traditional litigation will play a key role and our team can guide you through the process to achieve your goal.

Arbitration can be more flexible than court proceedings and again allows the parties to keep their dispute private. Contractual documents often include an arbitration clause which designates that any dispute should be resolved using arbitration.

Mediation allows opposing parties to find a workable solution with the aid of a neutral third party (the mediator) to facilitate agreement. The mediation is confidential and gives the parties an opportunity to have greater involvement in the resolution process. This can be particularly advantageous where there are long-standing relationships to preserve.

Lodders’ Dispute Resolution team are skilled and experienced negotiators. Negotiation takes many different forms, ranging from party-to-party correspondence via letters and telephone conversations, to round table meetings where the parties and their respective advisors aim to find a mutually acceptable resolution, often on a Without Prejudice basis to allow them to speak freely.

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

Lodders’ experienced, specialist team understands that traditional litigation can be a time-consuming, costly, and stressful process and therefore we readily advise our clients on other options available, whilst ensuring that these are suited to their goals and circumstances.

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