ADR is ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’, the umbrella term used for different ways of attempting to settle a claim outside the court forum. There are many different types of ADR including mediation with an independent mediator, round table meetings (where the parties meet with their legal representatives or alone) and arbitration.
ADR can be a flexible way of resolving a dispute and, when used successfully, savings in time and money can be made by both parties involved.
The importance of ADR has again been highlighted in the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of PGF II SA –v- OMFS Company 1 Ltd. In this case, the defendant was severely criticised for their refusal to consider the claimant’s invitation to ADR. The Judge disallowed the Defendant’s costs of around £250,000.00 as a result.
It is always in a client’s best interests to consider ADR to resolve a dispute rather than to take a case through to a trial. If you are concerned about issuing court proceedings, or are involved in court proceedings and want to discuss the ADR options available to you, get in touch for a no obligation discussion on 0800 999 8880.
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