What process is right for your dispute?  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Processes compared

Confused by the terminology? Here is a quick comparison of some of the major features and differences in the use of these dispute resolution processes.

  • Private Meetings
  • Evidence
  • Time
  • Benefits
  • Outcome
  • Mediation
  • Private meeting
  • Not a search for truth
  • Usually one day
  • Privileged assisted negotiations
  • Agreement between the parties
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  • Expert Determination
  • No need for meetings or hearing
  • Documents and party’s submissions
  • Depends on complexity-a week
  • Expert appraisal
  • Binding decision (by agreement)
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  • Arbitration
  • No private meetings or communications
  • Hearing with documents and submissions
  • Should be shorter than litigation
  • Investigative hearing
  • Award (binding decision)
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Early Intervention Scheme for Legal Disputes

In our experience, getting disputing parties involved in early resolution leads to quicker, cheaper and more satisfactory outcomes than beginning with legal procedures. We can provide a fixed priced, results orientated, ‘value’ based “early intervention” Dispute Management Service to assist with the resolution of your dispute.

We are lawyers and dispute management specialists who understand both the legal litigation framework as well as being experts in the modern dispute management processes like Mediation and Arbitration.

We design a dispute management process that is right for your dispute and implement it for you. Once appointed, we will contact the other party to arrange a joint conference (either remotely or in person) and work with all disputant’s to define the problem, discard unnecessary matters, engage with participants to understand and relieve their emotional angst and narrow the issues for discussion and agreement or determination.

Our charges avoid the normal ‘hourly fee’ because we work with your objectives. By negotiation, our fees to resolve your problems can be an agreed sum relative to your achievement outcomes.

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